City Nation Place Americas

Learn from place leaders across the USA and Canada how they are joining the dots between economic development, tourism, and quality of life for their communities

City Nation Place helps you break down the silos between tourism, economic development, and city governance to create a place brand and marketing strategy to engage citizens and attract talent, tourism, and investment. The 7th annual conference is taking place in New Orleans – join us at the Kimpton Fontenot Hotel for a two day programme that will focus on topics at the top of your agenda, including…

  • Shaping your strategy through community consultation
  • Fostering collaboration with all stakeholders to deliver a differentiated vision and authentic place marketing narrative
  • Managing change: evolving the objectives for destination marketing and economic development organizations
  • Practical approaches for destination stewardship
  • Improving collaboration with your private sector

All this, plus in-depth sessions providing guidance on place shaping, leveraging data, attracting talent, improving your destination marketing, and benchmarking your place strategy.

Who's attending

Anaheim Chamber of Commerce / City of Anaheim / Visit Anaheim * Arlington Economic Development/Arlington Convention & Visitors Service * Beaumont CVB * Burlington Economic Development * Carmel City Council * City of Desert Hot Springs * City of Elkhart / South Bend/Elkhart Regional Partnership * City of Fort Worth * City of Goshen / Goshen (IN) Parks Department * City of Grapevine * City of Mississauga * City of Stockton / Visit Stockton * Cleveland Neighborhood Progress / Destination Cleveland / Greater Cleveland Partnership * Colorado Tourism Office * Cuyahoga County * Denver South * Destination Toronto * Destination Vancouver * Discover Avondale * Discover Durham * Discover Long Island* Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina * Economic Development Regina Inc. * EDC of Florida's Space Coast * EDCUtah * Edmonton Global / Explore Edmonton * Envision Saint John: The Regional Growth Agency * Explore Asheville * Fairfax County Economic Development Authority * Flagler County * Frisco Economic Development Corporation / Frisco EDC / Visit Frisco * Glacier Country Tourism * GNO Inc * Greater Baltimore Committee * Greater Oklahoma City Chamber * Greater Topeka Partnership * Guadalajara CVB * Hamilton County Tourism, Inc. * Hello Burlington / Tourism Burlington * Houston First Corporation * Indiana State * Louisiana Northshore * Meet Minneapolis / GREATER MSP * Memphis Management Group * Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp * New Orleans & Company * New York City Tourism + Conventions * Ottawa Tourism * Pennsylvania Council on the Arts * PROCOMER * Providence Warwick CVB * Québec International * Québec International * Sonoma County Tourism * Space Center Houston * Toronto Global * Tourism Calgary * Tourism Industry Association of Alberta (TIAA) * Town of Marana, Arizona * Town of Newmarket * Travel Lane County * Travel Manitoba * Travel Santa Ana * Virginia Tourism Corporation * Visit Beloit * Visit Conroe * Visit Corpus Christi * Visit Hershey & Harrisburg * Visit Iceland * Visit Jackson, TN * Visit Lake Charles * Visit Modesto * Visit Overland Park * Visit Philadelphia * Visit Plano / City of Plano * Visit Salt Lake * Visit Shreveport-Bossier * Visit South Padre Island * Visit Syracuse * Visit Tampa Bay * Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge * VisitErie * VisitPITTSBURGH

Hear from some of our previous attendees!

In my 11 years at Destination Cleveland, the City Nation Place conference has been the one gathering that has always made me feel seen year after year. I work every day at the intersection of our residents, hospitality community, economic development ecosystem, and public sector. Your agendas never disappoint - - always delivering exactly what my team (and organization) need to take our community to the next level as a destination product.

Hannah Belsito Chief Experience Officer, Destination Cleveland

You’ve created a truly unique platform that allows us to holistically address the most pressing issues facing our industry and our communities. I thought the content was spot on and can’t wait until next time! As a colleague commented to me, “this is THE event for early adopters.” Couldn’t agree more!!

Adam Burke President & CEO, Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Five reasons to book your place now...

1. Discover practical ideas to help you join the dots between tourism, economic development, city governance, and your quality of life proposition, ensuring you can deliver more effectively against your objectives

2. The complete agenda brings perspectives from a diverse range of places to ensure that every session will have useful takeaways – you’ll hear from Alberta, Asheville, Baltimore, Burlington, Colorado, Fairfax County, Houston, Lake Charles, Minneapolis, Mississauga, Nashville, New York, North Carolina, Philadelphia, Regina, Utah and Vancouver

3. Learn from the examples of destinations who are collaborating between tourism and economic development to strengthen your understanding of how to build effective collaboration between place stakeholders

4. Be inspired by an international best practice case study as Iceland share how to successfully develop an authentic voice for your place brand

5. Join peer-to-peer roundtable discussions and hear from 12 of the world’s leading expert consultancies on place branding, place marketing, and place-shaping who will share new research, new case studies, and new opportunities to benchmark your own organization’s work


Thank you to our host partners in New Orleans!

City Nation Place breaks down the silos between tourism, economic development, and city management to foster a dialogue on how places can work better together to attract talent, tourism, and investment and improve the quality of life for communities. We share this goal with City Nation Place. New Orleans is well-established as one of our nation’s most distinguished hosts of complex events, conferences, and meetings. The city is well known for its unique brand of joy, celebrations, festivals, food, music, architecture and so much more. New Orleans is Built to Host, which at its foundation is because of our diverse and welcoming people.

Walt Leger President & CEO, New Orleans & Co

The City Nation Place team thrives at helping cities around the world showcase the best of what they have to offer, and it’s exciting that they have chosen New Orleans for their next major conference. City Nation Place Americas not only serves as a great chance for attendees to see how economic development and tourism work hand in hand, but also an opportunity for them to experience the best of what our city has to offer. We look forward to welcoming them to the Crescent City.

Michael Hecht President & CEO, GNO Inc