European City Tourism Monitor Report: The Sun will Shine this Summer

According to the results of the 10th European City Tourism Monitor, by the European City Marketing (ECM), city tourism professionals participating in the survey expect bednights in the 3rd quarter of 2011 to grow, compared to the same period in 2010.

‘Positive expectations’ outnumber ‘negative expectations’ by 77 percentage points (71 in the last survey). International markets clearly seem to be more promising than domestic markets. The leisure segment seems to account for much of this optimism, but confidence in the business segments is also expressed.

In terms of international source markets, experts continue to be most confident about growth in the German market, and the prospects for the French market have risen substantially.

Every region in Europe is confident of having a good summer, and no one is expecting a decrease in bednights. The expectations for changes in hotel rates vary between growth and maintenance, depending on the region of Europe.

The confidence that total bednights will grow in 2011 has risen substantially in this survey, especially when considering confidence that growth rates will be above 5%.

Considering total bednights for the whole of 2011, growth of between 1 and 5% is by far what is most expected. Nevertheless, it is visible that the extremely positive expectations are becoming more widely held with each monitor. Relative to the last two surveys, expectations of stagnancy have decreased. Perhaps one of the most remarkable results in this latest survey is that not a single respondent is expecting a decrease in bednights for the whole of 2011.

The European City Tourism Monitor is a project of ECM’s Research and Statistics Working Group. Every quarter, a report is produced on the expectations of surveyed ECM members about tourism performance in their respective cities for the following three months. The next edition – Monitor XI – will take place at the beginning of October 2011.

For further details on this report, or the project, please contact:

Olivier Ponti
Chairman of ECM Research and Statistics Working Group
Amsterdam Toerisme & Congres Bureau

André Moura
(Author of this report)
Turismo de Lisboa – Visitors and Convention Bureau


Market Snaphot: London Tops the List of European Destinations, Gulf travellers lead global recovery and Credibility becomes a Key Marketing Factor for US Travelers

  • European Cities Marketing Benchmarking Report 2010: Figures from 101 European Cities.

European Cities Marketing (ECM), the leading network of city tourism organisations in Europe, launched the sixth edition of the European Cities Marketing Benchmarking Report on Friday 11th June, during its Annual Conference in Las Palmas.

The report includes the latest figures about the performance of European Cities in 2009 and illustrates the main trends in city tourism between 2004 and 2009 from 101 European cities. In addition, the Report includes an estimation of prospects for 2010 based on an expert pool of 89 managers of ECM-member cities.

The European Cities Marketing Benchmarking Report focuses on the strategic and competitive position of European city destinations and provides insights into long-term trends as well as recent developments in the European city tourism industry. The report converts statistical data compiled from ECM member cities into comprehensive managerial information and makes it easily accessible, mainly by the graphical representation of charts. ‘It is an indispensable resource for every city tourism manager. We are very pleased that this year’s report has benchmarked a record number of cities,’ said Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, President of ECM, during the ECM Annual Conference in Las Palmas. He also added that the data had never before been available so early in the year.

Top 10 City Tourism Destinations in Europe

Total bednights 2009 in mn.

1. London, 45.0%

2. Paris 33.9%

3. Berlin 18.9

4. Rome 18.6

5. Madrid 13.7

6. Barcelona 12.8

7. Prague 11.2

8. Vienna 10.5

9. Munich 9.9

10. Amsterdam 8.6

Source: ECM calculations


  • Gulf travellers lead global recovery

The recovery in global travel has taken off faster than expected, led by traffic through the Gulf’s big airports. International tourism arrivals in the Middle East climbed 33 per cent in the first four months of the year compared with the same period of 2009, the highest of any region, according to the World Tourism Organisation. This compares to 7 per cent growth for the global travel industry, even after the disruption caused by a volcanic eruption in Iceland. Tourism and air travel in the region are outperforming Europe, Africa, North America and Asia Pacific, fuelling optimism about a recovery in the regional economy. Tourism accounts for almost a fifth of Dubai’s economy.  Read the full article at:

  • Credibility: A Key Marketing Factor for US Travelers

One of the most vexing challenges for the marketers of travel services is that of addressing a fundamental dilemma in contemporary marketing practice: it has become more difficult to influence prospective customers as it has become easier to reach them, says Peter Yesawich, head of the Ypartnership. Personal recommendations have the most credibility while social media have the least, a new analysis reports.

“The question of source credibility is therefore one of great interest to marketers of travel services, particularly as it relates to the degree of influence consumers ascribe to the kaleidoscope of information now available on destinations and/or specific travel service suppliers,” Yesawich says. “And given the explosive growth in the number of sources from which consumers can now sample commentary, it’s important to understand they ascribe far greater confidence to the information they receive from some sources than others.”

This “Credibility Continuum,” as measured in the new Ypartnership/Harrison Group 2010 Portrait Of American Travelers, stretches from the personal testimonials of friends and family members (the most credible) to the content found on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube (the least credible).

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  • Airlines to sell the majority of tickets direct to passengers by 2013: Survey

A survey has indicated that airlines are investing in IT to provide richer functionality to their online customers and creating additional channels to market in order to increase the level of direct sales now that online distribution is almost universal.

According to the 12th annual SITA/Airline Business IT Trends Survey, the airlines which carry the bulk of the world’s air traffic, are on course to sell the majority of airline tickets direct to passengers by 2013. The record 129 airlines who responded to this year’s survey carry over one billion passengers and are currently selling 40.8 percent of tickets directly to the public which breaks down as: over the Internet, 25.8 percent; through call centres, 10.7 percent; and interlining, 4.3 percent. These 129 airlines intend to bring their level of direct sales up to 55.1 percent by 2013. While sales through airline call centres and interlining will remain largely static, direct channel sales through websites are expected to jump to 37.9 percent.

In order to increase online sales, airlines are prioritising the implementation of new functionality on their web sites in the following ways: online shopping tools (61 percent have already implemented this); change/cancel/rebook (52 percent); and frequent flyer redemption functionality (51 percent).

In all, 129 airlines responded to this year’s survey, including 14 percent classified as low cost carriers; 81 percent full service carriers; 5 percent charter carriers.

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  • Beyond Airport Security

Business travelers respond to recent terrorist activity with perspective that focuses on fundamental intelligence weakness, not lapses at the airport.

Airlines have proven a target for terrorists, but are they an easy target? The consensus, after a Nigerian passenger attempted on December 25 to mix and detonate explosives on a Northwest Airlines flight en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, is quite possibly yes. There is controversy, however, about what aspects of international airport security need to be addressed and how best to do it.

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