ECM Spring Meeting, Gdańsk @ Mercure Gdansk Stare Miasto
Feb 22 – Feb 25 all-day

At the ECM Spring Meeting in Gdańsk, February 22-25th 2017, European Cities Marketing debates the future role of the City Marketing and Tourism organisation. We will be challenged by industry thought leaders. We will share ideas and insights of how best to create value for the city, our industry partners and the visitors we serve.

Together we will search for new models and modes of tomorrow. We might not find the silver bullet or a model that will fit all. But we are confident that Strategizing the DMO of the Future is the meeting that will give you lots of inspiration and empower you and your team to start your own transformative journey.

All of this will be delivered in Gdańsk where Lech Wałęsa and Solidarity began the dismantling of the old communist Poland in the summer of 1980, which ultimately sparked the fall of the Berlin Wall a decade later. What better place to talk about changing the future?

Welcome to Gdańsk!

Check the programme now:

Register here and get the early bird rate until January 31!


Salon Mondial du Tourisme 2016, Paris @ Porte de Versailles
Mar 16 – Mar 19 all-day
Salon Mondial du Tourisme 2016, Paris @ Porte de Versailles | Paris | Île-de-France | France


The show is an indicator of trends

City breaks (short stays in European towns and cities) are increasingly popular among French people as a result of increased numbers of airline routes and people breaking up their holiday time. European towns have become the points at which people enter the countries in question.

This year, a Citybreak hub is featured right at the heart of the show

100 m² bringing together ten or so exhibitors in the areas of the show through which the most traffic passes, together with a specific communications plan.

An opportunity to conduct a life-size market study

For you, this is a real opportunity to test the French-speaking market – a market for which the cultural dimension is seen as a major reason to travel for many (provide documentation and French-speaking personnel)


  • Boost your sales with customers intent on buying
  • Attract new customers intent on buying and enthusiastic about travel
  • Benefit from a unique showcase for your new products, services and exclusive offers from January
  • Optimise your marketing activities and expend your contact base
  • Promote your brand image and boost your brand recognition
  • Motivate your team around a unifying event
  • Enjoy exceptional media coverage


Get a few figures on the show, as well as the targeted communication plan and details of this exclusive offer NOW! Download all information here.

The International Tourism Show in figures, get all info here.

For any questions please contact:

Content | Campus #DTCC2017, Copenhagen
Mar 30 – Mar 31 all-day
Content | Campus #DTCC2017, Copenhagen @ Copenhagen | Denmark

ECM together with the Digital Tourism Think Tank would like to invite you to the second edition of the Content | Campus, which is happening on March 30-31 in Copenhagen!

Over the course of 2 days you will learn everything about content and the people behind it. A wide range of Content Leaders and Creators will be invited on stage to share their work with you and engage in discussion as they reveal the process behind it.

As an ECM member you get 100€ off Early Bird ticket pricing! Simply introduce the promo code ECMguest when registering.

🗓100€ discount is available NOW and expires February 10🗓

Have a look at the programme for day 1 and day 2 and register now to take advantage of great discounts!

IMEX Politicians Forum, Frankfurt @ Villa Kennedy
May 16 all-day

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For more than a decade, the Politicians Forum at IMEX has provided the only high-level event to bring together industry leaders with representatives of governments and government agencies. Government understanding and support is critical to the advancement of the meetings and events industry.

While the Forum programme and content have evolved, the one constant has been using the power of knowledge exchange to encourage a better appreciation of the benefits the meetings industry delivers to engaged destinations.


For more information please see here
If you would like to invite a Politician, Government Official or indeed any influential stakeholder in your destination to participate in 2017 please contact Natasha Richards.

The Politicians Forum is organised by IMEX in collaboration with European Cities Marketing (ECM), the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the International Association of Convention Centres (AIPC), under the auspices of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC).
ECM Annual Meeting & General Assembly, Dubrovnik @ Hotel Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik
May 31 – Jun 3 all-day

European Cities Marketing proudly presents the first ever Open Forum where Europe’s city tourism professionals meet industry thought leaders and leading tourism academics from around the globe to debate and strate–‐ gize the new normal in urban travel and tourism.

