Media Release: The First & Only Comprehensive Christmas Markets Web Directory

Croydon, Surrey – Wednesday 2 September, 2009; Christmasmarkets.com, the only internet directory providing comprehensive information about Christmas markets across the UK, Europe and beyond, recently launched its latest site release in perfect time to help visitors plan for the 2009 Christmas market season.

Since the inception of Christmasmarkets.com in 2006, the site has grown in tandem with the overall growth of the festive market sector. Today, the unrivalled site offers visitors valuable advance information on over 400 markets held in 22 countries between November and December, including events across the UK, the rest of Europe and even as far afield as Japan, Canada and the USA. Last year, over half a million people visited Christmasmarkets.com to locate their event of choice, highlighting the increased level of interest in these unique events. For 2009, the site features over 150 events in the UK alone, which include traditional season craft markets incorporating French, German or Italian traders, with venues ranging from town centres to stately homes. Equally as popular as the ‘home-grown’ markets are Christmas markets across the English Channel. In particular, events in Germany, France and Belgium, provide the ideal opportunity to combine budget-friendly festive shopping trips with a relaxing weekend break either by Eurostar, ferry or air. Many other European countries have adopted the Christmas market tradition, including Krakow in Poland, Prague in the Czech Republic, Budapest in Hungary and of course the Swiss markets, notably Basle which is popular with German, French and UK visitors alike. Comprehensive listings on these markets and many more can be found at www.christmasmarkets.com. The easy-to-use site presents information in a user-friendly format, with two styles of market listings available. The basic listings detail the location and dates of each market by country while the enhanced event profiles allow visitors to access full page features with detailed market descriptions, including open times, ticket prices, and transport tips. The latest version of the site, released in August 2009, now offers visitors the opportunity to not only effortlessly locate their market of choice but also search for holiday deals, hotel accommodation and travel information. New for 2009, Christmasmarkets.com users can register to receive message alerts flagging notification by market organisers of important event date or timing changes. Due to its unrivalled network, all information provided is sourced direct from market organisers and tourist boards across the world, ensuring that all reasonable efforts have been taken to present users with up-to-date event details. Visitors can even review their favourite Christmas market and also sign up to receive regular e-newsletters, covering the latest market trends, useful information and special offers. From the website, Donna Kingsley said: “Christmasmarkets.com is the leading and unrivalled independent website for Christmas market related information. Featuring the most comprehensive listing of Christmas markets across the UK, Europe and even further afield, the site has rapidly become a major resource and one-stop portal for trade members, market traders, and the media alike – reinforcing the broad reach of the site. “We are constantly developing the site in line with demand from our users and the latest release makes it even easier for consumers to locate their chosen festive markets, make travel arrangements and book hotel accommodation in one easy visit.” Photography – please click on the thumbnail links at the bottom of this press release to download images. -Ends- Notes to Editors Christmasmarkets.com was created in 2006 by the Croydon-based company Fathom Business Solutions. Since then it has rapidly become the number one industry site. In 2008 the site attracted 500,000 unique users and 1.5 million page views. For further information visit www.christmasmarkets.com or email press@christmasmarkets.com New Media Site - Visit the new Christmasmarkets.com Media section where journalists can find the latest industry and site news and download copyright free images for editorial use only. Simply log on to http://www.christmasmarkets.com/press.aspx Username: christmas Password: press Media or publishers utilising Christmasmarkets.com to build editorial features are requested to list www.christmasmarkets.com and suggest that their readers access the site direct to plan their Christmas market trips. Contact Details Emma Spearing, Hazel PR Tel: +44 (0)1202 862411 Mobile: +44 (0)7736 341828 Email: emma.spearing@hazelpr.com

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