“Destinate” is a new word, recently added to dictionaries which, when used as a verb, means “to destine, design, or choose”. As a company, our vision and passion is helping organisations and businesses to choose their own destinies – destinies they desire.
Destinate is an international specialised destination and tourism marketing agency. We partner with tourism organisations, destinations and private-sector brands to navigate the complex and competitive world of destination marketing and management.
Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold established Destinate after a tenure of almost 10 years as the award-winning CEO of Cape Town Tourism.
Annareth Bolton was the CEO of Stellenbosch Wine Routes for nine years, with fast experience in wine tourism and events.
The Destinate team is a collective of passionate, specialised individuals with combined experience across social media, blogging, events management, photography, video, journalism, web development, public relations, design and reputation management. Our team of #Destineers lives and breathes travel and storytelling.
Our global network of bloggers and influencers, DMO’s, tourism professionals and specialists is a powerful tool for any destination or brand trying to tell their unique story. Our success across campaigns like #Stellenblog, #72hoursSoweto and #gotoReunion is a testament to the effectiveness of the Destinate team.
We work on a choose-your-own-plan model. Clients can opt for a comprehensive, tailor-made package with dedicated support across strategic and content roles, or hand-select a variety of neat plug-ins as required.
We design solutions and cost structures around the unique needs and environments of our clients; from website development and design, to brand strategy, content development, visual design and more.
Solutions range from monthly retainers and set project fees to risk-sharing models. Our team make both large and small campaigns impactful and measurable, so that clients always have a tangible ROI.
Destinate is known for thought leadership. Chief Destineer Mariëtte du Toit-Helmbold is constantly in demand internationally as a speaker on tourism, trends in marketing and the role of digital and social media in destination and tourism marketing. Recent speaking roles include WTM Africa April 2016 - Destination Marketing in a Digital Age; Nordic Bloggers Experience, Finland, January 2016 - The persuasion power of the digital influencer; Tomorrow’s Hotel Conference, Mauritius Edition, August 2015 - Innovation and Marketing, Social Travel Summit, Hamburg, April 2015 - Working with bloggers.
An effective PR & Communications strategy consists of a lot more than press releases. We help our clients identify traditional and digital PR opportunities, and to pro-actively and reactively market their destination or offering in effective, meaningful and memorable ways.
Our PR & Communications services include tailored press releases, interesting and effective newsletters, digital campaigns supported by traditional PR, media hostings, exciting and unique digital and offline activations and more.
Social media can be an effective tool to market and sell your destination or brand, provided you use each platform effectively. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, blogs - each has its own audience, language, algorithm and influencers.
We are experts at creating shareable content, guiding conversations, growing communities, unpacking in-depth reporting and building relationships with the influencers who can take your message to millions of engaged followers and fans.
It’s not enough to envision your future as an organisation or have a strategy - you need accurate roadmaps to get there. You also need the right vehicles and the right drivers. Destinate can assist with these aspects of organisational design and change management.
We offer tailor-made strategic development, to help you reach your goals and measure your success. Once a strategy has been developed and key measurement indexes have been identified, we assist you with the implementation and delivery. Along the way, we report on highlights and trend changes and identify opportunities to adapt or amplify elements of your strategy.
What are the key USP’s that differentiate your destination or brand from the rest? Which platforms are you going to tell your story on? How are you going to tell that story?
We are here to help you identify your unique brand identity and to help tell your story through shareable and meaningful content, campaigns, video, imagery and an effective trade strategy.
Before founding Destinate, Mariëtte was CEO of Cape Town Tourism for close to 10 years, and has more than eighteen years' practical tourism and marketing experience. Under her leadership, Cape Town Tourism won critical acclaim as a Destination Marketing Organisation (DMO), trail-blazing at the helm of one of the world’s fastest-growing industries.
Under her guidance, Cape Town Tourism was recognised formally by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) for its “world best-practice tourism organisational model and innovative initiatives in destination marketing".
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Annareth joined the Destinate team in December 2015. As former CEO of Stellenbosch Wine Routes, Annareth brought international recognition and accolades to the Stellenbosch region and routes throughout her nine-year tenure.
Annareth was pivotal in the creation and development of key wine tourism events, including eight Stellenbosch Wine Festivals, Taste the Helderberg, the Stellenbosch Street Soirees, Grape Day Out and the Stellenbosch at Summer Place events in Johannesburg.
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Trudy joined the Destinate team in 2016. She is a creative and passionate individual, in love with the abundance of life. An avid social media marketing enthusiast she worked for Phillip Morris International as a Trendspotter and Instant Grass Cape Town as Grass ambassador, sharing market insights, producing content and creating campaigns.
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Thabo Malo is based in Johannesburg and works with Destinate on media programmes and packaging bespoke tourism experiences for travellers. He is well connected in government and the private sector and has worked for Cape Town Tourism, Tourvest, Kuoni Private Safaris and And Beyond. Most recently, he completed a six-year term at South African Tourism where he was responsible for the media-hosting programme, liaising with South African Tourism’s international offices.