Re-branding of Rocco Forte Hotels

I must confess that I don’t quite follow why companies re-brand themselves sometimes;  Rocco Forte Hotels has decided to re-brand itself as The Rocco Forte Collection.  Apparently…

The aim of the rebrand is to reflect how far the company has come in ten years and that all nine properties are individual in character and style but are linked by the company’s brand values of elegant design and attentive personalised service.

Call me cynical but that just sounds like corporate  blurb to me. Dropping the word ‘hotels’ from their brand name makes me wonder if they have plans to expand into other areas outside of that sector. Anyway, as part of the re-branding, The Rocco Forte Collection has also launched a new website dedicated to the trade. rfctraveltrade.com aims to be a one-stop shop for travel agents wanting to make reservations at any of the Rocco Forte properties.

Comments (5)

Trackback URL | Comments RSS Feed

  1. HW says:

    I think one of the primary reasons companies Re-Brand is because they are finding that their current Brand is getting tired. Its an attempt to breath new life into an old horse. That’s one of the problem with this industry. The product (properties) gets old. It’s difficult and expensive to significantly update the properties. Sure, you can change the linens and maybe the colour scheme but… the building and its infrustructure remain old. I guess Re-Branding allows them to call their product by different terms.

    HW

  2. Paul Johnson says:

    Hi HW, and thanks for dropping by with your comments.

    I realise that’s the reasoning often given… I suppose I just question whether there’s merit to that reasoning. I mean… changing the name from ‘Rocco Forte Hotels’ to ‘The Rocco Forte Collection’… it doesn’t – to me, at least – suddenly make me think that it’s not a modern, vibrant brand. I had no problems with the image they already portrayed, and I don’t notice a huge deal of difference between the new image and name, and the old one.

    Paul

  3. Hi HW

    I love old buildings…..:-)

  4. HW says:

    Happy Hotelier,

    I could not agree with you more. Old buildings are fantastic, and we see so few of them here in Canada. I shouldn’t have used the term ‘old’. It should have read ‘worn down and tired’. There is a big difference between ‘Old’ and ‘Tired’.

    HW

  5. irene says:

    rebranding invariably costs – so i hope it is going to be worth it for them

Leave a Reply



Your actual name, not your online persona, website name, company name or keywords, otherwise your comment won't be published





Please do not advertise and make sure your comment adds value, otherwise we regret that it won't be published. Links are not allowed here - if you would like to advertise, please contact us for details.

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a Gravatar.

Our readers also enjoyed these posts…