Market tweets Christmas message

By on 05/11/2009 in News

Birmingham's world famous Frankfurt Christmas Market has joined Twitter.

Market organisers will be 'tweeting' about news and events from the 42-day extravaganza which gets underway next week (Nov 12).

Councillors, market staff, traders and visitors will also produce a daily blog giving the inside track on the biggest German Christmas Market staged outside Germany.

And organisers are urging amateur photographers to add their contributions to the coverage by submitting photographs to picture sharing service flickr.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture, said: “The Frankfurt Christmas Market has grown steadily since its launch in 2001 and brings a huge number of visitors to the city.

“This year we thought it would be interesting to try something different and our blog will include contributions from stallholders, officials and visitors. Through Twitter we can quickly remind people about events like the two Family Days on November 14 and December 5 and it makes sense to communicate via every available channel.”

Open seven days a week (10am to 9pm) from November 12 to December 23, the Frankfurt Christmas Market is now a major highlight in the city's calendar and the economic impact has steadily increased.

Last year it attracted a record 2.8 million visitors and boosted the city's economy by £67 million.

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Images from last year's Frankfurt Christmas Market are available to download via the flowing flickr link.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham Michael Wilkes will officially open the 2009 Frankfurt Christmas Market on Thursday November 12 (5.30pm). He will be joined by German Ambassador to the UK, Georg Boomgaarden and German pop star Patrick Lindner.

Birmingham's market is the largest authentic German market held anywhere in the world outside Germany and Austria.

The following stats appeared in the Frankfurter Neue Presse. The table lists the most visited Christmas Markets in Germany. If included, Birmingham would finish fifth with 2.8million but our partners in Frankfurt are predicting the 2009 market will see us matching them at 3million.
1st – Cologne 4 million
2nd – Dortmund 3.5 million
Joint 3rd – Frankfurt and Stuttgart with 3 million each
4th – Munich 2.9 million
BIRMINGHAM 2.8 million
5th – Dresden 2.5 million
6th – Nuremberg 2.2 million
7th – Erfurt 2 million
Joint 8th – Berlin-Spandau and Hamburg with 1.8 million each
Joint 9th – Aachen and Lübeck with 1.5 million each
10th – Braunschweig 0.85 million

For further information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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