Events

Feb
21
Wed
ECM Spring Meeting 2018, Reykjavík @ Hilton Reykjavik Nordica
Feb 21 – Feb 24 all-day
ECM Spring Meeting 2018, Reykjavík @ Hilton Reykjavik Nordica | Reykjavík | Iceland

#ECMReykjavik18

Looking back 10 years, the global marketplace and practice of urban travel has changed at break-neck speed through developments of digital and mobile innovation, global transaction technology, social media, sharing economy and many more disruptive factors. Most of them would have been outrageous projections in 2007. Imagining an augmented reality shopping experience using smart shopping glasses and iris authentication, facial recognition security check-ins at airports or Facebook AI technology to predict travel propensity can seem outrageous now in 2017, forecasting a future like this is probably much closer than you think.

The professional creed of DMOs is facing the biggest challenge and possibility for decades. Many have already recognized the need to disrupt the classic role and function of DMOs as the cities’ official marketing agency, emphasizing instead the need for the DMO to add the destination management function as a core task. Yet, more and more DMOs are looking beyond management to leadership, taking on a new mission of leading their destination towards urban innovation, facilitating change and expanding horizons towards new value creation for the city and the many stakeholders of the visitor economy.

With “Hack the City”, ECM is not endorsing cybercrime, but rather following in the footsteps of the best of Jedi knights, looking towards the dark side to leverage and learn from a mindset that ignites innovation and disruption. As described by Josh Linkner, putting motives aside, hacking is nothing more than an unorthodox problem-solving methodology. And DMOs today are facing big problems, demanding a change of mindset and tools to stimulate and facilitate urban development and innovation in the visitor economy.

In proud association with Visit Reykjavík and our Icelandic partners, we will showcase how DMOs all over Europe are morphing their business models, forming new partnerships out of the touristic marketing box and hacking innovative new solutions to the problems, we all face.

We invite you to Reykjavík – the best of places within our solar system to talk about the future. Smack in the middle of the old and new world with a lunar landscape unlike any other earthly place of incredible nature, dramatic Atlantic skies and great people! We invite you to explore a near future, where DMOs are the hackers too with the potential to drive the innovative change that will reshape the future of travel and urban space.

So, welcome to Reykjavík!

May
15
Tue
16th IMEX Policy Forum, Frankfurt @ Villa Kennedy
May 15 all-day
16th IMEX Policy Forum, Frankfurt @ Villa Kennedy  | Frankfurt | Hessen | Germany

Since 2003, the Policy Forum (formerly 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.

Partners
The Policy 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).
Jun
13
Wed
ECM International Conference & General Assembly 2018, Malmö
Jun 13 – Jun 16 all-day
ECM International Conference & General Assembly 2018, Malmö @ Malmö | Skåne County | Sweden

#ECMMalmo2018

European Cities Marketing will present a toploaded program for the ECM International Conference where Europe’s city marketers and tourism professionals meet industry thought leaders to debate and strategise the new normal in urban travel and tourism.

More information and registrations to come soon !

 

Aug
25
Sat
32nd ECM Summer School, Thessaloniki
Aug 25 – Aug 29 all-day
32nd ECM Summer School, Thessaloniki @ Dresden | Sachsen | Germany

#ECMSS18

The 32nd ECM Summer School will be held in Thessaloniki, Grece from August 25-29, 2018.

The 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 career 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

 

Take a look at last year’s program:

 

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…

«It was an unforgettable experience with very interesting topics about the Meetings Industry! Everything was well organised and structured. The ECM Summer School is one of the best oportunities to meet people with the same aims, challenges and difficulties in the Meetings Industry.»
Nadine Roth, Assistant Manager Conventions, visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office

«The summer school is an incredible opportunity to network with peers within the meetings trade. It is an opportunity to learn, grow and share experience with the experts who shape the industry – it is an invaluable network to be part of and a chance to discuss challenges and produce creative solutions.»
Graeme Mackay, Ambassador Programme Executive, visitAberdeenshire

«For me the ECM Summer School was a brilliant start into this industry. Next to brilliant classes I also made new contacts from all different kind of countries and learnt lots about their way of working. A real great experience, which I could recommend to everybody.»
Martina Fuhrer, Business Development Manager, Montreux-Vevey Tourism CVB

 

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

Sep
13
Thu
14th TourMIS Users’ Workshop & International Seminar, Vienna @ Modul University
Sep 13 – Sep 14 all-day
14th TourMIS Users' Workshop & International Seminar, Vienna @ Modul University | Wien | Wien | Austria

The 14th TourMIS Users’ Workshop and International Seminar is organised by the European Travel CommissionEuropean Cities Marketing & MODUL University Vienna on September 13-14, 2018.

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 will open later this year.

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!

Oct
25
Thu
TIC Expert Meeting 2018, Lviv
Oct 25 – Oct 26 all-day
TIC Expert Meeting 2018, Lviv @ Lviv | Lviv Oblast | Ukraine

#ECMTIC2018

Join us for the 5th ECM TIC Expert Meeting. This year’s meeting will be held in Lviv on October 25-26, 2018. The meeting’s focus will be announced shortly.

European Cities Marketing, through its TIC Knowledge Group, organises every year an Expert Meeting for Tourist Information Centres managers and staff exclusively, whether they are ECM members or not.

Our event provides you with a unique opportunity:

  • to meet and network with colleagues working in Tourist Information Centres all across Europe,
  • to share knowledge and best practice with other destinations to stay ahead of the latest market’s trends, and to grow your business as well as strengthen your professional expertise.

Our 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 to us. This event is for managers and TIC front office professionals coming from small and large cities and working for either public or private tourist information organisations – whether they are ECM members or not.

 

Please note:

  • The attendance is limited to 70 persons, with a maximum of 2 delegates per city !
  • Lunches and dinner included – check out our social programme
  • Your participation fee does not cover accommodation or transport

The aim of the meeting is of course to get to know your European colleagues, to share knowledge with them but most of all, we want you to have fun and leave full of inspiration and with a bunch of new friends.

We are looking forward to welcoming you for this fifth edition!

Nov
29
Thu
#DTTT Global 2018, Helsinki
Nov 29 – Nov 30 all-day
#DTTT Global 2018, Helsinki @ Helsinki | Finland

The Digital Tourism Think Tank and European Cities Marketing have continued to team up to host the #DTTT Global on November 29-30, 2018 in Helsinki.

#DTTT Global is back for another year of amazing keynote speakers and talks from destinations and industry around the world sharing their insights in digital. Join for two exciting days of inspiration, innovation and networking and be part of the tourism industry’s most important gathering of future thinkers.

ECM together with the Digital Tourism Think Tank would like to invite you to next year’s #DTTTGlobal from 29-30 November, 2018 in Helsinki !

Over 250 delegates from all corners of the world gather to learn and discuss the latest innovation, trends and challenges in digital and travel.

 

Prices and content to come soon !

Dec
2
Sun
Annual Meeting of Chief Executives Capital & Major Cities 2018, Luxembourg
Dec 2 – Dec 3 all-day
Annual Meeting of Chief Executives Capital & Major Cities 2018, Luxembourg @ Luxembourg City | Luxembourg District | Luxembourg

ECM organises the 12th Meeting of CEOs of Capital & Major Cities in Luxembourg on December 2-3, 2018.

A most prestigious and influential event, providing CEOs with an opportunity for open, peer-group discussion of current prospects, issues and concerns relating to city tourism.
Upon invitation ONLY (cities from the Top 25 of total bednights in the ECM Benchmarking Report 2018)

For more information and programme, contact ECM Head Office