Techno-disruptions and travel

On behalf of Tourism Watch, IT for Change analysed, how digital travel platforms and online travel agents are changing the value chain in India. The study sheds light on the effects for micro, small and medium enterprises such as owners of small hotels and homestays or tour guides in the …

The Decolonial Power of Community Tourism

This study focusses on the pedagogical effect of Community Tourism in the Ecuadorian context. Within the encounter between Western tourists and local rural communities, it analyses the potential reflection on structures of Coloniality that these projects can generate. The research draws …

From Volunteering to Voluntourism

From Volunteering to Voluntourism
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Spending some time abroad and experiencing how people live in a different country is an impressive and very enriching experience. After all, travelling contributes to one’s education – and how much more so does a trip that offers insights behind the tourism scenes and makes authentic experiences possible. Commercial tour operators are also increasingly discovering the now lucrative business field travel and “help”. Development-related learning through intensive preparation and follow-up, effective child protection and cooperation at eye-level with local organisations are important criteria for effective and responsible volunteering. But as our research shows, these are far from standard in the sector.

In Deep Water

Tourism is one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors worldwide. It grows intensively in absolute numbers and reaches more and more places around the globe, including ecologically and culturally sensitive areas. The vast majority of global tourism takes place in coastal areas – and especially Small Island Developing States (SIDS) focus on tourism as a strategy for diversifying their economy and fostering economic development. There is an urgent need to assess the effects of tourism on coastal communities and natural resources before its further promotion.

Sustainability in tourism

Sustainability and tourism. A guide through the label jungle
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The arbeitskreis tourismus und entwicklung (akte), Ecotrans e. V., the Naturfreunde Internationale and Tourism Watch at Brot für die Welt have updated the famous „guide through the label jungle“ for the third time. Within the booklet, the standards of the most important 20, of more than 150, touristic sustainability labels are compared.

Transforming Tourism

Tourismuswende Agenda 2030
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In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development UN member states express their commitment to the objective of making the world more just and more sustainable in the next 15 years. A fundamental transformation towards sustainable ways of living and sustainable economic activities is needed in all social, economic and political spheres – including tourism. Tourism has played a part in causing the global problems we are facing today while at the same time having the potential to significantly contribute to solutions.

Fair tourism – A matter of heart and mind

Fair tourism – A matter of heart and mind. Tips for fair travel
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The booklet in a convenient pocket format stimulates reflection and analysis regarding the impacts of tourism and gives practical tips for a fair and socially responsible way of travelling. At the same time, it is humorous and without a moralising undertone.

HDR 2015: Work and Human Development

The new ”Human Development Report 2015“, published by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), describes the positive development effects of work, but also shows that they depend on certain conditions. This also applies to the tourism sector. While work generates income, secures …


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