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The European Travel Commission (ETC) and Eurail have recently launched an exciting joint award competition for the Best European Rail Tourism Campaign 2021 as part of the ‘2021 European Year of Rail’ (EYR), which kicked off on  January 01, 2021. The award will be given to the marketing campaigns this year that best promote rail travel as a sustainable tourism model throughout the EU.

Prolonged travel restrictions could be the final nail in the coffin for resort operators in some European ski resorts as they depend solely on the winter season to survive.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, many of us never gave a second thought to sharing bathrooms or sleeping in beds that others had slept in - now we're all hyper-conscious about travel hygiene. With this in mind, experts at ShowersToYou.co.uk sought to find the European capitals with the cleanest accommodation to help us plan our next getaway.

Using Airbnb, Booking.com, and Tripadvisor, ShowersToYou.co.uk calculated the average cleanliness ratings of accommodation within popular European capitals, to reveal the cleanest destinations in Europe.

Where are the top three cleanest European capitals?

 Lisbon comes in first place as the cleanest European capital with an average of 4.79 stars. Between the three websites analysed, Airbnbs in Lisbon had the highest ratings (4.89), with TripAdvisor following closely behind (4.87 stars). When looking at guest reviews, common sentiments included: ‘rooms felt clean and well cared for’ and ‘very very clean and enforced mask-wearing/hand cleaning’.

 Coming in second is the picturesque Prague. The medieval capital of the Czech Republic scored an average of 4.74 stars in total, with stays in Airbnbs receiving the highest cleanliness rating (4.87). With the same average rating is Zagreb in joint second with 4.74 stars.

 Berlin makes the top 10 cleanest European capitals. Berlin grabs the 10th spot alongside Athens and Budapest with an overall rating of 4.68 stars. Airbnb guests were the most satisfied with the cleanliness of their stays, rating the vibrant capital with 4.84 stars, followed by TripAdvisor (4.76 stars) and Booking.com (4.44 stars).

 Zagreb comes out on top with 4.93 stars on Airbnb. Some of the guest reviews describe their stay in Croatia's capital as ‘sparkling clean’, ‘spotlessly clean’ and "immaculately clean’. Despite ranking as the sixth cleanest European capital overall, Moscow places in joint second place alongside Budapest, Madrid and Amsterdam with an average cleanliness rating on Airbnb of 4.90 stars.

 Again, Zagreb comes in first place as the European capital with the cleanest accommodation on Booking.com with an average of 4.67 stars. Following in second is Poland's capital, Warsaw, with 4.62 stars and Lisbon with 4.61 stars.

 Contradicting its stereotype of being smelly and dirty, TripAdvisor users rated Paris as the city to have the cleanest stays in Europe with 4.88 stars. Lisbon claims second with cleanliness ratings of 4.87 stars. Combatting the dirty stereotype again, London makes the top 3 cleanest capitals on TripAdvisor with 4.85 stars on average.


 

According to the latest Europe Hotel Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), analysts report that at the close of the third quarter (Q3) of this year, Europe’s hotel construction pipeline increased seven percent by projects and 11 percent by rooms year-over-year (YOY) to end the quarter with 1,834 projects and 291,823 rooms.

DBRS Morningstar released a commentary looking at the exposure of the euro area countries to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) related tourism downturn.

European Travel Commission (ETC) is calling on EU governments to better coordinate their COVID-19 recovery efforts by adopting a harmonised approach to lifting or reinstalling restrictions and safety measures, as tourism confidence plummets to a record low across the continent.

Europe’s tourism and leisure industry saw a drop of 53,1 percent in overall deal activity during second quarter (Q2) of this year, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

 

European aviation associations and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) agreed to strengthen efforts to ensure a consistent and safe travel experience for passengers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Generation Z (Gen Z) travellers believe that tourism benefits local communities, while also being aware of the personal benefits of travel, such as understanding other cultures and building life experiences and self-confidence.