Impress your colleagues with these fun facts!
When conversation around the coffee machine or business lunch turns to the EURO 2016, boost your football cred with a few interesting facts.
Excitement is building over the EURO 2016 not only in participating countries, but basically anywhere EU football fans gather. This year, it will bring over eight million visitors to the host country, France. Imagine over ten percent of France’s yearly tourism influx crammed into just one month! For business travelers, this means more disruptions, increased security checks and crowded hotels, restaurants and ground transportation. But conversation doesn’t need to be only about the hassles. Here are some fun facts you can use whenever the subject comes up.
France is the veritable home of the UEFA European Championship
Commonly known as the EURO cup, the very first tournament was hosted in France, in 1960. France is also the only host country to hold the games for a record of three times. And the country’s capital is not the only place getting some action - the games will take place across ten cities: Paris, Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Bordeaux, Nice, Lille, Saint Denis, Saint Etienne and Lens. If you’re planning a business trip to any of these cities, check out our blog on the best game plan for business travel during the EURO 2016.
The EURO cup has never been bigger
This year, organizers are expecting to break attendance records. The largest game attendance in the history of the cup was in 1968. Approximately 130,711 people attended a qualifying match between England and Scotland. This year, organizers are expecting even larger crowds since the number of teams has gone up by half from 16 teams last year to 24 this year.
The EURO that almost wasn’t
The level of excitement today seems quite the miracle when you consider that in 1960 the first tournament nearly didn’t happen because many countries were simply not interested in participating. Well, today there is plenty of interest – enough for fans to pay up to € 900 for a single ticket to the finals.
So if you’re planning to travel to France anytime between June 10 and July 10, click here to see the schedule of events. You may want to plan accordingly. Remember, Egencia provides complete travel management solutions and can help make your EURO 2016 trip smoother:
- Stay zen and book a room far from the hassle and noise of fan zones on #HotelsbyEgencia
- Organize your ground transport in advance to avoid long taxi queues
Stay tuned to your @Egencia twitter channel for more travel tips on how to travel well during the EURO 2016. And remember, while business travel can be challenging during the EURO 2016 – it can also be fun! If you find yourself near one of the game cities and want to catch a game, tickets may still be available here.