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Successful Recovery in European City Tourism in 2017: +7.7%

March 9, 2018

Successful Recovery in European City Tourism in 2017: +7.7%

European Cities Marketing (ECM) announced a 7.7% growth in city tourism in 2017, with the domestic market increasing by 5.2% and the international market by 9.2%, respectively. The top 10 cities in terms of bednights stayed the same as the previous year, with London, Paris, and Berlin at the top of the list.
As for source markets Russia showed a tremendous increase of 27.3%, followed by China (17.3%) and USA (15.5%), while Italy (-3.4%) continued to decrease. Tourism development 2017 was driven by a positive economic development in overseas markets, the volatility in international airline connectivity (airberlin, NIKI, Monarch, Alitalia), and travelers getting used to the increasing threat of terrorism around the world leading to a strong recovery and decreasing sensitivity.

European Cities Marketing reported the preliminary results from the forthcoming European Cities Benchmarking Report with the findings that European cities continued their growth with a 7.7% increase in 2017 in total bednights compared to 2016. International bednights growth (9.2%) surpassed domestic bednights growth (5.2%) in 2017. The preliminary data feature results from 65 out of 121 cities, representing a total of 456.9 million bednights.

The top performing cities in terms of total number of bednights stayed equal compared to last year. Madrid took over Barcelona (which was heavily affected by the Catalan referendum) as the 5th city in the ranking, while the other cities remained in the same ranking positions as last year. London had the highest number of bednights in 2017 with a 7.6% increase, followed by Paris (+7.5%), Berlin (+0.3%), and Rome (+2.4%). Prague (+7.5%), Amsterdam (+11.2%), and Munich (+11.7%) had the highest growth rate among the top 10 cities. Besides Barcelona which was heavily affected by the Catalan referendum, Berlin’s impressive growth seen in previous years suddenly stopped, mainly driven by airberlin which filed for bankruptcy in 2017.

For international bednights, the list of the cities is the same as last year as well. In the rankings, Prague took over Barcelona in the 4th place. London (+7.9%) and Paris (+11.1%) are the top two cities with the highest number of international bednights. On average top 10 cities increased 6.0% in international bednights in 2017. Amsterdam (+11.6%), Madrid (+11.4%), and Paris (+11.1%) had the highest growth in the top 10 list.

Successful recovery in European city tourism in 2017
“2017 was again an exceptional year for city tourism in Europe” confirms Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, ECM President. “After a rather difficult year 2016 marked by terrorist attacks and fears for further assaults in European cities, we are pleased to see the quick recovery when it comes to travelling to urban destinations in Europe. The strong positive development in bednights of crisis-shaken cities like Paris or London particularly confirm this hypothesis. This development shows the importance of travelling to cities which is not anymore only an option but rather a must in the yearly travel planning process for many tourists worldwide. In fact, when analyzing the travel behavior of the nine considered source markets, (except for Italy and Spain with a slight decrease) all other markets – especially the overseas markets – led to positive results in bednights and were driving growth. With Japan and Russia being strongly back on track, city tourism continues to prosper.”

Main Source Market Developments
Main source markets USA (12%), Germany (8%), and UK (7%) make up approximately 30% of the international source markets for European cities. Italy, Russia, and Japan as source markets were decreasing in terms of bednights since 2015. However, the Russian market recovered from last year’s decrease of 12.4% and had the highest increase with a growth rate of 27.3%. Italy continued its decrease by -3.4 %, however Japan turned around the decreasing streak into an increase of 6.2% in 2017. Besides Italy, the only other source market that showed a decrease was Spain (-0.4%).

ECM President, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr continues “We can see that European city tourism is still growing at an even faster pace than the years before. This development is particularly driven by positive economic developments in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China) markets showing high percentage increases, as well as a strong recovery of tourism demand in cities affected by terrorism in 2016. Even though European cities have also struggled of crises in 2017, it seems that travelers are getting used to the increasing threat of terrorism around the world leading to a strong recovery and decreasing sensitivity. Since the demand in 2016 shifted from capitals and premiere league cities towards smaller cities and developing cities, city tourism in Europe could showcase its diversity which resulted in ongoing growth for the hidden gems in 2017.”

