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Take Another Look: Azerbaijan’s path to a successful design identity

Azerbaijan took the world by storm with their 2018 “Take Another Look” campaign which encouraged travellers to see the nation’s wonderful diversity. We reached out to Fidan Aliyeva, Azerbaijan Tourism Board, to understand the key to their successful design identity and how an organisation that is still forging its path adapted to the new challenges of COVID-19.

label_outline Tourism Destination Marketing Cultural Heritage Social Media Design

Destination branding in a time of lockdown

What does it mean to be a destination when visitors can no longer travel? Far from obstacle or paralysis, COVID-19 should be a call-out for innovators to create new and timely solutions. How can you utilise this time to make your destination seem so desirable that it's the first place people want to visit when the travel restrictions are lifted?

label_outline Social Media Digital Reputation Place Branding Destination Marketing

What investment promotion agencies can do now to prepare for what's coming next

There are echoes from the recent past in what the global economy is facing today. The SARS epidemic, two Gulf Wars, the bursting of the dot-com bubble, 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis, although different, were external shocks that required swift and focused action. From first-hand experience during those times, and reviewing some of the best initiatives IPAs around the world are already taking today, here is a battle plan for what to do.

label_outline Investment Promotion Social Media Crisis Management

How the private sector saved Visit Mexico

In late 2018 it was announced that the Mexican Tourism Promotion Council would be disbanded. A year and a half on, we spoke with Carlos Alberto González González, Director General of the newly relaunched Visit Mexico, to understand how they’re collaborating with industry partners as well as how data is enabling a low-budget promotion strategy during COVID-19.

label_outline Tourism Funding Crisis Management Social Media Destination Marketing Collaboration
Sage Brennan Sage Brennan Co-Founder, China Luxury Advisors

Seeking opportunity in crisis

Among the many tantalizing tropes trotted out by diplomats and China watchers is one popularized in the late fifties by John F. Kennedy: that the Chinese word for “crisis” 危机 weiji is a combination of two characters for “danger” and “opportunity.''

Weiji sure does seem timely. Global turmoil inspires caution and deliberation, but also resolve and visionary action.

label_outline Social Media Economic Development Tourism Investment Promotion Destination Marketing
Leigh Dawber Leigh Dawber Chief Marketing Officer, Cape Town Tourism

Embedding a sustainable approach in your place brand strategy

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.

label_outline Tourism Social Media Destination Marketing Sustainability Place Branding Citizen Engagement

Eight quotes that will change your thinking about destination marketing in LatAm & the Caribbean

With just two weeks until our inaugural City Nation Place Latin America & Caribbean conference and with a line-up of place branding leaders set to share their expertise, we’ve gathered eight of the best quotes to give you a quick sneak preview of the ground-breaking discussion planned for Costa Rica. Of course, many of the issues they raise will be relevant around the world….

label_outline Place Branding Citizen Engagement Social Media Destination Marketing Advocacy

Five key learnings from City Nation Place Americas 2019

June 6th saw nearly 200 dedicated place branders arriving in West Hollywood for the third annual City Nation Place Americas conference. As always, the debates were honest, the conversations cutting-edge, and it was an insightful and inspiring experience to exchange ideas with the top minds in destination marketing and economic development. However, in a day packed with perceptive commentary, there were five key ideas that particularly stood out to us.

label_outline Tourism Social Media Economic Development Citizen Engagement Talent Attraction Investment Promotion Destination Marketing Advocacy

Working with media in an era of shrinking newsrooms to tell your place story

Sara Garibaldi, Managing Director, Travel & Economic  Development, Ketchum
Laura Guimond, Senior PR Manager, International, Travel Portland
Elisabeth Wieselthaler-Toelly, VP Global PR & Media Relations, San Francisco Travel
Emily Kaufman (aka: The Travel Mom)
Jenny Peters, Freelancer, (USAT, New York Mag, The Telegraph, Variety)

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