2017 was a great year for travel, despite some difficulties in the form of natural disasters and security concerns. Overall, the industry is thriving, innovating and pushing the boundaries of what it means to travel in the 21st century. It was also a great year for ArrivalGuides: we cemented new partnerships, expanded our content library and distribution network, and even launched entirely new products and services. Let’s take a look back at the past year and review some of the key events and accomplishments of 2017.
The Year in Numbers
26: the number of new guides added to our library
596: the number of guides live at the end of 2017
51,179: the total amount of points of interest reached last year
437: the number of videos now populating our ArrivalTV library
23: the number of new key partnerships established during 2017
The ArrivalGuides network grew significantly this year. 26 new travel guides were added to our library, and a number of new destination partners have joined us, including DMOs from Romania, Croatia, France and Spain, among others. Moreover, our distribution network was greatly expanded to include such companies as News.com.au (Australia’s number one news website), Here Technologies (a pioneering mapping and in-car navigation system company), Travefy (which provides itinerary and communication tools for travel professionals), Kiwi.com (a Czech travel aggregator and one of the fastest growing companies in the world), and London-based OTA The Wise Miser, to name just a few. We’ve also cemented an important partnership with Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the entire United States, and greatly look forward to accomplishing great things with them in the future.
ArrivalGuides around the World
ArrivalGuides’ staff scoured the globe last year, jumping from Madrid to Dubai, New York to Berlin, London to Singapore, and beyond, making our presence felt at the world’s largest, most important and most influential travel events and conferences. The information, contacts and partnerships garnered at these events have only strengthened the ArrivalGuides brand and our position on the global market. Below is a full list of events attended in 2017 (you’ll find us at many of these same events in 2018, as well):
FITUR, Madrid – January 18-22
European Cities Meeting, Gdansk – February 22-25
ITB Berlin – March 6-10
Arabian Travel Market, Dubai – April 24-27
Skift Global Forum, New York – September 26-27
ITB Asia, Singapore – October 25-27
AAA Travel Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina – November 3
World Travel Market, London – November 6-8
Phocuswright Conference, Hollywood, Florida – November 13-15
The Future of Destination Marketing
2017 also saw the launch of our newest product: AG Marketing, a powerful, all-in-one, omni-channel marketing tool that allows destinations to reach huge new audiences, increase traffic and keep customers engaged. It was designed to simplify the process for customers, who need only provide minimum input to achieve maximum impact. Learn more about AG Marketing, check out the Blekinge Success Case and stay tuned for more news and updates regarding this exciting new service.