Countries Regions and Cities Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Bloom Consulting Country Brand RankingTable of Contents Bloom Consulting A letter from our CEO Bloom Consulting's Branding Wheel The top 10 overview Global top 25 performers highlights Global top 25 performers rank The full ranking continent by continent Frequently Asked Questions Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Bloom ConsultingAbout the company Bloom Consulting is an 11 year-old Country Branding consultancy. Our Headquarters are located in Madrid with offices in Lisbon and São Paulo.
Bloom Consulting has been interviewed by The Economist, Forbes and CNN .
According to Country Branding Central, our CEO José Filipe Torres
is considered one of the top 3 international experts in the field of Country Branding, Region and City Branding,
providing advisory for the OECD.
In addition, Bloom Consulting publishes the Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking annually for both Trade and Tourism, to analyze the state of the art of the brand performance of 180 countries and territories worldwide. Bloom Consulting proudly collaborates with the to measure the Nation Brand appeal of every Country from a tourism perspective.
Here are some of the countries, regions and cities that Bloom Consulting has worked for: Countries
Austrian GovernmentAruban GovernmentBulgarian GovernmentCape Verdean GovernmentGerman GovernmentLatvian GovernmentMaltese GovernmentMacau Government Portuguese Government Polish Government Spanish Government Seychelles Government Swedish Government Regions and Cities
Helsinki, City GovernmentBrussels, City Government Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Private Regional investor Algarve, Portugal, Regional Government Southwest Portugal, Regional GovernmentSoutheast Portugal, Private Regional investorMadrid, Spain, Regional GovernmentCastilla y León, Spain, Regional GovernmentVictoria Gasteiz, Spain, City GovernmentMiami City, USA, Private Regional investorTete, Mozambique, Private Regional investorOporto and North, Portugal, Regional Government Riga, Latvia, City Government Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities A letter from our CEOWe did it! Madrid, December 2014 I proudly present you with the fourth edition of the Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking 2014 / 2015 Tourism Edition! It is my firm belief that this is our most thorough and comprehensive tourism ranking yet. After years of dedicated efforts, it is my professional opinion that our experts at Bloom Consulting have finally crafted the perfect algorithm and methodology to measure the effectiveness of a country's tourism brand worlwide.
Knowing that as a consulting firm specialized in nation branding and destination branding we must always be at the forefront of major changes in the industry, Bloom Consulting has been attuned to the increasing prominence of countries in the Digital World. As a result, we know that the success of a Country, Region or City Brand relies more than ever on its online presence; if a brand is unable to capture the interest of the digital demographic by targeting users of new online distribution channels and markets, its tourism industry is likely to falter. We at Bloom Consulting have invested a lot of research in this topic of the "Digital Country;" as a nation must have a full-bodied form of online representa-tion, or else risk lower global prominence. To put this in perspective, tourists made over 328.680.000 online searches related to touristic activities and attractions in 2013 alone, according to our proprietary tool called Digital Demand - D2 . Imagine the insight a country, region or city could gain from this data, both about the appeal of a specific destination and its positioning within a global benchmark. Taking the significance of this number into account, Bloom Consulting's Country Brand Ranking 2014 / 2015 Tourism Edition, now factors the results of our Digital Demand - D2 at a greater weight than ever. We originally developed the D2 tool as a means of analyzing the appeal of potential tourists (see page 7 for more details). Lately, the relevance of this variable has heightened immensely in relation to the cultivation of the "Digital Coun-try." To parallel this Digital Demand - D2 measurement, we have also placed more focus on a Country Brand's social media presence this year. Notably, in addition to Facebook and Twitter, we have included the evaluation of two new social media platforms, Instagram and Google Plus. I hope that Bloom Consulting's Country Brand Ranking 2014 / 2015 Tourism Edition provides you with valuable information; I encourage you to use it as evidence of the impact a strong Country Brand can have on the economic performance of a national tourism industry. I hope you appreciate the results as much as we did! While we would like to utilize our Country Brand ranking to elaborate on each individual country's performance, it is impossible to do so. However, if you'd would like to find out more about a specific Country Brand's performance within the ranking, please do not hesitate to contact us. José Filipe TorresCEO, Bloom Consulting PD - Dont miss Country Brand ranking trade edition midyear 2015!
