“As we head towards the final countdown for IMEX in Frankfurt, there’s a quietly confident attitude radiating throughout the meetings and events sector. Although the first quarter of this year has been marked by some extraordinary and unsettling events around the globe, IMEX 2017 will be a reflection of an international market that’s extremely resilient, […]
Tag: City Destination
New research* from ABTA reveals that city breaks have increased their lead over beach holidays as the most popular type of holiday taken by consumers in the last year. Over half (54%) of the population said they took a city break in the 12 months to August 2015, either in the UK or overseas. The […]
In a year where destinations from Barcelona and Venice to Pattaya and Easter Island have struggled with the impacts of growing numbers of tourists in their destinations, a considerable focus of this year’s WTM Responsible Tourism Programme looks at how the industry might best address these issues.
The ongoing urban and travel revolutions create a unique opportunity to make of city tourism a strong driver of smarter, more sustainable and inclusive cities.
Geneva, the cosmopolitan and fascinating city of Switzerland, has been named “Europe’s Leading City Break Destination 2014” at the World Travel Awards (WTA).
Youth tourism generated over 182 billion dollars in tourism receipts in 2013, representing 200 million international trips a year
European Cities Marketing (ECM), the network of leading Tourist Offices and Conventions Bureaux in Europe added youth travel into their strategy during their annual conference on June 4-7 in host city Dresden, considering the opportunity they present for the leisure and meetings industry. The conference, held at the International Congress Centre Dresden and moderated by […]
London is the best rated major destination in Europe for shopping and nightlife, the results of the second annual Cities Survey by TripAdvisor have revealed. However, London fared less well when assessed on the helpfulness of its locals – ranking a lowly 32 out of the 37 tourist destinations featured.
An influential international study has named London as the world’s leading centre for business, finance and culture. The Cities of Opportunity index, compiled by professional services firm PwC, lists London as the world leader in terms of economic influence, technology access, reputation as an urban gateway, and its development and design capabilities. London claimed the […]
Top European Cities exchange know-how to improve City Cards and go towards a common city cards brand
Over thirty five product managers i.e. 60% of the experts from the 42 leading European Cities recently met in Berlin to exchange knowledge and best practice in one of the most significant growth areas in city marketing – city cards. The City Cards expert meeting is an initiative of European Cities Marketing, an association that […]
ECM Benchmarking report 2013-14 : Russia, China continue to show explosive growth as source markets for European cities
Preliminary figures indicate that while USA, UK, and Germany maintain their positions as the leading bednight source markets for European cities, Russia and China exhibit the highest growth rates among the leading source markets in 2013.
Searching for the perfect winter escape? Literally steps from the best shopping districts, Christmas markets and community celebrations, Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest is the ideal destination for a winter vacation filled with holiday cheer.
Paris welcomes 29 million visitors each year. The fashion and shopping capital, Paris has 61,232 shops – including 8,500 devoted to clothing and accessories.
Istanbul, the City that bridges East and West has always thrived on ideas and new knowledge to host the 27th edition of ECM Summer School on August 24-28, 2013.
With Summertime drawing to an end and Summer holidays not in the pipeline for another eight months it’s time to focus on city breaks, they are perfect for short getaways at anytime of the year. SportsDirect.com take a look at the hottest places to go in 2013/2014.
If you think that ‘Standard’ and ‘Dorms Only’ are the most common words associated with contemporary Hostels, you may want to think again!
From this week tourists can find the brand new guide ‘This is Brussels’ at the VISITBRUSSELS information offices. With this new guide, the tourist information service will almost literally take visitors by the hand in their discovery of Brussels.
The international “Green Key” eco-label, which distinguishes tourist establishments for their environmental performance, has just been awarded to 6 new candidates in Brussels, bringing to 28 the number of facilities in the Brussels-Capital Region with the label.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced that together with its owner and developer partners, it has invested more than $400 million to revitalize its New York City portfolio of hotels.
Melbourne has received a glowing report card from executives representing international conferences following the BestCities Client Workshop 2013, held from 9 – 12 April, hosted by the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB).
Vancouver was well represented in BestCities’ Brand Health Monitor for 2012, an annual survey that polls international clients about their experiences with the alliance.
In the past the tourism infrastructure of the Russian capital, Moscow, did not have a reputation for being particularly efficient or good value. Now this is all changing. The signs indicating the main sights and traffic routes are now in two languages, it was pointed out by Sergei Schpilko, Director of the Moscow City Committee […]
For those who enjoy historical cities romantically draped in snow,Four Seasons Hotel Prague has created a Stay Longer package offering a third night free. The complimentary night applies when staying in a Renaissance Room for two consecutive nights. Rates start at EUR 450.00 per night, not including the complimentary third night. Petr Zezula, chef concierge at Four Seasons Hotel Prague, […]
Slower growth in 2013, with no cities expected to report double digit growth Paris tops the rankings for fullest, most expensive and highest RevPAR in 2013 London will see negative growth but will still enjoy high absolute trading and profitability levels
London is the best place in the world to do business according to companies with a presence in the city. Thanks to London’s access to global markets, an unrivaled talent pool and proximity to clients, nine in ten London businesses rate the city as a great place to do business compared to other global cities.
