Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 1°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Suffolk: Curious coincidence in tourism slogans

06:00 19 December 2012

Suffolk hotelier Robert Gough

Suffolk hotelier Robert Gough

Archant

THE controversy around the “curious county” tourism campaign aimed at attracting new visitors to Suffolk hasn’t stopped a hotel boss from adopting a similar slogan for his own promotional drive.

shares

Visit Suffolk’s “curious county” social media advertising campaign, which is due to be launched in February, caused a stir after it was previewed at a Visit East Anglia tourism conference this year, with critics panning the concept.

By coincidence, Robert Gough, who owns the Angel Hotel in Bury St Edmunds and the Salthouse Harbour Hotel in Ipswich, has been running a campaign using the “curious” slogan to promote one of his own businesses and says he is “very pleased” with it.

Mr Gough sits on the Visit East Anglia board but says his own promotion was devised independently and was one of several campaigns aimed at setting his hotels apart from “bog-standard” establishments and making them stand out from the crowd.

Mr Gough wasn’t at the board meeting which unanimously agreed the “curious county” campaign but he says he supports it.

His own slogan, about the Angel Hotel, advertises it as “a curious new place to meet”, and came from a different PR firm to the one used in the Visit Suffolk campaign.

“It’s coincidence,” he said. “I use an entirely different marketing company in Hertfordshire and I think the two campaigns happened to come up at the same time.

“I understand ‘curious county’ is going very well and it’s extremely well supported,” he added. “This is not a new way of viewing Suffolk and that’s where there has been some misunderstanding.”

As far as his own “curious” campaign goes, Mr Gough said it was “too early” to gauge the effects, but feedback had been positive.

Visit East Anglia chief executive Keith Brown said the “curious county” campaign was well supported by tourism businesses and remained on schedule for launch in February.

“The unanimous decision was made by Suffolk board members as, out of the three agencies who presented, Condiment were by far the strongest,” he said. “Robert has competing hoteliers on our board and they would certainly not have approved a concept that favoured the competition.

“The word itself of course is not unique and is used widely by other tourism businesses including the Natural History Museum amongst others,” he said.

“The design and the coupling of it with the word ‘county’ is unique and I don’t believe there is any problem with an individual businesses using the word at all.

“Indeed we would encourage as many businesses as possible to use the theme nearer to the launch,” added Mr Brown.

Among the organisations to have signed up to the “curious county” campaign so far are Adnams, Africa Alive, Aldeburgh Music, Go Ape, Living Architecture, Kesgrave Hall, the Ickworth Hotel, Suffolk Coastal, White Lion Hotel, The Swan at Lavenham, Snape Maltings, Suffolk Secrets, Latitude, The Crown at Woodbridge, Bruisyard Hall, the RSPB and Dance East.

shares

0 comments

Tom Boother is running from Land's End to John O'Groats in aid of EACH and Great Ormond Street. Marquis Suffolk is lending Tom a motorhome for him to sleep in during the challenge.

Tom’s charity challenge - running 816 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats

Mark Thomas, MD of Coderus

Innovative Google I/O Extended 2016 event to be held at Adastral Park

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a sharp increase in first quarter losses.

Royal Bank of Scotland has reported a first-quarter pre-tax loss of £968million, more than double last year’s figure of £446m.

Luke Myers who became Greene King's 1,000th apprentice of 2015.

Pubs and brewing group Greene King has formed a partnership with the Prince’s Trust to help unemployed young people find work.

Nicola Corbett of EDF Energy.

Budding entrepreneurs from Woodbridge School have been crowned as winners in the 2016 Suffolk Young Enterprise contest.

Most read

Great Days Out

cover

Click here to view
the Great Days Out
supplement

View

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24