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Bloom Consulting's Branding WheelOur model: a different approach panies Investors There are five objectives or dimensions for every Country, City and Region Each dimension has a distinct target audience Each target audience has a specific need A Country, Region, or City Brand is an asset that must be managed by a distinct and varied set of methodologies in order to achieve its desired objectives. Bloom Consulting defines five different Country, Region, and City (CRC) Branding objectives or dimensions as depicted above in Bloom Consulting's Branding Wheel.
Increase of Exports Attraction of Investment Attraction of Tourism Attraction of Talent Increase national Prominence Each of these five objectives and dimensions has a specific target audience with distinct needs. The target audience of tourism, for example, is tourists, who overwhelmingly seek an unparalleled vacation experience when visiting a branded country, region or city. Bloom Consulting's methodology therefore focuses on isolating each objective or dimension in order to to develop unique and tailored strategies for all five dimensions.
It is possible to have one umbrella strategy for all dimensions, which makes more sense in theory. However, when putting this strategy into practice, most of the time it faces serious challenges, since each targeted audience is different and each stakeholder managing the brand domestically has a different agenda. It is important to remember that the brand is not the logo; a Country, Region or City Brand can have the same logo for all five dimensions, or no logo at all.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Bloom Consulting's Branding WheelOur model: a different approach Current measurement systems These three objectives are transactional and can be measured more tangibly, using metrics such as D2 panies Investors and revenue as well as These two objectives are non- transactional and can only be measured intangibly, using metrics such as perceptions D2 and happiness.
Another key facet of Bloom Consulting's approach to Country, Region and City Branding is our trademarked performance measurement system. Bloom Consulting has developed a set of performance indicators that measure the impact of a branding strategy within each of the five objectives and dimensions. Branding methodolo-gies have traditionally relied on soft data such as public perception, surveys and interviews. Our technique, on the other hand, uses proprietary methods such as our Digital Demand - D2 tool, measuring the online demand for a specific country by target audience, as well as indicators of economic impact. For this report – the Country Brand ranking Tourism Edition – online demand for tourism in a specific destination, as well as tourism revenues, are measured. This data can both assess the current economic impact of tourism within a country, as well as predict its future success in the industry.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Our methodologyThe logic behind our Country Brand ranking Bloom Consulting derives its annual Country Brand ranking from our proprietary algorithm using only tourism-related variables. The final results of our ranking not only measure perceptions of a tourism specific Country Brand, but also classify its relative branding performance in a tangible and realistic manner.
Our algorithm, accordingly, comprises four key variables used to analyze the success of 180 unique Country Brands, as well as their relative performance as compared to one another. The algorithm accounts for both the economic prowess of a country's tourism sector and its online performance, thus considering hard and soft data in an accurate and objective Brand Ranking. This methodology is outlined in the figure below and detailed in the next pages.
Variable 1 - Economic performance Variable 2 - Digital Demand - D2 Variable 3 - CBS Rating Variable 4 - Online performance Variable 1 + Variable 2 + Variable 3 + Variable 4 = Country Brand ranking
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Our methodologyVariable 1 - Economic performance Tourism receipts Tourism receipts growth The tangible economic success of a country The economic performance of a country's tourism sector is a key variable in Bloom Consulting's Country Brand Ranking. Economic success, whether obtained intentionally by a tailored strategy or not, is the most important aspect in measuring an effective Country Brand; the brand of a country's tourism industry cannot be strong if the country does not achieve financial gain from international visitors. Tourists will travel to a country with a stronger appeal and greater attractiveness as a tourist destination, traits governed by the success of that country's brand.
This variable is based on the following data calculated from UNWTO international tourism statistics: Tourism receipts
Average of total annual tourism receipts of international tourists within a country, 2008-2012.
Given the fact that Country Brand strategies often do not have immediate economic returns, Bloom Consulting calculates this figure as an average of a country's total annual tourism receipts from international tourists over a five-year period (2008-2012). This adjustment also accounts for possible yearly variations in receipt total due to political instability or acute economic crises.
Tourism receipt growth rate
Average accumulated growth of total annual tourism receipts of international tourists within a country
from 2008-2012.
