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September 16, 2021

Data Appeal and Sojern Report: Italian Tourism 2021

A 15-page report considering the performance of the tourism sector during summer 2021 and looking ahead to prospects for autumn. The focus of the report is on Italy, but includes a number of other destinations across Europe. It suggests that while there has been a strong bounce-back pre-Covid levels are yet to be achieved, with August flight bookings to Italy being 46% down on 2019.
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September 16, 2021

ALVA UK Attractions Recovery Wave 10

The tenth wave of a sentiment tracker looking at the views of the attractions-going population in the UK. The numbers saying that they either have already returned to visiting attractions or will do so once permitted continues to increase while the hesitant “waiting to see what happens” segment has dropped to around 30% of the market. Despite the easing of restrictions a strong appetite for supporting safety measures to build confidence persists, especially in relation to managing crowds and encouraging mask wearing.
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July 29, 2021

YouGov International Travel and Tourism Report 2021

Detailed analysis of the international tourism arena, exploring where people intend to travel, what they are looking for and what is holding them back, based on responses from 185,000 consumers across 25 markets. Analysis looks at intentions to travel, both leisure and business, which markets are likely to return the fastest and whether travellers are becoming more “responsible” in their attitudes.
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July 29, 2021

Reiseanalyse German Outbound Holiday Travel Reopening

An exploration of how German citizens currently feel about holiday travel with plenty of charts based on ReiseAnalyse data, examining their plans for the remainder of the year and delving into the need for marketers to understand individual market segments as opposed to basing their decisions on the “average” consumer, as at present there is considerable variation in consumer attitudes.
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July 29, 2021

Eurostat short-stay accommodation bookings via collaborative economy platforms

Headline results from newly available data on bookings made in 2018 and 2019 across four major Collaborative Economy booking platforms within the EU, revealing that in 2019 the number of nights booked was 14% up on the year before at 554 million. Spain, France and Italy are shown to be the countries within the EU27 seeing the largest volume of nights booked via these platforms.
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July 29, 2021

ETC Monitoring sentiment for domestic and intra-European travel Wave 7

The seventh wave 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 May the study found sentiment to have improved markedly compared with the previous wave, continuing the trend from the most recent survey waves. 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 but with being vaccinated of growing importance. 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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July 29, 2021

ETC Trends and Prospects Q2 2021

A comprehensive look at recent trends and near-term prospects for European tourism which indicates there are faint glimmers of hope for summer as vaccination rates increase and some restrictions are eased, but with a note that downside risks remain in relation to the emergence of new variants. Overall inbound arrivals in Europe are forecast to return to 2019 levels in 2024. If vaccine rollout picks up across Europe and infection rates fall leading to a reduction in restrictions then international arrivals are expected to improve in 2021 compared with 2020, but pre-pandemic volumes at now not expected to return until 2024, two years later than is the case for domestic demand. In addition to taking a look at the aviation and accommodation sectors the report reviews the performance of key origin markets and looks forward to how the economies of European nations and those of important long-haul source markets will perform in the next year or two.
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July 29, 2021

ALVA UK Attractions Recovery Wave 9

The ninth wave of a sentiment tracker looking at the views of the attractions-going population in the UK. The numbers saying that they either have already returned to visiting attractions or will do so once permitted continues improved since the previous wave in April with a commensurate decline in the numbers saying they will wait and see what happens for a while, whereas the proportion saying they are unlikely to return any time soon remain stubbornly around one-in-five of those polled. Concerns about crowds, especially in indoor environments means that many believe that entry numbers should continue to be capped and social distancing measures enforced. A key learning is that while a strong appetite to visit attractions now exists, nervousness about doing so has not evaporated, with particular concerns about crowds and social distancing. A key learning is that those who have received a vaccine are less cautious about visiting attractions than others, providing signs of encouragement for later in the year.
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June 23, 2021

Reiseanalyse First Results for 2021

Headline findings from the latest wave of the key survey of German holiday travel demand which has been providing insights for more than half a century. Germans took 50% fewer foreign holidays in 2020 than the year before but more domestic holidays than in 2019, while looking ahead to 2021 the report finds that holidays remain of central importance to most Germans and, once permitted, they will return to being enthusiastic holiday travellers.
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May 24, 2021

