AI in Place Branding: Opportunities for Destination Marketing and Economic Development

The role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in transforming place branding cannot be overstated. From personalized marketing to insightful data analysis, AI is revolutionizing how destinations interact with potential visitors and investors.

In this post, we explore insights from industry experts – our panel – on how AI is being utilized in the field of place branding, identifying key applications that are setting the stage for innovative strategies in destination marketing and development.

1. AI’s Role in Personalization and Data Analysis

Personalized Experiences and Recommendations

Experts like Adam Mikołajczyk highlight the potential of AI in delivering personalized content and travel itineraries based on vast amounts of data on tourist preferences. This tailored approach not only enhances the visitor experience but also significantly strengthens a destination’s brand appeal.

There is no dearth for creative ideas in utilizing AI to drive visitation as “AI gives destinations the opportunity to join the dots and collaborate with other places – for example, in creating an itinerary that brings in complementary destinations or diversify their offering by suggesting under-visited areas”, Mary Harris remarks.

Natasha Grand Norman proposes innovative solutions beyond simply increasing visitation and addressing overtourism. She suggests a ‘Place Personality Match’ tool, which defines the unique characteristics of a place and matches them with the preferences of visitors or potential residents. She shares the example of Tasmania openly welcoming nature-loving introverts, while South Australia is good for team-players.

Deep Data Insights and Sentiment Analysis

The ability of AI to perform sentiment analysis and provide deep data insights is crucial for understanding public perception in real-time. This application, emphasized by respondents such as Mary Harris, enables destinations to adapt their marketing strategies effectively to improve brand image and attract tourists.

“AI gives places the tools to use big data meaningfully and take relevant actions quickly off the back of it.” – Mary Harris

2. Enhancing Communication and Experience Delivery

Automated Communication and Content Creation

According to Michael Persson Gripkow, AI enables place branders to automate communication tasks, allowing for more efficient content creation like texts and newsletters. This application reduces the need for traditional information distribution methods, such as tourism brochures, offering a more streamlined approach to engaging with tourists.

The efficacy and scalability of AI content creation tools like ChatGPT and, to name only two of many, are a boon to place marketers, Michael notes, because they enable them to create copy specific to their marketing needs with a quick turn around.

“Everybody can be a copywriter with AI for communication.” – Mike Persson Gripkow

Creating Engaging Promotional Materials

Gunter Soydanbay points out that AI’s capability to generate unique and engaging promotional materials tailored to individual preferences marks a significant advancement in how destinations can present themselves. This ability to match branding efforts with the preferences of various traveler groups is a game-changer in destination marketing.

“AI can generate unique and engaging promotional materials tailored to individual preferences.” – Gunter Soydanbay

3. Transforming Strategic Decision-Making in Economic Development

Identifying Capital Opportunities

Ed Burghard notes the significance of AI in helping economic development professionals identify capital opportunities that are an ideal match for their location’s assets. This targeted approach not only streamlines the process of attracting capital investment but also increases the probability of closing deals.

Also, AI will transform the role of economic development professionals, requiring them – and, likely, everyone else – to adapt their skills to an AI-driven environment.

“AI will help identify capital opportunities that are an ideal match to their location assets.” – Ed Burghard

Qualitative Feedback Analysis

Stu Speirs from Silver Lining Strategy highlights the importance of AI in making sense of qualitative feedback. By categorizing, sorting, and quantifying qualitative data, AI assists in measuring the social impact of place branding, providing invaluable insights for strategic decision-making.

“Qualitative, deep data is where the value of AI lies.” – Stu Speirs


The insights from these experts underscore the transformative potential of AI in place branding. By leveraging AI for personalized experiences, deep data analysis, enhanced communication, and strategic decision-making, destinations can navigate the complexities of modern tourism and economic development with unprecedented precision and effectiveness.

In our next article on AI and place branding we will look into the challenges or hurdles to keep in mind in terms of integrating AI into place branding strategies. Stay tuned!

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