To account for a Country Brand's relative economic performance improvement in the tourism sector by year, Bloom Consulting computes the annual growth rate of tourism receipts from international tourists within each country as compiled through a five-year average. Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Our methodologyVariable 2 - Digital Demand - D2 The total online demand for a country According to the Google Traveler report, nearly 70% of leisure travelers utilized the Internet as a trusted source of information when choosing a destination for travel. The same study indicates that 64% of travelers use search engines specifically for this purpose. As a result, millions of travelers worldwide are so inspired by the results they see on search engines that they choose to travel to a destination based on its online image.
Rankings often measure the attractiveness of a Country Brand by market research, surveys and opinion studies. Bloom Consulting has a different measurement system as it uses a proprietary tool called Digital Demand - D2 . The D2 tool measures the total online search volume for tourism-related activities and attractions within each of the 180 countries included in the ranking, allowing us to assess the online behavior and decision-making processes of international tourists. The more online tourism-related searches a country has, the more appealing the brand is.
Given the undeniable importance of online presence in the success of a Country Brand, Bloom Consulting has analyzed online tourism-related search data across 40 brandtags, each comprising destination-specific keywords correlated to tourist activities and attractions. A total of 3.818.000 keywords were analyzed across nine languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese and Chinese.
NOTE: The detailed D2 information for every country is not presented in this document. If you are interested in a full D2 report for a specific country or group of countries (also available for regions or cities), please email us at [email protected] or call us directly at +34-913-080-286 (CET). Here is the list of topics covered by the Digital Demand - D2 Tool: 1. Historical Sites 26. Animal Watching 2. Local Gastronomy 10. Entertainment Parks 4. Local Traditions 29. Language Courses 12. Leisure Activities 30. Luxury Tourism 6. Performing Arts 31. Medical Tourism 32. Protected Areas 33. Religious Tourism 16. Special Events 34. Sustainable and 25. Winter Sports Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Our methodologyVariable 3 - Country Brand Strategy - CBS Rating The accuracy of a country's branding strategy for tourism The third variable of Bloom Consulting's Country Brand Ranking evaluates the accuracy of the strategy by each National Tourism Organization (NTO) for all 180 countries included in the ranking. We measure the NTO's branding accuracy by means of formulae that compare the most popular brandtags (as measured by our Digital Demand - D2 tool) for a specific country to the brandtags most heavily promoted by that country's NTO. A Country Brand receives a higher rating if that country's NTO focuses its strategic and promotional positioning on the tourism-related brandtags with the highest demand as measured by total online searches from international tourists. A poor rating can suggest either the inappropriate promotion of the least popular brandtags (as measured by online search volume) by an NTO or the lack of focus on the brandtags in highest demand. Exceptions may apply in the case of a country that has recently begun a new Country Brand Strategy for tourism to highlight lesser-known brandtags in the hopes of finding new markets. In this case, a lower rating simply implies that the result of this new strategic positioning has yet to make its impact. The final result of our analysis provides a snapshot of the demand for information about tourism in a specific country from an international market. We are further able to compare the Digital Demand - D2 results for a country by brandtag to the estimated economic value by brandtag through a cross regional analysis. Naturally, a higher accuracy is more favorable, so as to maximize the economic performance of a nation. Together, all of these components factor into the final CBS Rating.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Our methodologyVariable 4 - Online performance The total online presence of an NTO Given the importance of digital strategic positioning in the success of a Country Brand, the final variable for our Country Brand ranking takes advantage of web analytics and social media data to analyze and evaluate the total online presence of a Country Brand. Seeing as a country's NTO functions as the gateway to its Country Brand, its online diffusion, both through its official website and presence on additional online platforms, contributes greatly to the brand's overall success. In order to assess the performance of an NTO website, Bloom Consulting utilizes a website analytics tool to calculate the number of total visits to and average total time spent per visitor on the official webpage. Our algorithm rewards websites with a higher number of visitors and greater digital reach.
Our algorithm additionally accounts for the social media diffusion by evaluating its presence on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and Instagram. The more likes or followers that the official NTO account has on these platforms, the better its ranking will be. If an NTO is inactive or does not have an account, our algorithm penalizes its Country Brand ranking. While social media activity and general online presence are important variables, they are given the least weight in our algorithm. for now.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities World outlookFacts and figures from the world ranking Tourism receipts (Source UNWTO) Tourism growth (Source UNWTO) The 2008-2012 average places Europe as the continent with the largest revenue due to tourism. The continent with the highest growth rate is Asia.