Charts and further data are available for free at http://www.europeancitiesmarketing.com. The 14th edition of the European Cities Marketing Benchmarking Report will be available as of July 2018, representing the leading source of European city tourism statistics in the world. The professional package of the report can be pre-ordered at a discount rate of -20% until the end of April.
The report is free for members of European Cities Marketing and can be ordered from:
http://www.europeancitiesmarketing.com/ecm-benchmarking-report


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European Cities Marketing announced new President

June 8, 2017
European Cities Marketing announced new President, Executive Committee and Board Members reflecting on strategic focus on City Marketing
ECM General Assembly last week saw the implementation of ECM Strategy 2017-2020 first steps, with the creation of an additional Vice-President position dedicated to City Marketing.
 
During ECM International Conference in Dubrovnik gathering 200 persons last week, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr (Graz, Austria) was elected the Association’s President for a duration of 2 years. The General Assembly also appointed Petra Stusek (Ljubljana, Slovenia) as Vice-President dedicated to Leisure & Tourism and Eduard Pieter Oud (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) as Vice-President dedicated to City Marketing.
 
The newly elected board members are as follows: Ignasi de Delàs (Barcelona, Spain), Bettina Reventlow-Mourier (Copenhagen, Denmark), Barbara Jamison (London, United Kingdom), Nicolas Lefebvre (Paris, France) and Marta Stawińska (Poznań, Poland).
Bettina Bunge (Dresden, Germany) pursues her role as Vice-President dedicated to the Meetings Industry and Philippe Vignon (Geneva, Switzerland) carries on with his role as Treasurer. Pier Paolo Mariotti (Bolzano, Italy), Erwin Van de Wiele (Ghent, Belgium) and Goran Pavlović (Opatija, Croatia) continue their mandates as ECM Board Members.
It’s a real honour for me to have been elected ECM President once again. It really shows the trust that ECM members have in me. But this responsibility is also a challenge considering the difficult times and the transformations that DMOs are facing. But I am convinced that our strategic approach focusing on city marketing and the balance between residents, business travellers and visitors will help our destinations in their holistic position to stand still. I am really thrilled to take part in this adventure.” said freshly elected ECM President, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr.
Current ECM Executive Committee:
Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, President (Managing Director, Graz Tourist Office)
Petra Stusek, Vice-President Leisure & Tourism (CEO, Ljubljana Tourism)
Bettina Bunge, Vice-President Meetings Industry (Managing Director, Dresden Marketing)
Eduard Pieter Oud, Vice-President City Marketing (COO, Amsterdam Marketing)
Philippe Vignon, Treasurer (General Manager, Genève Tourisme & Congrès)
Board Members:
Ignasi de Delàs, (Deputy General Manager, Turisme de Barcelona)
Pier Paolo Mariotti (Meeting Manager, EURAC Convention Centre Bolzano)
Bettina Reventlow-Mourier (Deputy Convention Director, Wonderful Copenhagen)
Erwin Van de Wiele (CEO, Ghent Tourist Office)
Barbara Jamison (Head of Business Development – Europe, London & Partners)
Goran Pavlović (Head, Opatija Convention and Incentive Bureau)
Nicolas Lefebvre (CEO, Office du Tourisme et des Congrès de Paris)
Marta Stawińska (Senior Project Manager – Tourism Development, Poznań Tourism Organisation)
 
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ECM announces a stronger partnership with IMEX

December 23, 2013

ECM announces a stronger partnership with IMEX and hands over 20 Declarations of Support to the Meetings Industry

IMEX and ECM sealed their close cooperation with the signature of a new partnership agreement last month. ECM also reaffirms its whole support to the sector, handing over 20 declarations signed by Politicians backing up the Meetings Industry during ECM CEO Meeting of Capital and major cities in Amsterdam on December 8-9.

