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Branding and Marketing Assessment for St. Helena

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Summary

In preparation for the opening of the first airport in St Helena and the expected change this would bring to the tourism sector, St Helena Tourism required a review of their branding and marketing strategy to ensure the destination was ready to adapt to a new age of visitor arrivals.

St. Helena’s new airport was constructed to open up the island to a wider range of visitors than it was previously possible to attract via the five-day journey by ship from Cape Town.  In order to provide a significant boost to the Island’s economy, a step change in tourism visitor expenditure was expected following the opening of the airport.  Consequently, appropriate branding and marketing was required to achieve this.

Our Approach

There was limited understanding about branding and marketing on St. Helena, and with its emergence as a more significant player in the global tourism sector, greater appreciation of its importance was required.

Therefore the study delivered workshops with stakeholder groups to explain the branding process, and where St. Helena Tourism was positioned in terms of branding the Island and its international marketing.  Workshops covering the basic principles of marketing to help businesses more effectively connect with consumers were also conducted.

In addition, a comprehensive review of the marketing strategy was undertaken to determine its relevance for the markets it was aimed at.  This was followed by a branding study and development of a branding pyramid to build up the brand logically from an assessment of the destination’s main strengths to a distillation of its essence.

Outcome

Since the opening of the airport, St Helena has engaged with the global tourism markets with fresh branding and marketing campaigns in both digital and printed media, which has made it an internationally recognised brand.  Visitor numbers are growing, and investment is increasing, with additional bed spaces and tourist operators on the Island.

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Branding and Marketing Assessment for St. Helena

Client:

St. Helena Tourism, DFID,

Location:

St. Helena
St. Helena Tourism, DFID

This project contributes to the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:

  • Acorn AwardsSDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and work SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and work 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries SDG10 - Reduce inequality within and among countries 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, marine resources for sustainable development SDG14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, marine resources for sustainable development 2020
  • Acorn AwardsSDG15 - Protect, restore, promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, halt biodiversity loss SDG15 - Protect, restore, promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, halt biodiversity loss 2020

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contact@acorntourism.co.uk