Place branding refers to the strategic development of a competitive identity for brands for geographical locations such as cities, regions and nations to distinguish them from others and to enhance their reputation, with the goal to ultimately to attract tourism, talent, trade and investment.
Places compete for a ‘share of wallet’ for tourism, talent, trade and investment. A distinctive place brand is a competitive advantage.
Robert Govers, Erik van‘t Klooster and Gerard Van Keken have identified the 5 key principles of place branding as:
Nation Branding is a country positions and promotes itself as a place for people to visit, invest in, and build a good reputation for their quality of goods and services as well as talent.
City Branding is how a city positions itself to give it a city a unique identity and transform it from a location into a destination for economic, political and cultural development.
Destination Branding are all the activities that are undergone to give a place a unique, distinctive and competitive destination identity.
“Brand Africa | Africa’s Best Places” is a Brand Africa’s initiative to recognize and rank the best places in Africa.
While Africa is rich in valued mineral resources, enviable indigenous fauna and flaura, arable land, youthful (70% under age of 30), and is the second most populous continent accounting for 17.5% of world population, it attracts roughly only 5 percent of the world's inbound tourism and FDI.
Place branding will help the continent to build distinctive nations, cities, regions and destinations so that they stand out from others, and communicate their benefits and strengths to potential investors, visitors or residents; and create alignment between the messages created for and by government, business, citizens and visitors.
Recognizing Africa’s Best Places will inspire pride in African places, enhance their competitiveness, grow tourism and investment, and ultimately contribute to the greater development and image of the continent.
The awards are open to global and African private and public institutions, agencies and practitioners.
Any work initiated to drive tourism, trade, investment, economic development, citizen mobilization implemented internally for Africa or externally for Africa.
Any work can be entered into relevant categories as long as it meets the criteria for the category.
Different organisations cannot enter the same work within the same category. If your work is a collaboration with others or there are duplicate entries by different entities, Brand Africa will only accept the entry that was paid first.
For the inaugural Brand Africa | Africa’s Best Brands, the work entered should not be older than 3 years from the final deadline of 30 April 2022. There will be no deadline extension beyond 30 April 2022 until 23:59 GMT + 2.
The finalists and grand prix awards will be published on Brand Africa and partner media channels across traditional and social media channels between 30 June and 31 August 2022.
|Registration||Any time before submission|
|Call for Entries||1 January – 30 January 2022|
|Submissions||30 Jan 2022 – 30 April 2022|
|Adjudication||15 May 2022 – 15 June 2022|
|Finalists||30 June 2022|
|Awards||1 September 2022|
There are no limits to entries as long as they qualify.
All submissions must be in original language/s in which the work was implemented, but must be supplemented with English translations and sub-titles.
No physical samples or submissions of the work are required. The work will have to be submitted online on the “Brand Africa | Africa’s Best Brands” portal that goes live 1 January 2022. However evidence of the implementation of the work must be provided. All finalists will be required to provide an undertaking that the work is original, not a concept and has been implemented. All finalists are required to provide specifications for the publication of the work.
Register your details here (available 2022) to set up an account with Brand Africa.
Submit your works here (available 2022).
Copyright and all other rights remain with the entity or individual who owns it and/or has legally acquired all rights. However, by submitting your entry into the awards, you are giving Brand Arica the rights to use your non-confidential information and images for marketing and promotional purposes through its own and partners channels.
The rankings for Africa’s Best Places are independently determined through a pan-African perception survey of the most admired African countries and cities for nation, city and destination brands among citizens, visitors and businesses.
The rankings will be released at the conclusion of the “Brand Africa | Africa’s Best Places” awards?
It is not possible to directly influence the rankings. The rankings are perception based and are independently determined by research. However, through their works over time, countries, cities and destination contribute to shaping awareness and perceptions of their places.
Brand Africa is a non-profit organisation and achieves its goals and work through the invaluable support, collaboration and generosity of partners. To keep its flagship rankings, “Africa’s Best Brands” and “Africa’s Best Places” survey and rankings objective and independent, Brand Africa does not get brands to pay for the rankings. Thus, the fees for the awards go towards funding the research to produce the rankings for “Africa’s Best Brands” and “Africa’s Best Places.” In the future, as the awards and funding grows, Brand Africa has a vision to sponsor Africa-focused brand leadership for the next generation of talent.
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