Digital Demand - D2
Asia is the most searched continent by international tourists worldwide, followed by Europe and Americas. Asia has a staggering growth, a fact that demonstrates a future growth trend for the region in terms of tourism.
Very Strong AAA
Very Good BBB
Country Brand Strategy Rating
(CBS Rating)
The most common grade attributed to the promotional strategies implemented by the NTO's is a Facebook is the platform with most "BBB". Europe's NTO's win the top 3 users followed by Twitter and grades "AAA" "AA" and "A" and Instagram. Percentage wise it is interesting Africa has the majority of the lower to see the clear leadership of Oceania.
end of the scale grades.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities The top 10 overview1 American, 4 European, 4 Asian and 1 Oceanian Number 1 United States of America
For the fourth consecutive year, the United States of America tops Bloom Consulting's Country Brand Ranking 2014 / 2015 Tourism Edition. The country's dominance in total tourism receipts, along with the effectiveness of its NTO strategy (as measured by its very strong CBS Rating) and a high level of Digital Demand - D2 , have catapulted the United States of America to first place yet again. Biggest improvements
Asia is the star continent in this Country Brand ranking edition. Hong Kong, thanks to particularly high Digital Demand - D2 , tourism revenue and economic growth coming mainly from the Chinese Market (considered as international visitors), has performed better than ever, climbing nine positions in the global ranking. The same effect impacts Macao thanks to the increased Digital Demand - D2 from the Chinese market and impressive touristic growth. Australia gained one position only, but this is rather important since it is more difficult to gain a position within the global top 10.
Europe has the biggest drop with the UK having fallen out of the global top 10 ranking, in part due to the significant improvement in performance of its regional tourism competitors. Italy and France, two giant powerhouses are the big surprises in terms of ranking position losses.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Global top 25 performersHighlights This year's Country Brand ranking welcomes two new countries to the global top 25: South Africa, moving up four places from last year to rank 24th; and India, improving three positions to 23rd place. These newcomers have, inversely, knocked two formerly top-ranked countries from last year's Country Brand ranking out of the global top 25: Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.
Within the global top 25 there have been many changes from last year's ranking. Outside of the top 10 (detailed in the previous section of this ranking), the United Kingdom (UK) is the best-performing country, edging out Austria for the eleventh position. On the other hand, Japan experienced a significant positive change (a ten-position overall improvement) in its Country Brand strength this year, mainly due to strong tourism receipts and increased Digital Demand - D2 . This trend was not echoed in all Asian markets; while Singapore and India saw some improvement, Malaysia, a former top performer, lost ground, the direct consequence of an underwhelming tourism receipt growth. European countries fared well overall; outside of the top 10, the continent claims seven of the top 25 positions, often thanks to strong CBS Ratings . Nevertheless, only Portugal improved on its position from last year's ranking, while on the other end of the spectrum, Greece, in the throes of an economic crisis, plummeted nine positions. Surprisingly, despite its tenth rank in tourism receipts worldwide, Turkey fell out of its top 10 placement last year to just sixteenth overall, due to a compara- tively dismal online performance.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities The global top 25 performers rank United States of America Hong Kong SAR, China 15. -1 Switzerland Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities The full ranking Continent by continent Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities The AmericasUnited States, the undisputed leader Number 1 United States of America
The United States of America remains number one in both the region and the world, challenged distantly by its ever-growing neighbors, Canada and Mexico, ranking second and third respectively within the Americas. Its incredible economic performance in terms of tourism receipts, almost 10 times larger than its main competitor Canada, makes the USA the absolute leader in the region despite its poorer online performance, especially in social media.
Biggest improvements
Canada has managed to climb up to the 2nd position in the region overtaking Mexico thanks mainly to its high receipts and growth, as well as a better social media performance than its peers. Peru has improved its position in the ranking thanks to its economic growth and social media awareness. Finally, the Bahamas has experienced the highest improvement in the region jumping 4 positions, thanks to its great Digital Demand - D2 and CBS Rating performance.
