What was apparent during last week's Americas conference is that places across the USA and Canada are rising to the challenges created by COVID-19. Here are six of the most common challenges faced by place branders in North America, and how cities, states and regions are pivoting to tackle these challenges.
The dizzying transformations wrought by COVID-19 lock-downs are not simply economic and social shocks. They are also profound blows to the psyche of places – their sense of identity, purpose and sustainability. It’s a crisis of confidence. And confidence is one of the most critical resources any locale needs to move forward.
DMOs in every continent are pulling campaigns, re-evaluating their role in their community and creating strategies to support the tourism sector when travel bans are lifted. But how can we ensure that sustainability is still a key to our thinking? Nanna Thusgaard, Senior Manager for Sustainable Tourism Development at Wonderful Copenhagen, shared how they are embedding sustainable goals at the core of their strategy.
New Delhi has over 1100 archaeological monuments - but most of the locals were unaware of their cultural importance. Discover how India City Walks set out to create authentic local tours for visitors - all while engaging their community in their cultural identity
Don't ask what citizens can do to support tourism - ask what your tourism strategy will do for your citizens. Geerte Udo, CEO at amsterdam&partners, shared how to ensure data and insight are central to your planning and implementation, as well as creating a future-proofed strategy.
Being digitally savvy isn't a nice bonus any more. It's essential. Claus Loenborg, CEO at Copenhagen Capacity, and Guri Hodgaard, Director of Tourism and CEO at Visit Faroe Islands, share their award-winning social media strategies.
Design has never been more beautiful. Video has never been cheaper to produce. But if you don't understand the DNA of your place, you can't land a successful place branding strategy. Todd Babiak, CEO at Brand Tasmania, shares his thoughts for ensuring success.
Phil Batty from Hull, European City of Culture for 2017, and Sam Hunt from Waltham Forest, London Borough of Culture in 2019, shared how they each created a year-long programme that leveraged their cultural assets to deliver long-term benefits.
Lithuania’s DNA was launched by the Brand Lithuania Unit as a broad consultation with the Lithuanian society to understand how Lithuania should be presented abroad. Discover how the winner of the 2019 City Nation Place Citizen Engagement Award achieved place brand success.
How do you re-brand a city successfully? Thirty years on from the creation of their original brand, the City of Mississauga decided to relaunch their place brand strategy to bring their identity in line with the diverse population of the city. But how have they made this ambition a reality?
Placemaking is a process that "inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces... strengthening the connection between people and the places they share." But what does placemaking need in order to be successful?
Geerte Udo, CEO at amsterdam&partners, joined us for a quick interview to share how Amsterdam have put their residents at the centre of their strategies, and why it's so key to ensure that everything adds value to their citizens - especially tourism.
There have been many placemaking projects to reclaim disused areas and transform them into green public spaces, but none have the audacity of Raleigh’s 308-acre Dorothea Dix Park project. Sean Malone, President and CEO, of Dorothea Dix Park Conservancy to discover how citizen engagement and collaboration are at the core of their strategy.