THE company behind Visit Suffolk’s proposed new “Curious County” tourism campaign has defended the slogan.

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The campaign, devised by Ipswich-based agency Condiment, was unveiled by Visit Suffolk brand manager Amanda Bond during a conference for tourist industry professionals at the end of last month.

It is due to be the centrepiece of a campaign in 2013 - but it has already been criticised by four of the county’s MPs.

Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley branded it as “idiotic and meaningless”, adding: “There is great tourism potential in Suffolk. There is nothing curious about what we have to offer.”

However, Chris Waters, one of two partners heading up Condiment, said the campaign was aimed at showing there was more to the county than its traditional attractions.

He said: “There is still the fish and chips at Aldeburgh, the wonderful setting of Southwold and all the superb countryside.

“But we wanted to show there is much more to Suffolk – like the arts and cultural festivals that are growing and becoming more important every year.

“We’ve got the Spill festival coming to Ipswich – it’s the first time that has been out of London.”

Mr Waters said the curious county slogan also referred to Suffolk’s position at the forefront of industry and technology.

“When you look at places like Felixstowe and Adastral Park the technology is well to the fore – it’s the curiosity of people at Adastral which means it has more patents per square metre than anywhere else.”

Mr Waters said only part of the campaign was revealed at last month’s Visit Suffolk conference at the Ipswich Waterfront.

It has also emerged that some of the county’s best-known hotels and tourist attractions were represented on the committee that picked the campaign.

Mr Waters said there was a stir when the slogan and logo was unveiled: “But people there understood what we are trying to do, and we are still working on the full campaign.”

Users of Twitter launched a campaign over the weekend using the hashtag #proudtobecurious to show their support for the campaign.

Although one tourist boss said the campaign went down “like a lead balloon” when it was unveiled at the conference.

5 comments

  • What a daft idea, hey how about "Suffolk-the daft County" or "-the weird County" I really don't like it at all and fail to see how that in anyway will help to promote Suffolk to anyone... BBC have picked up on it now, so watch out, is Suffolk about to become the laughing stock, or worse,once again ? http:www.bbc.co.uknewsmagazine-19959510

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    mmm

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

  • A meaningless slogan put together buy a clueless Agency. Utter nonsense!

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    David White

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • There's no doubt that branding Suffolk as curious is risky. But equally, there's no point doing something safe that isn't distinctive and memorable. If this is just a slogan - which I very much doubt - then it will be a disaster. But if it's delivered cleverly and in context - which I believe it will be - then it will stick in peoples minds, make them either pick up the brochure or click on the image to find out more. Good luck with it!

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    Erm, Why?

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • The really curious aspect of The Waterfront is that Ipswich chose to demolish so many buildings that had fallen into disuse after two centuries of wealth-creating use, only to replace them with brand-new buildings that have been in wealth-sapping disuse from the outset.

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    Roy Everett

    Monday, October 15, 2012

  • How about "Suffolk packs a punch"?

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    Claire Jordan

    Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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