Volunteering abroad is increasingly becoming a touristic product. How does sustainable and responsible voluntourism look like? We spoke with Laura Jäger of Tourism Watch, a desk at Bread for the World.
In our various projects we critically and constructively deal with the opportunities, risks, and responsibility of tourism development.
What we do
For 25 years, the Institute for Tourism and Development has been a pioneer in eco-friendly and socially responsible tourism. It does important work in the fields of information and education: Apart from the SympathieMagazin series, consisting of booklets on different countries, religions and topics, it publishes a series of research papers ("Schriftenreihe für Tourismus und Entwicklung“) as well as various publications and research papers. Furthermore, the Institute is engaged in consultancies and organises training seminars for staff in tourism: the “Intercultural Tour Guide Qualification“. It conducts international contests such as the ”TO DO Award“ and “TO DO Award Human Rights in Tourism".. With the event formats “Ammerlander Talks“ and “ITB Interjections“ it promotes dialogue in tourism. The Institute for Tourism and Development is a registered not-for-profit organisation working independently.
We visit countries far away, but our experiences often remain sketchy. As facilitators between cultures, tour guides play an important role. In “Intercultural Tour Guide Qualifications“ they are being prepared for their multifaceted tasks.
Billions of tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans every year. Tourism is both a culprit and a victim at the same time. An interview with Martina von Münchhausen of WWF.
The certification organisation for sustainable tourism TourCert certifies travel and tourism enterprises and destinations worldwide with regard to their economic, ecological, and social responsibility. In our interview, CEO Marco Giraldo explains key aspects of this kind of certification.
Many tourists would like to travel in an eco-friendly and socially responsible manner. What can policy makers, the travel and tourism industry and customers do in order to get tourism on track to become more sustainable? We spoke with Harald Zeiss, Professor for Tourism and Sustainability at Harz University of Applied Sciences.
The new possibilities of the virtual world pose challenges to conventional sales. Thomas Bösl, executive director of rtk International, an international cooperation for travel agencies, and spokesperson of the Quality Travel Alliance (QTA), explains the key characteristics of travel agencies.
Online booking portals and social media are revolutionising the tourism sector. Not just the young generation of travellers make use of digital channels. How can this transformation be organised? We talked with Michael Buller, chairman of the Association of Internet Travel Sales.