Benchmarking and celebrating best practice in place branding and marketing.

Deadline for entries 6th September 2019

Now in their fifth year, the City Nation Place Awards celebrate and benchmark place branding and marketing strategies from around the world. Whether you are working to develop and communicate the values and economy of a neighbourhood, a town, a city, a region, a state, or a nation, these Awards provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate to your team and to your citizens that your approach is innovative, creative, and of course effective

The City Nation Place Awards attract entries from destination marketing organisations, mayoral offices, investment promotion agencies, economic development teams, country branding committees, and the agencies and consultancies who support them. There is no cost to enter – the Awards are all about celebrating and sharing best practice. All entries will be reviewed by our independent jury of place branding practitioners and the winners will be announced at the City Nation Place Global conference, taking place in London on 7 November 2019.

Timeline for 2019

Friday 17 May: Open for Entries

Friday 6 September: Deadline for entries

Thursday 3 October: Finalists announced

Thursday 7 November: Winners announced at the City Nation Place Global Conference in London

Three reasons to enter the City Nation Place Awards:

  • Demonstrate the value of what your team is delivering for your place to your citizens, to your private sector stakeholders, and to your government
  • Benchmark your approach against the place branding and communication strategies of other places from around the world
  • All finalists will be offered a preferential rate to attend the City Nation Place Global conference in London

  • Categories

    Best Use of Design

    This category is open to entry by place leadership and marketing teams, and by the brand and design consultancies who work with them.


    Best Use of Social Media

    This category is for a place which uses social media to engage citizens, to promote policy, to attract tourism, talent or investment can make the effective difference to a place brand.


    Best Citizen Engagement

    This category is all about the people factor – a place brand is obviously as much about the people as it might be about government policy, infrastructure, natural attractions, culture, trade or tourism.


    Best Communication Strategy

    This categories will recognise that the strategic communication of place brand values should be about so much more than a single objective or single channel advertising campaign.


    Place Brand of the Year

    This category is intended to recognise the achievement of place branding teams who bring everything together.



    All the finalists’ case studies are included in our City Nation Place Awards 2018 Showcase booklet, available to buy for £29 + VAT. FIND OUT MORE.

    • Pick up inspirational ideas
    • Improve your understanding of how other towns, cities, regions and nations around the world tackle the challenges and make the most of the opportunities of citizen engagement and social media
    • See how place brand design identities can work harder to deliver against objectives
    • Learn from communication strategies that deliver results across tourism, FDI, talent attraction, and change perceptions
    • Understand how other places develop a collaborative, cohesive brand strategy, with a unified vision, that successfully drives economic development