Tiscover and its partners have won the contract to power the new VisitEurope.com, the EU’s official tourism website.The agreement will see Tiscover, working in conjunction with Austrian partner Electronic Commerce Competence Centre (EC3), develop the portal into a powerful worldwide marketing tool for all 32 EU member states. The contract -worth in the region of two million euros - was rewarded following an extensive tendering process involving 40 companies.
Due to go live in 2005/6, the new www.visiteurope.com will enable tourists to review destinations, attractions and events as well as make bookings from accommodation providers.
VisitEurope.com is operated by the European Travel Commission (ETC), the umbrella organisation for the EU’s national tourist boards. The national tourist boards of the individual member states will handle the various country sites.
Karsten Kärcher, executive director of sales, marketing and finance at Tiscover commented: “We are thrilled to have been selected for the development of VisitEurope.com.
“Winning this tender underlines the status of Tiscover as a major supplier of e-technology for European tourism. Nearly 14 years of experience and innovation have put us in this position and we are very proud of it.”
“We look forward to working closely with EC3 on what is undoubtedly one of Europe’s biggest travel projects.”
Prof. Hannes Werthner, head of EC3 added: “EC3 is renowned for its competence in tourism and e-commerce, and our selection highlights the quality of our combined skills set and service.”