A strong agreement focusing on trends, education, connection with key players and Politicians
Under the deal, both organizations will focus on trends and inspirations that are crucial in this ever changing industry ; each year IMEX comes up with new innovations and business opportunities and benefit in return from ECM knowledge on latest trends.
“ECM also advocates the value of the Meetings Industry and gives once again full support to the IMEX Politicians Forum via an active participation in shaping up the programme”, explains Heike Mahmoud, Vice-President for the Meetings Industry. The next edition will take place on May 20, 2014 in conjunction with the IMEX trade exhibition in Frankfurt.
Regarding educational opportunities, the IMEX Group is part of the selected ECM Summer School Faculty, bringing intelligence regarding how to maximize CVB’s presence at a trade shows and social media trends. The ECM Summer School is the only opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills required for a successful career in conference, meeting and event management. It sets the background and context to this most lucrative sector of tourism, illustrating its subject with up-to-date and cutting edge examples of European best practice. Course content is both relevant and practical, and at the same time is incisive and cutting edge.
“The ECM meeting of Chief Executives of Capital and major cities held in December each year also enables a continuous contact between IMEX and the key players in the main European cities. We are keen on sharing key messages and developments in the Meetings Industry.” adds Tom Hulton, director of International relations, IMEX Group.

The last CEO meeting of capital and major cities in Amsterdam, last December 8-9 was the appropriate time chosen by ECM to hand over 20 declarations of Support of the Meetings Industry to Tom Hulton, Director of International Relations, invited there as a special guest. In front of 21 leading European Cities, Tom Hulton demonstrated the economic impact of the Meetings Industry through concrete examples of congresses and through specific studies.
In response, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr handed over the declarations of Support signed by Politicians of 20 European cities. The declaration is intended to act as a public roll-call of politicians who understand the full economic impact of the meetings and events industry on their communities. It also highlights the industry’s role in building and sustaining local knowledge economies, creating employment, encouraging regeneration and stimulating infrastructure investment.

“Getting in total more than 100 declarations of support shows the importance of ongoing political advocacy in our industry and reminds us of the full economic power of meetings and events, and their role in building knowledge economies.” declares Ray Bloom, Chairman, IMEX Group.
“Our relation with IMEX has always been one of great professionalism. We are very proud of this new milestone and want to congratulate IMEX on their achievements and their valuable contribution to the international Meetings Industry as a whole” comments Ignasi de Delàs, ECM President.

Airy Garrigosa Recipient of 2012 JMIC Unity Award

June 1, 2012

Airy Garrigosa Recipient of 2012 JMIC Unity Award
Airy Garrigosa, until very recently Director of the Barcelona Convention Bureau and serving as ECM Board member received the best recognition in the Meetings Industry.
Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) President Philippe Fournier has announced the winner of the 2012 JMIC Unity Award as Airy Garrigosa who formally received the award at the IMEX Awards Banquet in Frankfurt, Germany on May 23.

In making the Award, Fournier said “JMIC as an organization is devoted to creating stronger relationships within our industry and promoting greater awareness of the values we represent. Airy is an individual that has for many years represented the kinds of qualities and activities that support industry growth and professionalism, and it therefore gives me great pleasure to be making this highly respected award to her in recognition of her accomplishments”.

Airy Garrigosa also had a leading role within European Cities Marketing, being an active ECM member since 2007 and the creation of ECM through the merger of the former European Federation of Conference Towns (EFCT) and European Cities (ECT) organisations. Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, ECM President, said: “Airy’s involvement in the Board since 2007 has always been very valuable and her contribution to the association is second to none through the setting up of a variety of convention events and workshops, such as Mercado or Meet Europe. Airy was truly the initiator of expanding ECM activities outside Europe and to the USA as a first start.”

Airy spent the first twelve years of her career in the hotel industry and moved into the meetings sector with an appointment to start up what was at the time the first convention bureau in Spain. She subsequently developed her knowledge of the conference business to the extent that she became a leading authority on this subject and was able to share this through lectures around the world. In the course of this activity she also helped to establish numerous other convention bureaus both in Spain and other countries as well. At the same time, she also served in many different Industry Associations, including ICCA, ECM, MPI and SITE where she made an ongoing contribution to industry development.

The Unity Award is made annually to an individual who represents the best qualities of Meetings Industry Leadership and who has devoted major efforts to creating stronger relationships and a greater cohesion for the industry. Award criteria evaluate industry leadership and initiative both in a candidate’s own professional conduct and the efforts they put into industry-building through association, education and professional development activities.


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