ETC Trends and Prospects Q1 2021

A comprehensive look at recent trends and near-term prospects for European tourism that rather sits on the fence in terms of the upcoming summer by noting that prospects are “mixed”. Plenty of data is reviewed and suggests that early 2021 witnessed Europe facing stiffer headwinds than other global regions. If vaccine rollout picks up across Europe and infection rates fall leading to a reduction in restrictions then international arrivals are expected to improve in 2021 compared with 2020, but pre-pandemic volumes at now not expected to return until 2024, two years later than is the case for domestic demand. In addition to taking a look at the aviation and accommodation sectors the report reviews the performance of key origin markets and looks forward to how the economies of European nations and those of important long-haul source markets will perform in the next year or two.
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May 24, 2021

ALVA UK Attractions Recovery Wave 8

The eighth wave of a sentiment tracker looking at the views of the attractions-going population in the UK. The numbers saying that they will return to visiting attractions once permitted continues to improve strongly since the previous wave in March with a commensurate decline in the numbers saying they are unlikely to return for a long time but remain around one-in-five of those polled. A key learning is that while a strong appetite to visit attractions now exists, nervousness about doing so has not evaporated, with particular concerns about crowds and social distancing. A key learning is that those who have received a vaccine are less cautious about visiting attractions than others, providing signs of encouragement for later in the year.
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May 11, 2021

National Tourist Board Insight Pages

A useful one-stop hub for links to the insight pages and summaries of their content for selected European National Tourist Boards.
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April 26, 2021

ALVA UK Attractions Recovery Wave 7

The seventh wave of a sentiment tracker looking at the views of the attractions-going population in the UK. The numbers saying that they will return to visiting attractions once permitted continues to edge up while those saying they are unlikely to return for a long time edge down in number, but remain around one-in-three. A key learning is that those who have received a vaccine are less cautious about visiting attractions than others, providing signs of encouragement for later in the year.
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April 26, 2021

ETC Monitoring sentiment for domestic and intra-European travel Wave 6

The sixth wave 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 February the study found sentiment to have improved slightly compared with the previous wave, a trend now becoming well established. 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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March 17, 2021

Euromonitor Top 100 City Destinations

Available as a standalone set of slides or with an accompanying 32 minute webinar the analysis looks at how leading global city destinations performed in 2020 and briefly considers trends that may emerge in 2021. Each world region is put under the spotlight looking at city rankings along with a number of city case studies focussing on the ways in which DMOs or NTOs responded to the pandemic.
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March 17, 2021

ETC Trends and Prospects Q4 2020

A comprehensive look back at how European destinations performed in 2020 and what shape recovery in 2021 and beyond may take. The report also discusses the future of business tourism, suggesting that rumours of a permanent decline are misplaced. In addition to taking a look at the aviation and accommodation sectors the report reviews the performance of key origin markets and looks forward to how the economies of European nations and those of important long-haul source markets will perform in the next year or two.
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March 17, 2021

ETC Monitoring sentiment for domestic and intra-European travel Wave 5

The penultimate 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 late December and January the study found sentiment to have improved slightly compared with the month before for the second consecutive wave of the study. 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). 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). 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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February 10, 2021

ETOA Survey – Britain and Ireland Recovery Prospects January 2021

A 2-page summary of the survey ETOA carried out with attendees at our Britain and Ireland Marketplace in January 2021 on the speed with which they anticipate a recovery in demand.
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February 10, 2021

Visit Britain Inbound and Domestic Research Webinar Jan 2021

A 90-minute webinar the bulk of which focusses on newly released findings from a study of international travellers undertaken in December 2020 exploring their travel intentions, ‘activators’ and preferences. Key findings include that while travel desire remains strong most are currently not committing to a trip date or destination, that the young are likely to start travelling again sooner those who are older and that last minute bookings look set to remain in vogue for some months to come. 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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February 10, 2021

Travel Weekly Insight Annual Report 2020

A detailed look at the UK travel market drawing heavily on recent consumer research that suggests a shift towards domestic travel and away from overseas holidays, but perhaps not to the extent some have suggested. The study is cautious as to the timing of recovery but remans confident that recovery will come. The opinion of experts from Deloitte and organisations representing the tourism sector are interspersed with findings from research among UK consumers to help set the scene for future travel trends.
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February 10, 2021

UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2020

A comprehensive round-up of international tourism in 2019 revealing that all world regions experienced growth in arrivals which reached 1.5 billion, generating $1,481bn of international tourism receipts. The report contains numerous infographics and tables detailing the economic value of the sector and performance of different world regions in 2019, along with the leading destinations and most valuable source markets.
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January 27, 2021

ETC Monitoring sentiment for domestic and intra-European travel Wave 4

The fourth 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 November and early December the study found sentiment to have improved slightly compared with the month before on the back of encouraging vaccine developments. 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). 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

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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