In 2017, challenges facing South Africa's economy made global news, and the investment brand was severely damaged. To combat this, the Western Cape Government launched a campaign to increase investor confidence and to position the region as 'more' than just tourism.
What happens when place branding becomes separated from the government? What changes when the private sector becomes the leading driver of a place brand strategy? Can it work? We looked to three contrasting examples of private sector-led place branding initiatives to understand some developing trends in private sector engagement.
Sustainability is increasingly seen as an intrinsic element of a place brand strategy - both in terms of managing your environmental impact and the longer-term impact of policies and strategies on your community. With the deadline for the #CNPAwards approaching, we asked Leigh Dawber, Chief Marketing Officer for Cape Town Tourism, how she feels that places should work to embed a more sustainable approach into their place brand vision.
At City Nation Place, we talk about creating and implementing nation branding strategies that engage all stakeholders. The Brand Summit South Africa is a working example of an initiative to bring together all the key voices of a nation to focus on how to develop and promote the brand to the world. Ahead of the second Summit, taking place on 6 & 7 June in Johannesburg, we caught up with Solly Moeng, the convenor of the Summit, to find out more.