GSM605 wrote:SLCUT2777 wrote:I wouldn’t be so dismissive of any of the cities you mention specifically (or many others by inference). Many Europeans have done the usual US tourist Meccas and are looking at different destinations. Although I too was surprised when I first read this thread about CHS, in hindsight maybe not. CHS is a popular vacation spot from the Midwest and presumably the East Coast. People rave about its beauty and charm so a 2x weekly flight may not be such a stretch, particularly if you consider timing with cruises and business and cargo.
Even here in Cincinnati, we are seeing more and more Europeans visiting during summer. They are being drawn by the city, it’s brewing history and for it being the starting point for Kentucky’s Bourbon trail (not to mention the nearby thoroughbred horse industry). There’s business and industry here too with multiple ties to Europe.
I’m sure the same can be said about other so-called second tier cities. Seasonal frequencies with the right equipment can be pulled off. I’m not suggesting that service announcements are imminent for CVG, STL or others but the world is getting smaller. New more economical to operate aircraft are now available and I expect we’ll be seeing more of these sort of “surprise” destinations in the future.
Very good points. I think for international tourism, it's all about finding a niche. As I mentioned, British people are fascinated by American Southern culture, which makes CHS an attractive destination. Marketed well, I certainly think Bourbon and horses could be a strong sell for Kentucky. Music is certainly an attraction for Tennessee. I could also see some other destinations becoming significant European tourism destinations given the popular European fascination with Native American culture. Perhaps ABQ? Many Americans take these sorts of things for granted, but to Europeans they're very exotic. The problem for a city like STL is that it doesn't have an obvious unique cultural selling point.