D. Republic Uruguay
Despite a very good Digital Demand - D2 and social media performance in the ranking, Mexico has been relegated to the 3rd position in the Americas due to its drop in tourism receipts since 2008. The Dominican Republic shows the biggest drop due to a relative worse performance mainly in Digital Demand - D2 and tourism receipt growth. Uruguay, despite having experienced good economic touristic growth, shows a lower performance in Digital Demand - D2 compared to its main competitors due to the high reliance on its neighbor market, Argentina.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities The AmericasHighlights The United States of America remains number one in both the region and the world, challenged distantly by its ever-growing neighbors, Canada and Mexico, who both managed good CBS Ratings and online presence. Mexico, however, has lost its former second place regional position to Canada, a country that has just slightly outperformed the Latin American nation for the first time. Despite this slight decline for Mexico, the online presence of both countries is an undoubtedly helpful contribution to their performance. A more focused strategy could improve their future CBS Ratings and potentially allow them to outperform the United States in the long run.
Rounding out the regional top five are Argentina and Brazil, taking fourth and fifth place respectively. These South American giants have continually improved their tourism Country Brand performance, both noting higher than ever Digital Demand - D2 and economic impact from tourism. Nevertheless, they are still almost twenty positions away from Mexico in the global ranking, their closest regional competitor. Further cultivation of their online presence should result in even greater results in Outside of the top five, two of the most notable jumps in position were recorded by Chile and Peru. Chile has improved to sixth in the regional ranking, surpassing Puerto Rico, while Peru ranks ninth, edging out the Dominican Republic and Costa Rica, marking the first time that the South American nation has reached the regional top ten. Each country has climbed at least eight rankings globally since last year's edition. Chile and Peru's ever increasing popularity with tourists seeking adventure, resulting in relatively high tourism receipts, should catapult them even higher up the ranking in the near future. Given the all-around success of the top tourist destina- tions in the Americas, it is likely that even more countries will constitute the global top 50 in upcoming years. Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities The Americas Rank United States of America Dominican Republic Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities The Americas Rank Trinidad and Tobago United States Virgin Islands Antigua and Barbuda British Virgin Islands Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities EuropeSame same, but different Number 1 Spain
Once again, Spain takes the lead in the continent, excelling in Digital Demand - D2 , online performance and tourism receipts. Spain has managed to maintain its leadership position and cope with the general European drop in both arrivals and tourism receipts since the global crisis. Germany shortens the gap with Spain while France still needs to find a way to leverage its leadership in tourist arrivals.
Biggest improvements
Norway and Luxembourg improved 2 places each, the former due to an excellent CBS Rating and the latter due to an impressive online performance, ahead of some of Europe's top tourism destinations. Iceland registered the biggest improvement in this year's ranking due to two major areas: Digital Demand - D2 and online Performance, boosting the country up three places. Norway Luxembourg Iceland
A low volume of Digital Demand - D2 and a substantial decrease in tourism receipts dictated a three position drop by Greece, the most significant in the continent this year. Turkey lost two places due to its CBS Rating, social media and online Performance, while the United Kingdom went down one place due to the decrease of Digital Demand - D2 in this year's ranking.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Europe, the traditional stronghold of powerful Country Brands, seems to be feeling the effects of new tourism powerhouses in the global arena. While four of the five top regional countries also help comprise the global top ten, and three – Spain, Germany and France respectively – maintain the overall ranks of second, third, and fifth worldwide, the continent as a whole seems to be suffering from a combination of economic crises and the rise of stronger competitors outside the region. Nine of the regional top ten countries saw no movement or a decrease on their regional 2013 ranking, and the only two to improve – Italy, edging out the United Kingdom to take the fourth position in Europe, and Portugal, making the regional top ten for the first time – did so only marginally. Some traditional tourism powerhouses, such as the United Kingdom, Turkey and Greece, dropped multiple places in both the regional and global rankings. This is in part due to lower Digital Demand - D2 and a lack of overall growth in tourism receipts; while the economic impact of tourism in the region is still high, the major setbacks caused by recent crises have failed to elevate revenue beyond the levels of faster-growing competitors. Outside of these top performers, however, it must be noted that some drops in rank are cause by the simple addition of Turkey