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January 11, 2021

ETC Monitoring sentiment for domestic and intra-European travel Wave 3

The third of six planned waves of online research looking at the extent to which Europeans are planning travel, their concerns and what factors are likely to influence behaviour. With fieldwork during October and early November the study found sentiment to be deteriorating on the back of rising infection levels and the reintroduction of lockdowns. Little change was found in what is worrying consumers (air travel, quarantine, getting sick while away) or those factors likely to encourage them to book travel (flexible cancellation policies, removal of travel restrictions and vaccine deployment).
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January 11, 2021

ECM Benchmarking Report 16th Edition

The freely available Executive Summary provides a glimpse into the much more detailed analysis available from the full purchasable report. While only scratching the surface of the data and analysis available within the full report the Executive Summary highlights that 2019 was a year of growth for European city destinations, that this growth outstripped regional performance and that all major source markets generated increased levels of visitation than in 2018.
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January 11, 2021

ETC European Tourism Trends and Prospects Q3 2020

A regular report produced by European Travel Commission that is packed with commentary, tables and charts looking at the performance of Europe during the third quarter of 2020. The analysis features projections for potential recovery paths, the performance of the aviation and accommodation sectors and a look at wider economic issues.
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November 11, 2020

ETC Monitoring sentiment for domestic and intra-European travel Wave 1

The first of six planned waves of online research looking at the extent to which Europeans are planning travel, their concerns and what factors are likely to influence behaviour. On a positive note the research finds that most remain enthusiastic about travel, and more than half intended to travel within the next six months (the fieldwork was undertaken in August 2020). On the downside this perhaps reinforces the trend for periods of optimism regarding a travel bounce-back to be dashed by events.
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October 12, 2020

ETC Handbook on COVID-19 Recovery for NTOs

A hefty tome that looks at what European NTOs have been doing in the sort-term to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic, but takes a long hard look at the future, seeing the current crisis as an opportunity for NTOs to pivot towards a more sustainability-focussed view of how tourism can develop, thereby benefitting not just visitors but local communities, economies and the environment.
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September 10, 2020

UNWTO Recommendations on Urban Tourism

A short 10-page report that builds on a series of Urban Tourism Summits held in recent years as well as research conducted by UNWTO itself in order to make a series of recommendations on how destinations can develop urban tourism in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner.
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July 2, 2020

Tim Fairhurst on tax and tourism: A destination management problem?

Tim Fairhurst, ETOA’s Director of Policy, gives his opinion on city taxes and calls for transparency and reciprocity in their allocation.
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June 19, 2020

Tom Jenkins International Mountain Tourism Day 2020

ETOA's Tom Jenkins explores the value of the mountain tourism industry; its role in Europe-China tourism development and its role in recovery post-coronavirus.
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June 19, 2020

Tom Jenkins BBC Radio on “Covid corridors”

ETOA CEO Tom Jenkins on BBC Radio with Jose Ramon Bauza, MEP talks about the revival of Europe as a destination and calls for a common approach to opening up, avoiding "Covid corridors".
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June 19, 2020

Skift on the pivot to domestic travel

A short article from Skift, looking at which countries might gain and which lose if all international travel demand shifts to domestic.
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June 19, 2020

PhocusWire on tours and activities recovery products

An interesting article from PhocusWire about what entrepreneurial businesses in the tours and activities sector are doing to adapt their product to at-home experiences and crowd-beating apps.
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June 18, 2020

Doug Lansky on the new normal of tourism

An interesting video from Doug Lansky with input from tourism officials in Bhutan and Amsterdam on how destinations could re-invent themselves and re-think their strategies in a post-coronavirus environment.
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June 18, 2020

Doug Lansky on how coronavirus may help destinations address capacity management

A thought-provoking take from Doug Lansky on the opportunities coronavirus could present for destinations to address overtourism and capacity management.
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June 18, 2020

ETOA Shorts – Working with visitor attractions

Jorge Traver, ETOAs Country Representative for Spain, summarises how we work with visitor attractions.
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June 18, 2020

ETOA Shorts – Operational challenges

Sofie Jensen, ETOA's Head of Operations and Destination Engagement summarises the operational challenges faced by our members.
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June 18, 2020

ETOA Shorts – City taxes

Simon Smith from the ETOA policy team gives a summary of our work in city taxes.
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June 18, 2020

ETOA Shorts – ETOA’s dialogue with destinations

Tim Fairhurst, ETOA's Director of Policy, explains how we engage with destinations across Europe
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June 17, 2020

ETOA Webinar polling results

At an early stage ETOA recognised the need to interact with its members to help share knowledge and insights relating to the coronavirus pandemic. One mechanism through which this was done has been a series of webinars, and these provide an ideal opportunity to harvest sentiment and insights from those taking part, with ETOA then able to share the learnings from this polling data.
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June 17, 2020

ECM Checklist for sustainable recovery

A mix of discussion regarding how the pandemic will change destinations, examples of how European cities are already taking a series of measures to alleviate impact and prepare for recovery and highly practical guide aimed at facilitating planning by DMOs and their partners.
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