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

International

Outlet: 3 Op Reis
Reach: 437k
Headline:
Date: 4/03/2019
The Netherlands’ public broadcaster BNNVARA visited Bristol in 2018 to film an item on Bristol and Bath for the 12th season of NP03’s popular travel show 3 Op Reis (roughly translated as On Travels).Featuring, the SS Great Britain, Cargo, the Cider Shop and the best of Bristol street art, the 13.59-minute show was broadcast at 7.45 PM and attracted 437, 000 viewers.

Outlet: Ongewoon Lekker
Reach: 3,100 followers on twitter
Headline: All tips for a city trip to Bristol
Date: 13 March 2019
As part of a campaign to promote Bristol’s growing reputation for food and drink to overseas visitors, Dutch blogger Jodie Mijts was invited to visit the city to get a taste of what we have to offer. Her comprehensive guide covered everything from burgers and beer to pies and gin. She posted two blogs: one on where to eat and drink and other on Moor Beer.

Outlet: These Foreign Roads
Reach: 2k on socials
Headline: Bristol was the break we didn’t know we needed
Date: Feb 2019
During December, Canadian foodie nomadic couple Kyle and Mark spent a whole month in Bristol, soaking up the Christmas atmosphere and taking a break from constant travelling. With a Visit Bristol media pass, they explored the city at their own pace and wrote a blog about their stay which included We the Curious, the Aquarium, SS Great Britain and Bristol Old Vic. Their second blog post revolved around the food scene in Southville and Bedminster and highlighted Tobacco Factory, Hen and Chicken, Thali, Bristol Beer Factory among others.

Snippet from These Foreign Roads

National

Outlet: Conde Nast Traveller
Reach: 3.2 million
Headline: Our Insider’s Guide to Bristol
Date: March 2019
Following numerous press releases from Destination Bristol, Conde Nast Traveller, published this Insider’s Guide to Bristol (posted online in March) with nods to Wilson’s Restaurant, Dela, Wapping Wharf, Pinkmans, The Ethicurean, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, St Georges, Lakota, Number 38 hotel, Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin and the forthcoming opening of Artist Residence.

Outlet: Conde Nast Traveller (online)
Reach: 3.2 million
Headline: Things to do in Bristol 4 Best Hotels to stay in Bristol
Date: March 2019
With support from the Destination Bristol press team, journalist Annabel Herrick, compiled a guide to the 10 best things to do in Bristol (among them: a street art tour, the SS Great Britain and the Clifton Lido.  A separate post, added a short list of Bristol’s best hotels - Artist Residence, Brooks, Number 38, Avon Gorge Hotel du Vin

Outlet: Third Eye Traveller
Reach: 25k
Headline: 15 ways to spend a weekend in Bristol for art and history lovers and 8 reasons why you should check into Berkeley Suites Bristol for your visit
Date: March 2019
Blogger Sophie Pearce came to stay in Bristol for two days in March and explored the city from a solo female traveller’s perspective. Her Instagram story showed off her adventures climbing to the top of Cabot Tower on a very windy day, as well as her time on the Blackbeard to Banksy walking tour, M Shed, SS Great Britain, The Hatchet, The Canteen, Pieminister and The Florist. Sophie wrote two blogs posts, one about her weekend in the city, and another review of her stay at Berkeley Suites.

Outlet: Telegraph
Reach: 70 million
Headline: 50 amazing UK adventures for 2019
Date: March 2019
Following a Destination Bristol press release sent to national press about What’s New for Bristol in 2019, the Telegraph published a feature about amazing UK adventures for this year, and included Bear Wood, which is due to open at Wild Place Project in July.

Outlet: The Guardian
Reach: 270 million
Headline: 20 Best New Hotels and Hostels Refurbished
Date: 23 Feb
Another result from a Destination Bristol press release outlining new hotels openings in 2019, The Guardian selected just four in the UK to highlight and included Artist Residence which is due to open in July in Bristol.

Outlet: Luxury Travel Guide
Reach: 250k
Headline: Five Reasons to visit Bristol in 2019
Date: March 2019
With input from Destination Bristol, Luxury Travel Guide uploaded a piece outlining 5 reasons to visit Bristol in 2019 highlighting food and beer, Cricket World Cup and other sports events, theatre, film festivals and art and photography. Within the piece they mentioned Bristol Craft Beer Festival, Bristol Brewery school, Food Connections, Cricket World Cup, Bristol Old Vic, Bristol Hippodrome, Redgrave Theatre, Bristol Film Festival, Encounters Festival, M Shed, Bristol Museum and RWA.

Snippet from Luxury Travel Guide

Trade

Outlet: M&IT
Reach: 25k
Headline: The Innovation Game
Date: March 2019
In January, a trip was put together by the Meet Bristol team for Paul Harvey from M&IT. The resulting feature included SS Great Britain, Aerospace Bristol, Marriott Royal Hotel, We The Curious, Bristol Old Vic, Avon Gorge Hotel by Hotel du Vin and Ashton Gate Stadium, as well as a quote from Kathryn Davis at Destination Bristol championing the events and conference facilities in the city.

Snippet from M&it

Other coverage
The Independent ran a mostly positive review of Root, the mostly-vegetarian restaurant at Wapping Wharf. Saga magazine ran an article on the best restaurants in Bristol and included The Lido, Nutmeg, Box E and several others. Street art bloggers from Italy, Travel on Art came to the city and wrote a travel guide post, and a street art article. Elle magazine wrote a feature on fashion exhibitions to see with your mum, and included Fabric Africa exhibition at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. In Your Area website published a piece on the top 10 restaurants to eat vegan in Bristol and local blogger Chevrons and Eclairs published a piece on the 10 best things to do in Bristol. There were several pieces of coverage on Banksy’s Devolved Parliament, including Bristol 24/7 which featured a quote from Kathryn Davis, head of tourism at Destination Bristol as well as extensive coverage via outlets including BBC News, Evening Standard  and Huffington Post.

Press trips and enquiries (where coverage is forthcoming)
Two journalists from Spain visited Bristol in March with a view to write pieces for several publications including La Razón, Conde Nast Traveller, Top Viajes, Etheria and Cero2B. Leeds blogger David McClane came to Bristol for a beer and street art themed weekend and has enough content to write four blogs, no less. A French/German TV company producing a show for ARTE channel came to film a street art tour with Where the Wall. German Instagrammer Noe Grabner (@noepierre) spent two days in Bristol, photographing historical architecture. A journalist from Toronto Star and History magazine in the US came to Bristol for two days to cover Berkeley Castle and other historical aspects of the city. A writer from Riviera Buzz (an online arts magazine based in Nice in the south of France) spent a night in Bath and two nights in Bristol in a two-cities culture trip supported by the B&BCD joint venture.

Press releases
In March Destination Bristol issued releases on what to do over the Easter holidays, another on the launch of Visit Bristol’s new online Experiences pages (and related digital campaign), and a third on Bristol’s nomination in the Group Travel awards for 2019.

News and networking
A member of the Destination Bristol marketing team travelled to Paris with Visit Bath to help promote the joint-venture ‘two-cities, one trip’ concept to French media at TravMedia’s IMM event. The team also hosted two members forums, one for food and drink and the other for hotels and attractions. Both were well attended. In March, Destination Bristol’s Marketing Manager Jon Chamberlain also attended ITB in Berlin - the world’s largest tourism trade fair - to promote the city to international travel trade.

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