and Cyprus to the European region; in last year's ranking, they were considered as part of Asia. Very few countries outside of the regional top ten seem to be showing promising signs for the future of their respective Country Brands, as a result of the same stagnancy afflicting countries like Greece and Turkey. Only six European countries had a higher global ranking than in 2013: Portugal, Belgium, Ireland, Norway, Luxembourg and Iceland; along with these nations, only Italy and Malta showed regional improvement. Among this group of better-performing countries in terms of Country Brand growth, only Portugal has accessed the regional top ten, while the others have achieved marginal improvements compared to their European competitors. The most impressive regional jump was recorded by Iceland, moving up three positions but remaining in the lowest performing group of the continent. Nevertheless, with improved online branding strategies, including greater presence on social media and a stronger CBS Rating, the few bright spots on the European continent could eventually penetrate both the regional top ten and the global top 25. Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Russian Federation Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Bosnia and Herzegovina Moldova, Rep.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities AfricaSouth Africa leaves Egypt behind Number 1 South Africa
For the first time ever, South Africa tops the list in the African continent of Bloom Consulting's Country Brand Ranking 2014 / 2015 Tourism Edition. Taking advantage of a debilitated Egypt, South Africa has steadily risen to the top slot in the region, recording a strong CBS Rating and Digital Demand - D2 , breaking into the global top 25. Morocco maintains its 3rd place position in Africa.
Biggest improvements
South Africa taking the leadership in the region is the most impressive change of this year's Country Brand ranking Tourism Edition in Africa. Zimbabwe and Sudan have experienced an extraordinary improvement in the ranking mainly due to their recent amazing growth rate in tourism receipts.
S. Africa Zimbabwe
Egypt, due to its continuous political instability since 2011, has finally felt the effects of a lack of security on its tourism industry. The drop in tourism receipts, a relatively weak CBS Rating and an unfavorable online presence have contributed to Egypt's position as the second strongest tourism-related Country Brand in Africa. The lack of growth in tourism receipts over the past years is the main reason to explain the losses for Mauritius (-1) and Botswana (-4) along with a better relative performance from their main competitors. Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities South Africa has overthrown the previously undefeated Egyptian tourism Country Brand. Egypt, due to it's political instability, decrease in tourism receipts, relatively weak CBS Rating and unfavorable online presence, has fallen from it's regional throne, dropping to only the second strongest tourism-related Country Brand in Africa. South Africa, taking advantage of a debilitated Egypt, has steadily risen to the top slot in the region, recording a strong CBS Rating and Digital Demand - D2 , breaking into the global top 25 for the first time.
With the exception of Egypt the top 3 countries have improved on their 2013 positions. Kenya and Tanzania tend to rely on fewer but wealthier tourists coming for safaris and other nature-centric excursions. Their strong CBS Ratings , tourism receipts and ever-increasing popularity help the two nations to continually improve their positions in our ranking; Tanzania, for example, has accessed the regional top five for the first time, defeating the tropical tourism paradise of Mauritius. Outside of the regional top five, the majority of African nations – with the notable exceptions of trendy new tourist destinations like Ethiopia, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Seychelles, all of which climbed significantly in the regional ranking (Zimbabwe, for example, went up five positions, surpassing nations like Nigeria, Madagascar, and Botswana) – have lower global positions than those they held in 2013. This is mostly due to an improved focus on tourism and tourism infrastructure in other regions of the world, as well as the weaker tourism brand strategies of the many African countries with poor CBS Ratings . Subsequently, these nations with underdeveloped tourism industries have low Digital Demand - D2 results and little revenue from tourism receipts.
Bloom Consulting forecasts that a stagnancy and a reduction in positions for the rest of the African Nations will occour in the next edition of the Country Brand ranking as lower numbers of Europeans will travel due to economic limitations, security issues and the Ebola crisis.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Tanzania, United Rep.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities AsiaHong Kong, small but big 3ª Macao SAR, China Number 1 Hong Kong, SAR, China
Hong Kong jumps into first place of the Asian Ranking this year, passing the powerful brands of Thailand, China and Macao for the first time. The impeccable online and social media performances were one of the main boosts to this new position in the Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking Tourism Edition 2014 / 2015. Thailand and Macao complete the top leadership positions, both having registered excellent results in tourism receipts, while China is confined to the 4th position.
