Destination Positioning Slogans - Analysis of Themes used by New Zealand Regional Tourism Organisations

Pike, Steven (2004) Destination Positioning Slogans - Analysis of Themes used by New Zealand Regional Tourism Organisations. In Wiley, Jim (Ed.) Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference, 29 November - 1 December 2004, Victoria University, New Zealand.


A significant gap in the tourism and travel literature exists in the area of tourism destination branding. Although brands have been used as sources of differentiation in consumer goods markets for over a century, academic research attention towards destination branding has only been reported since the late 1990s. Three important components of the brand construct are brand identity, brand position and brand image. While interest in applications of brand theory to practise in tourism is increasing, there is a paucity of published research in the literature to guide destination marketing organisations (DMOs). In particular there have been few reported analyses of destination brand positioning slogans. The focus of this paper is on destination brand position slogans, which represent the interface between brand identity and brand image. Part of a wider investigation of DMO slogans worldwide, and in keeping with the conference location, the paper focuses on analysis of slogans used by New Zealand RTOs. The slogans are examined in terms of the extent to which they have been limited to ephemeral indifference. In other words, have they stood the test of time and do they effectively differentiate through a meaningful proposition? Analysis of the slogans indicates very few could be characterised as memorably distinctive. This reflects the complexity involved in capturing the essence of a multi-attributed destination in a succinct and focused positioning slogan, in a way that is both meaningful to the target audience and effectively differentiates the destination from competitors offering the same benefits.

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ID Code: 24143
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600) > Tourism Marketing (150604)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2009 14:23
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2012 15:30

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