Vancouver Island Airport recognized as one of the world's top brands

VANCOUVER, March 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The Comox Valley Airport has been named one of the world's most effective rebrands in the eighth annual REBRAND 100® Global Awards. This award is the highest recognition for excellence in brand repositioning, and is the first and most-respected global program of its kind.

"Many projects had big ideas expressed elegantly through all methods of engagement—language, visuals, sound, etc." said Shashi Caan, Founding Principal, The Collective US and UK and 2012 juror.

Each year, an international and multidisciplinary mix of industry experts convenes to jury this annual competition. They consider "before" and "after" representations of brand transformations with written summaries and supporting elements that showcase integration of social media and mobile engagement.

The Comox Valley Airport's corporate rebrand was launched in July 2011 and embodies its world-class service and local charm, bringing to life the unique stories of travelers to the area.  The brand which has received Merit level recognition as one of the top 100 global rebrands, now serves as a platform for all marketing and communications activities for the airport.

"A strong and well defined brand supports our new vision of developing and expanding our scheduled air services network and we are delighted that our model has been recognized internationally," said CEO Shirley de Silva.  "YQQ's brand provides us with the powerful platform we need to effectively grow our business and this award represents our relentless pursuit to provide the highest level of service in all that we do.  We are so proud that our efforts have resulted in a brand that is globally competitive."

A small consulting firm or brand had as much opportunity to be selected as did global organizations with exponentially greater budgets since the name and size of the brand strategists are hidden from jurors during their review process. Emphasis was on executed strategy that made an emotional connection and met the stated objectives and needs of the identified target audience and prospects.

"More than 60 participants were consulted as part of YQQ's brand development process through in-depth interviews, focus groups and facilitated sessions," explained Christianne Wile, Manager of Marketing and Public Communications. "We know there is a lot of pride and ownership felt for YQQ among the community and we felt it was important to reflect the key attributes that distinguish and link our airport to the Comox Valley."

Wile says YQQ has now successfully incorporated its brand into all aspects of its operations from its strategic marketing campaign, signage, staff and volunteer uniforms, to the overall look and feel of the terminal building and the corporate materials used to conduct its business.

The 2012 REBRAND winners represented over 28 countries and 34 industries. They ranged from Dubai Airports, One Foundation from Global Ethics Ltd, Pfizer, National Music Centre of Canada, Merck Millipore, and Cisco. In addition to in-house teams, small agencies, and representatives of multinational corporations and non-profits, competing firms included Interbrand, SNK, Lippincott, Siegel+Gale, and Brandient.

About the Comox Valley Airport
The Comox Valley Airport is centrally located on the central east coast of Vancouver Island and serves a population base of nearly 320,000 residents. It is the second largest airport on Vancouver Island and processed 308,937 passengers in 2011. Offering friendly, personalized service and year-round direct flights to Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, YQQ also provides seasonal chartered flights for Vancouver Island residents direct from Comox to Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. With the ability to access numerous domestic and international destinations through our airlines and their partners, YQQ is the best and most convenient entry point into central Vancouver Island.

About REBRAND™ and the REBRAND 100® Global Awards:
REBRAND™ is the world's leading resource for effective brand transformations. The REBRAND 100 Global Awards is the first and most respected recognition for repositioned brands. Featured in such media as The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, various magazines and books, the annual competition has entry deadlines in late September. The full 2012 winners showcase is at www.rebrand.com.

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Media Contacts:

Shirley de Silva, Christianne Wile
Comox Valley Airport
250-890-0829 ext. 224
sdesilva@comoxairport.com
cwile@comoxairport.com

Andrea Walker
REBRAND™
401.277.4877
media@rebrand.com