We take a look at press and media coverage from February 2019.

International

Outlet: Venuez
Reach: 300k
Headline: 48 Hours in Bristol
Date: February 2019
In October, Destination Bristol hosted a trip for Debbie Pappyn, a journalist from Venuez, a hospitality magazine that’s published in Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. In her piece outlining 48 Hours in Bristol, Debbie highlighted a number of local food and drink hotspots including Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin, White Lion, The Bristol Hotel, Coconut Tree, The Ivy Brasserie, Woky Ko and The Ox, among others.

Outlet: With Husband in Tow
Reach: 35k monthly views, 139k combined socials
Headline: Bristol Food Guide, Bristol Craft Beer Guide, Bristol Gin Guide
Date: February 2019
US food and drink influencers Amber and Eric Hoffman from With Husband In Tow spent five days in Bristol during the British Dal Festival and wrote three articles highlighting the local food and drink scene. Their first post entitled Bristol Food Guide presented a culinary tour of the city covering Pieminister, St Nicks Market, Pinkmans Bakery, 1766 Bar and Kitchen, Tare at Cargo, the Bristol Food tour (Gallimaufry, Koocha, Flour and Ash, Jamaica Street Stores), Coconut Tree, River Cottage Kitchen, Bristol Cider Shop, Moor Beer, Romy’s Kitchen. Thornbury Castle and The Bristol Hotel (where the coupled stayed) were also covered. A second post, offered a comprehensive guide to Bristol Craft Beer and included Bristol Brewery Tour, Moor Beer Bristol, Bristol Beer Factory, King Street Brewhouse, Wild Beer Co and the Bristol Cider Shop. Their final post, Bristol Gin Guide, included Avery Wine Merchants, Psychopomp, 6 O’clock Gin, The Rummer  and the Milk Thistle.

With Husband in Tow: Bristol Gin Guide. February Media Report

National

Outlet: Condé Nast Traveller Online (UK)
Reach: 3.2million visits
Headline: 10 cool things to do in Bristol
Date: February 2019
In January, Destination Bristol helped Condé Nast Traveller writer Annabel Herrick (who lives in Bristol) with her piece outlining the top cool things to do in the city. Her article featured The Lido, Ashton Court Estate, Bristol-to-Bath Railway Path, Wardrobe Theatre, Wapping Wharf, M Shed, Watershed and The Rummer.

Conde Nast Traveller: 10 cool things to do in Bristol. February Media Report

Trade Press

A February press release shared the news that Bristol is to host UKInbound’s Annual Convention in February 2020 ­– and the announcement generated a run of trade-press coverage as follows:

Outlet: Breaking Travel News
Headline: UKinbound Convention 2020.
Date: February 2019
A brief announcement in this travel-trade newsletter.

Outlet: Travel Mole
Headline: Bristol to host UKinbound’s 202 Annual Conference
Date: 08/02/2019
Another brief newsletter announcement.

Outlet: Bristol Business News
Headline: Bristol’s travel and tourism industry to be showcased as city wins bid to win major national conference
Date: 08/02/2019
Editor Robert Buckland reports on the news  in this local online business publication.

Outlet: Travel Weekly
Reach: 14,583 (print distribution) / 150k online
Headline: Bristol to host 202 Convention for UKinbound
Date: 08/02/2019
A detailed online report from the UK’s leading travel-trade weekly.

Outlet: Conference News
Headline: Ukinbound awards 2020 Annual Convention to City of Bristol
Date: 08/02/2019
More coverage from this voice of the conference industry.

/Conference News: UKinbound announcement. February Media Report

Other coverage

Bristol was named in the top three places for under-26s to live in a report by Radio 1’s Newsbeat, taking into account rent prices, mental health care, youth employment rates among other factors. Hospitality Interiors featured Bristol Marriott Royal’s new look which its says, ‘reaffirms its position in the premium hotel market’.  Smarter Travel featured Bristol in a piece entitled ‘Your Alternative Guide to England’ and included Balloon Fiesta, street art and SS Great Britain. French TV news channel France 24 interviewed Melissa Chemam on how Bristol became a musical and artistic melting pot. The Guardian featured Bristol in Walks of Art, an online round-up of UK art trails – needles to say the focus is on where to find a Banksy. Bristol was named the UK’s kindest city by Travel Daily, based on the average number of good deeds done per person. The Guardian published an article entitled ‘Walks of art: six of the best trails in the UK’ and included Banksy’s Bristol. The Guardian also featured the forthcoming opening of Bristol’s Artist Residence in a guide to 20 cool new hotels. Conde Nast Traveller magazine ran a 6-page feature on the city.

Press trips and enquiries (where coverage is forthcoming)

Fiona Whitty from Mirror/Express/Star group and her 18-yer-old son spent a weekend in the city exploring the city’s maritime heritage as well as its street art and vibrant creative scene. Sophie Dinsdale from Visit England came to the city on a microgap, to show off what a short trip to Bristol for Millennials could look like. Destination Bristol provided a media pass for visiting influencer Katie Morgan from the Rare Welsh Bit. Travel journalist Oscar Checa Algarra from Spain’s national newspaper El Mundo spent three days in Bristol researching an article on Bristol food and drinks story. Influencer Jody Mijts from Netherlands food blog Ongewoon Lekker was also in the city on a food trip.

Press releases
In February, press release was sent out to local and national press highlighting the many family-friendly events happening in Bristol over February half term. A second release made the announcement that Bristol is to host the UKInbound Annual Conference in 2020 (see above).

News and networking
Members of the Destination Bristol team attended UKInbound conference in Glasgow and South West Group Travel Show to promote Bristol to travel trade.

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