New York City Ranks Top for Shopping, but Receives Low Marks for Cleanliness and Value TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site, today announced the results of its Cities Survey, a look into how travelers and locals view 40 key tourist cities around the world. The results were compiled based on more than 75,000 responses to […]
The capital and leading cities of Europe were invited by European Cities Marketing (ECM) and VisitOslo to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony
City’s Convention Bureau smashes £120 million target four months early. Glasgow City Marketing Bureau (GCMB) has smashed the £120 million of conference sales it achieved last year. Within the first eight months of the current financial year, the city’s official destination marketing organisation has surpassed its total sales for 2011/12 and is on track for […]
ECM is gearing its suite of conferences in 2013 to tackle some of the big competitive issues facing its 110 city members. Starting in Nice, on Feb 20, 2013, the association will open a new forum on “Cities as cruise destinations” and the main conference theme will be “how tourism shapes tomorrows cities” with European […]
Jokkmokk Municipality Announces Plan to Provide Free Help for People who Want to Move to Swedish Lapland
Jokkmokk Municipality is to begin a 2 year project to encourage people looking for a lifestyle change to move to Jokkmokk and live in northern Sweden. The project will involve many different governmental departments and agencies together with private businesses and individuals in the region. Included in the project will be recruitment agencies, job centres […]
The Vienna card is the best city card according to a comparison of 16 city cards available in 14 major European cities that was conducted by ADAC and its 17 European partners! The Vienna card offers you not only 72 hours’ free unlimited use of the underground, trams and busses, but also 210 deals on […]
A New Year to remember is just a cheap flight away: five cities in Europe to see in 2013 in style and on a budget
1. London New Year flights to London from £73 (from Edinburgh 30 Dec – 2 Jan) In recent years London has become one of the world’s most popular cities for seeing in the New Year thanks to the midnight firework display at the iconic London Eye (free), which can be viewed from across the city. If you haven’t […]
A report just issued by MKG hospitality for ECM members has revealed a some-what mixed performance for European hotels in the first half of the year to July but a strong result for certain cities in August with an average 5.7% growth in revenue per available room (RevPAR). Vanguélis Panayotis, Director of Development MKG Group […]
London, New York and Tokyo take top three spots London and New York taxis named best in the Hotels.com 2012 Taxi Survey London reigns as the best city to hail a taxi, according to the annual global taxi survey compiled by Hotels.com®, the leading provider of lodging worldwide. Survey participants from 29 countries critiqued taxis […]
Istanbul, Prague and Madrid top the list of best -value European City Breaks this Autumn according to research conducted by leading travel search site Skyscanner. London ranks just behind Rome in the list of most expensive cities for sightseers leaving wallets £413 lighter beforeflights– a massive £256 more than Istanbul. The price of a ticket for the famous red bus city […]
Canada sweeps ‘most reputable city and country’ in RepTrak™ studies highlighting the value of destination reputation management LONDON, ENGLAND September, 2012 – Vancouver has been named the city with the world’s best reputation. The result is from Reputation Institute’s 2012 City RepTrak™. The yearly study ranks the world’s 100 most reputable cities by polling more […]
Copenhagen is renowned as one of the most environmentally friendly capital cities in the world but a new survey now shows that Copenhagen is also a world leader in terms of its green economy. The 2012 Global Green Economy Index (GGEI), which measures green city reputations, ranks Copenhagen as the world’s leading green city. The […]
They may not be on everyone’s bucket list, but these seven superb cities are perfect for someone’s short break this autumn – and all with return flights under £40! 1. Katowice, Poland from £23 Leave Krakow to the stags and check out cool Katowice, one of Poland’s less-visited cities. You could easily spend your time eating […]
Summer’s gone but that means it’s the ideal time to take a European break. With music, art, design and food festivals, and even some cheeky low-season sun, there’s plenty to look forward to in the coming months. Rachel Powers presents seven of the coolest places to visit this autumn. 1. Finland As if the Northern Lights […]
Discriminatory travel taxes and fees enacted on travel-related services impose an average increased cost on visitors of 57% over general sales tax, according to new research released by the GBTA Foundation, the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA). Findings from the 2012 annual study of car rental, hotel and meal […]
Six big-hitting bargains to Berlin, Barcelona and four more of the most popular places for a city-slicking short break – all with rock-bottom flights under £60. For lovers: Paris from £36 This autumn, whisk away your beau (or your belle) to the city of love for a romantic break. Stroll the streets of St. Germain, mooch […]