Speaking about the next ECM International Conference, Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, ECM President, said: "ECM invites the attendees (DMOs, industry partners...) to listen and learn what's coming their way, celebrating the new paradigm for DMOs in urban travel and tourism where complexity and rapid changes in technology, consumer behaviour and politics constitute the new normal, exploring and debating the latest market trends and the significant driving forces that will shape the future of destination management."
Above all, ECM welcomes a tomorrow where a growing number of bednights might no longer be the guiding imperative for success. In Ljubljana, DMOs will learn from lead destinations, international experts and urban entrepreneurs who are successfully pursuing purpose and positive impact in urban travel and tourism.
Dieter Hardt-Stremayr, ECM President, continued: "David Bowie once said "Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming" Let's take him on his word, listening to today's entrepreneurs and emerging new destinations as they charge tomorrow's urban travel without looking much at the patterns and players of yesterday."
Keynote speaker Frank Cuypers, Travel Expert, Senior Consultant and Scholar will share the concept of Liquid Tourism as a new model for DMOs. DMOs can start by mixing technology, experience design, place-DNA, urban personality, passionography, scripted serendipity, privacy by design and citizen engagement!
Participants will get the latest from ECM Member cities/countries such as Aarhus, Benidorm, Copenhagen, Germany, Helsinki, Ljubljana, Lyon and Mechelen but also from companies like Adventure Junky, Airfinity, COTRI, Dragon Trail Interactive, DTTT, FairBnB, Inspirators Factory, Miles Partnership and Welcome City Lab, as well as ECM Partners: ADARA, ForwardKeys, GDS-Index, MODUL University and TOPOSOPHY.
The conference will be co-moderated by Yvonne Coulin, ECM Board Member and CEO of Nuremberg Convention & Tourist Office and Peter Rømer Hansen, Founder and CEO of Rømer Agency.