ECM Open Forum will give you an full three-day conference of exclusive networking and cherry picking of deep insights, carefully curated updates on the latest new academic research and lots of inspiration from industry leaders and entrepreneurial startups set to rule tomorrows’ tourism landscape!

  • Hear what leading academic tourism experts from universities across the world make of the disruptive times in urban tourism and what it means for destination managers. ! Meet the mastermind behind Google’s latest launches in destination marketing, Google Trips and Google Destinations. !
  • Buckle up for a flight to the future with Airbus’ Global Foresight as we look at global travel pattern 10–‐15 years out. !
  • Meet a parade of entrepreneurial start–‐ups and new industry players aiming to revolutionize the way we travel and experience cities. !
  • Learn about smart tourism and how new forms of data capture will challenge everything you thought you knew about visitor consump–‐ tion and behavior in your city.

Stay tuned ! Programme and registration platform will be available soon.


Call for Papers: Disruptions in Urban Tourism

Submit abstract (max. 1,000 words): 28th February 2017
Notice of acceptance: 31st of March 2017
Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to register to the conference until: 7th April 2017
Conference: May 31st – June 2, 2017
Authors invited to submit final papers for publication in Journal of Tourism Futures until 1st October 2017

Tourism is an important source of income for cities and its importance is likely to increase in the future. Not only is tourism the fastest growing segment of the leisure travel market, but business travel to cities is set to increase too. The growth of city tourism and further developments in the tourism industry as well as wider society have created a wide range of new opportunities and challenges that have already or can disrupt tourism in the future. European Cities Marketing, in association with leading academic organisations in Europe would like to invite contributors for an international conference on this subject on May 31st-June 2nd 2017 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Please send the abstract as a Microsoft Word attachment to Dr. Ko KOENS (koens.k@nhtv.nl).

More info here

City Fair 2017, London @ Old Billingsgate
Jun 12 all-day
City Fair 2017, London @ Old Billingsgate | London | United Kingdom


What is City Fair?

City Fair is a one day event of pre-scheduled appointments dedicated to the lucrative and growing sector of city tourism organised by ETOA and ECM.

It combines ETOA’s long track record in running highly-targeted workshops with ECM’s expertise in city marketing. ETOA’s tour operator members alone represent a combined buying power of over €5 billion, while ECM has a membership of more than 100 cities.

This is a unique opportunity for European city tourist boards and their suppliers to meet, network and conduct business with tour operators and city product developers from all over the world.

Why attend City Fair?
City tourist boards and suppliers (such as hotels and attractions)
Participate as an exhibitor to gain competitive advantage for your destination, and to meet with operators, whose business represents both high volume and niche sectors from Europe and all major long-haul markets.
Tour operators
Participate as a buyer to consolidate your existing programmes, to keep abreast of the latest developments in European cities and source new product for your city tours. Attendance is free of charge for buyers.
For more information please contact:
Exhibitor enquiries – Joanne Cadier – jcadier@etoa.org
Buyer enquiries – Nick Greenfield – ngreenfield@etoa.org
ECM (European Cities Marketing) – Flavie Baudot – flavie@europeancitiesmarketing.com
31st ECM Summer School, Dresden @ Westin Bellevue
Aug 26 – Aug 30 all-day

The 31st ECM Summer School will be organised in Dresden, Germany, from August 26-30, 2017.

ECM Summer School is an unmissable learning opportunity for all professionals working in Convention Bureaux, Tourist Offices, Congress Centres, Airlines, Hotels, DMCs, PCOs & Meeting Planners!
The aim is to equip professionals with the latest marketing tools and to help them to develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career in conference, meetings and event management.

