Trends & Insights

Blog posts bringing together takeaways from events, interviews, and our conversations with place branding practitioners around the world that suggest important trends, or provide inspiring ideas.

Trends & Ideas

Place Branding for the 2020s - and how COVID-19 is impacting on strategic thinking

Two months ago, we were living and working in a different world. What started as research around the emerging trends in 2020 rapidly gained new importance as COVID-19 put the world on lockdown. Discover the discrepancies between our pre- and post-COVID-19 findings to understand how places can adapt their destination marketing and investment promotion strategies for this new reality.

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Now is the time to rethink our communities

In our recent survey looking at Place Branding for the 2020s, we asked our respondents whether their storytelling was rooted in place values or focused primarily on place assets – the answers suggested a slightly stronger focus on assets. The COVID-19 pandemic has given us an opportunity to pause and think about whether we want to continue on the same tracks we've been running along for the last five decades or if there's time for real change in the way that we think about what we are doing, and what our places stand for.

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Aftercare after COVID-19

A global recession is unavoidable. UNCTAD [The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development] are estimating that global FDI could drop by as much as 40%. And with companies likely to look towards regionalising their supply chains, a comprehensive Aftercare strategy has never been more important. But how has Aftercare evolved to meet the demands of a COVID-19 world?

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COVID-19 & the Climate Change Emergency: recovery planning for a more sustainable future

Is there a danger that we lose focus on sustainability in favour of quick recovery after COVID-19? Or is now the time to make real change, to take this global standstill and use it as a chance to determine how we can build more sustainable tourism and place economies?

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What does 5G mean for place marketing, placemaking and place branding?

5G has been in the pipeline since as early as 2008. Today, 5G is nearly in our grasp and 2020 will see the first roll out of commercially viable 5G in consumer devices. But what does it really mean for cities? For businesses? Will 5G herald the next wave of digital transformation or will we just be living in a faster version of our current society?

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Looking Forward as a Tourism Industry Amidst the Uncertainty of COVID-19

While COVID-19 is impacting all industries, the tourism & hospitality sector has experienced the most impact to date given increasing travel restrictions, major event cancellations and overall risk aversion to travel internationally and domestically. Even whilst fire-fighting through the immediate impact, it’s also time to think to the future and recovery planning.

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Trends & Ideas

Looking Forward as a Tourism Industry Amidst the Uncertainty of COVID-19

While COVID-19 is impacting all industries, the tourism & hospitality sector has experienced the most impact to date given increasing travel restrictions, major event cancellations and overall risk aversion to travel internationally and domestically. Even whilst fire-fighting through the immediate impact, it’s also time to think to the future and recovery planning.

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