Culture and Religion

Stone Statues in Myanmar
© Robert Wenzel

“Getting to know the country and its people” is a central motive especially when travelling to countries of the Global South– spiritual travel offers are booming all over the world. During their holidays, many travellers find the time and tranquillity to visit churches and temples or they visit isolated mountain villages, to learn unique weaving techniques of the indigenous craftswomen. The opportunity to look beyond their own lives changes the perspective on the world. However, there is a fine line between honest curiosity and touristic voyeurism. With Many beg the question, whether they are really desired by the local population or are rather developed for travellers. Our aim is to motivate travellers to experience encounters at eye level and to support community based travel initiatives to gain economic autonomy.

India: On The Way Up

Frauenmeeting
© Dietmar Quist

Trekking guides in India are usually male. But that can change, as this year’s TODO Award winner Himalayan Ecotourism shows.

Europe: No more whitewashing

Bunt gestreifte Wand mit einem Mann davor
© Mario Gogh_unsplash

Baroque splendour makes Europe's metropolises a tourist magnet. What guests usually don't learn is that this prosperity is based on exploitation in the colonies.

Brasil: Postcolonial Bahia

Afrobrasilianische Frau am Fenster bei Tag
© Marianna Smiley_unsplash

Tourism in the Brazilian state of Bahia thrives on the cultural heritage of the Afro-Brazilian population. But instead of authentic culture, the streets stage racist stereotypes.

Surf tourism worldwide

Zaun aus Surfbrettern
© Tatonomusic_unsplash

Travelling to surf becomes more and more popular. However, the way the sport is being practiced today is based on a colonial past whose power structures continue into the present.

World Tourism Day 2021

Woman looking through Telescope_Uganda
© Slim Emcee_Unsplash

Since 50 years, the international community celebrates World Tourism Day annually on September 27. We have compiled some statements and demands from civil society networks.

Brazil: Not Yet an Option

Community Based Tourism_CBT_Brasilien_Gemeindebasierter Tourismus
© Araribà Turismo e Cultura

Disrespectful behaviour, waste and noise pollution, lack of interest, and now COVID-19. In Brazil the risks that domestic tourism entails for traditional communities seem bigger than the opportunities.

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