      • Meet professional leaders of the industry
      • Gain knowledge and skills for a successful carrier in the Meetings Industry
      • Develop a network with new colleagues and peers from all over Europe
      • Get tools to acquire clients in the Meetings Industry
      • Gain CMP professional credits to acquire/confirm your CMP certification



Gain CMP professional credits to acquire/confirm your CMP certification !

CIC has reviewed the learning objectives of this activity and has indicated that attendees will receive 17.75 CE hours in the 5 Domain of the CMP or CMP-HC Standards. Learn more on the CMP on the CIC website. 


What do they say about ECM Summer School…

«ECM Summer School provided me exactly what I was looking for – insider perspective.»
Lauri Kurs, Sales Manager, Nordic Hotels OU/Tallinn CVB

«It was a great experience and I enjoyed getting to know all the faculty members and participants and exchange experiences in very unique settings. Both lectures and workshops were full of useful Information!»
Mirja Kessler, Sales Manager, Messe München

«ECM Summer School is a great opportunity to know the true actors of this field and to get the best advices which will make becoming us a good professionals!»
Maria Cristina PerConte Licatese, Junior Operation Manager, Firenze Convention Bureau


Should you have any additional questions, please contact ECM Head Office.

13th TourMIS Users’ Workshop & International Seminar, Vienna @ Modul University
Sep 7 – Sep 8 all-day
13th TourMIS Users' Workshop & International Seminar, Vienna @ Modul University | Wien | Wien | Austria

The 13th TourMIS Users’ Workshop and International Seminar on Consumer Trends & the impact on Tourism is organised by the European Travel CommissionEuropean Cities Marketing & MODUL University Vienna.

Both events are directed toward managers, academics, as well as consultants and representatives of governments and international organizations dealing with tourism. Participants are invited to register for both days or can choose to participate in just one event.

Registration and Hotel Booking Form is available for download at http://www.modul.ac.at/tourmis

Please submit your registration by August 1, 2017 at the latest. 

For additional information on both events, we invite you to visit the event website or to contact the local organizer, Dr. Bozana Zekan bozana.zekan@modul.ac.at.

The participation in the workshop/seminar is free; however, travel and accommodation need to be covered by each participant.

We look forward to welcoming you in Vienna!

City Cards Expert Meeting, Vienna
Oct 5 – Oct 6 all-day
City Cards Expert Meeting, Vienna @ Vienna | Vienna | Austria

The meeting brings together product managers within the European City Cards project. The goal of this yearly event is to create a network of experts working in the field of product management for City Cards. City Cards are an important tool within the City Hospitality mix, since they can enhance the visitor’s experience of a City.

This event not only enriches City Card experts’ professional lives, it also promotes the development of the City Cards project through knowledge exchange.

The participants must be persons working on City Cards: product managers, project leaders, and marketing managers.
The participants’ city must be member of ECM and already run a City Card.
Transport and overnight stay is at everyone’s own expense.
For members of the City Cards Project, there will be no participation fee for 1 person per city, since the participation is included in the activities of the City Cards Project. Extra persons will pay a fee of 100 EUR.
For other ECM members not members of the City Cards Project, the participation is limited to 1 person per city and there will be a fee of 190 EUR.

TIC Expert Meeting, Budapest
Oct 26 – Oct 27 all-day
TIC Expert Meeting, Budapest @ Budapest | Budapest | Hungary

An unmissable learning opportunity for professionals working in Tourist Information Centres, managers and front office workers!

European Cities Marketing, through the TIC Knowledge Group, organises on a yearly basis a meeting with Tourist Information Centres managers’ and staff, whether they are ECM members or not.

This special lunch to lunch event provides the participants with an opportunity to improve their knowledge and also to share information on Tourist Information Centres with other destinations.
The TIC Expert Meeting offers a mix of incentive and exchange opportunities for all attendees. This is why the diversity of participants is of great importance; the event is directed to managers and TIC front office workers from large and small cities, from public and private organised tourist information organisations.

We are looking forward to welcoming you for this fourth edition in Budapest!