Biggest improvements
Hong Kong, the leader of Asian country brands, was also the one that registered the biggest improvement with a 4 place boost compared to last year's ranking. Japan improved its position by 3 places, thus reaffirming its indisputable brand strength with the best rating in the continent. Singapore reached the Top 5 for the first time with a two place improvement thanks to its Digital Demand - D2 .
Hong Kong Singapore
Due to its poor CBS Rating and lower Digital Demand - D2 , Malaysia registered one of the biggest drops in Asia this year. However, the Malaysian brand still managed to get into the regional Top 10. China and Thailand both dropped down one position to make way for Hong Kong's ascendence in this year's ranking, Thailand due to its CBS Rating and China due to its social media performance. Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Asia has become an increasingly prominent tourist destination, and in Bloom Consulting's Country Brand Ranking 2014 / 2015 Tourism Edition, the continent claims a third of the spots in the global top 30.
Like the Americas, the continent has seen the majority of countries improve on their global rankings from last year. These stellar results are in part due to the ever-growing Digital Demand - D2 for the region, often resulting from the touristic interests of the Chinese markets. Four of the top five countries for global Digital Demand - D2 results are Asian nations, led by Japan, Singapore, and Hong Kong. All three of these countries display impressive results in the global Country Brand ranking, each recording significant improvement on their rankings from last year. Due to its impressive four-position jump past countries like Thailand and China, Hong Kong also comes first overall for the region, a placement affected by this high Digital Demand - D2 score. Thailand, on the other hand, has seen no movement, but has been able to maintain its large volume of tourists and tourist receipts to stay at the second position in Asia. Outside of the regional top five, however, there are a couple of notable decreases in ranking. Malaysia has fallen to eighth place regionally, defeated by Singapore, Japan, and South Korea, while the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has followed suit, plummet- ing multiple spots and falling out of both the global top 25 and the regional top ten. The UAE's new and underdeveloped online presence, as well as low Digital Demand - D2 for the overall Country Brand (that is, not for its famous components of Dubai and Abu Dhabi), has not been cultivated sufficiently to economically benefit Despite the failure of some Country Brands, many Asian countries recorded improvement in this year's Country Brand ranking. Subsequently, future editions may see the even greater dominance of Asian tourism markets in the global top 25.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Hong Kong SAR, China United Arab Emirates Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Syrian Arab Republic Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities OceaniaThings will never change Number 1 Australia
Australia is the ultimate destination in Oceania and one of the most desired brands worldwide. It has no comparable competitor in Oceania not only due to the develop- ment of its tourism industry but also to the appeal it generates among tourists internationally. In fact, it´s the number 1 destination in the world in terms of social media presence and also has a high Digital Demand - D2 performance too.
Number 2 New Zealand
New Zealand shows an overall improvement globally, making it into the Top 35. This is a remarkable position as it confirms its strong positive trend as a tourism destination. New Zealand's touristic growth it is not yet reflecting its upcoming appeal that we observe in social networks and online performance. Biggest improvements and drops
Overall in Oceania, there are no relevant improvements as all the countries remain stable. However, from a global perspective, we are able to observe that Australia and New Zealand managed to climb positions globally whereas French Polynesia shows a notable decrease (-10). Completing the top country brands we find Fiji and Vanuatu, both managing to maintain the same positions as last year.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Oceania Highlights The regional ranking for Oceania continues to be dominated by Australia, a country whose brand successfully manages a strong online presence and an attractiveness that draws huge levels of tourism receipts. These factors combine to place the nation as the fifth most powerful Country Brand worldwide. The country even ranks as the top performer in the world in terms of social media and online presence. Australia is only missing an improved CBS Rating to achieve the perfect Country The regional top five is completed by New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, and French Polynesia. New Zealand is the only close regional competitor to Australia, ranking 28 places below the regional giant in the global ranking, but still improving to 35th overall from its 2013 placement. New Zealand is known for its incredibly successful Country Brand marketing, with a strong online presence in both social media and on its NTO homepage. The country even boasts a stronger CBS Rating than Australia.
Fiji, which ranks third regionally, is still far behind Australia and New Zealand on a global scale, ranking only 104th in our worldwide ranking. Vanuatu and French Polynesia lag even farther behind, and like Fiji have little chance of taking over Australia and New Zealand's dominance in the regional top five. Not many countries in Oceania have a positive Country Brand outlook, besides Australia and New Zealand, and the only nations to show any global or regional improvement from 2013 are Palau and the Solomon Islands. Unsurprisingly, with the exception of a switch in position between the Cook Islands and Palau, there were no changes of order in the regional ranking.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking Frequently Asked Questions Why did Bloom Consulting develop its Country Brand ranking?
Bloom Consulting created its Country Brand ranking as a means of evaluating the impact of Country Brand
strategies in primarily economic terms. Our ranking is effective in analyzing the appeal of a Country Brand, and is
therefore useful as a tool for increasing a Country Brand's success.
How does Bloom Consulting's Country Brand Ranking differ from other similar rankings?
While other Country Brand rankings tend to focus on soft data, such as surveys and expert opinions, Bloom
Consulting's Country Brand Ranking focuses on tangible data, analyzed with its Digital Demand - D2 tool and
relevant, proprietary statistical models. Furthermore, Bloom Consulting splits its Country Brand analysis in sepa-
rated dimensions from it's Brand Wheel , instead of a creating a combination of factors thus providing a more
detailed and thorough analysis in each specific dimension; while this report deals solely with Tourism, we also
publish a Country Brand ranking for Trade (Investment).
Who benefits from the information in Bloom Consulting's Country Brand Ranking ?
Our Country Brand Ranking is valuable for anyone who needs to measure their Country Branding performance
in the area of Tourism. Therefore Ministries of Economy and National Tourism Organisations can take valuable
information for their short to medium term strategies and goals.
What is new in the 2014 / 2015 edition of Bloom Consulting's Country Brand ranking?
The 2014 / 2015 edition of our Country Brand ranking places more focus than ever before on the importance of
online appeal to the success of a Country Brand. For this reason, both the Digital Demand - D2 variable and the
online presence variable hold a more significant weight in a country's final ranking.
What is Digital Demand - D2 ?
Bloom Consulting's Digital Demand - D2 is a proprietary tool developed for the sake of quantifying and
measuring the total global search volume for country-specific, tourism-related keywords across nine languages.
How is it possible for a Country Brand to have both a poor CBS Rating and a high overall position in the
Country Brand ranking?
A country's CBS Rating only evaluates the accuracy of its Country Brand strategy, as derived from a comparison
between the strategic positioning of its NTO and the actual demand from tourists discerned by our Digital Demand
- D2 tool. Subsequently, although a country's total tourism receipts may be incredibly high, its tourism strategy
may not be maximizing the Country Brand's full potential.
Why are some countries not featured in Bloom Consulting's Country Brand Ranking ?
In order to appear in the ranking a country needs to have data in all 4 variables. If a country does not provide
official data to UNWTO or does not have a functional official NTO website working, it is not included in Bloom
Consulting's Country Brand Ranking . Nevertheless, if a country does not maintain official pages on social media
platforms, it is still included in the ranking, but receives a lower score for the fourth variable.
What other services does Bloom Consulting provide?
Apart from our Country Brand ranking, Bloom Consulting develops integrated Country, Region and City Brand
strategies, as well as revolutionary Digital Demand - D2 reports tailored to any destination in the world.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Bloom Consulting Country Brand Ranking Glossary Digital Demand - D2
Bloom Consulting's proprietary tool for measuring the total "search volume" from the most important search
engine across nine different languages.
Country Brand Strategy Rating (CBS Rating)
Bloom Consulting's rating technique evaluating the accuracy of NTO strategic positioning.
A series of 40 distinct categories comprised of keywords used in online searches, each encompassing a different
tourism-related activity or attraction.
Bloom Algorithm
Our proprietary equation that calculates a Country Brand's ranking by assessing four key variables.
National Tourism Organization (NTO)
The official national agency responsible for the touristic promotion of its respective Country Brand.
Web Analytics
An online tool that analyzes the performance of an NTO website through variables such as number of visits and
amount of time spent on its webpage.
Bloom Consulting Since 2003 [email protected] / +34 91 308 0286 (CET) Countries Regions and Cities Bloom ConsultingContact For ranking related queries:
Gonzalo Vilar
Partner and Global Strategy Director
[email protected]
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