Economy

Hotel
© Robert Wenzel

Tourism is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing economic sectors. Every eleventh job depends on tourism and within every third developing country tourism is the main source of foreign exchange. However, almost half of the people working in tourism work in the informal sector – without contracts of employment and social security – they might be taxi drivers, souvenir vendors or unregistered tour guides. Also, those who are formally employed graft in many cases under exploitative conditions: without paid overtime, little to no breaks and a lack of promotion prospects. No wonder, tourism statistically widens income inequalities in developing and emerging countries   in the long run. We therefore support tourism which reduces inequalities and enables a fair participation for the people.

Filipino Seafarers claim working rights

Faria Anzum - Unsplash
© Faria Anzum - Unsplash

Seafarers worldwide are stuck on their ships due to COVID-19 – among them many Filipinos. They are facing inadequate hygiene measures, financial difficulties and unemployment.

Virtual traveling

virtuelles reisen
© Simon Migaj - Unsplash

Virtual travel experiences can help tourism providers achieve a low income in times of crisis and give access to places and encounters – even without being on site.

The end of the global travel warning in Germany

U-Turn
© Tanner Larson - Unsplash

While most European countries are about to re-start tourism, the German government extended the travel warning for countries of the Global South. What does this mean for the destinations and how can travellers act in solidarity?

Helpers in need

Schutzmasken gegen die Pandemie
© Alin Luna - Unsplash

The platform Ubuntu Beds offers hotel rooms to medical workers in order to reduce the spread of the virus and losses in tourism. An interview with its founder Kim Whitaker.

For a new and just economy in tourism

Empty Road in India
© Sankalp Sharma - Unsplash

In many countries public programmes are trying to stabilize the tourism sector. Against the background of already existing problems of the sector, how can such programmes transform tourism.

Unsustainably Resilient?

Schild ,,we alle be okay - spread hope" an Eingangstür
© Tim Mossholder - Unsplash

Resilience is the new buzz word. It is more than just returning to the old tourism models - which were neither sustainable nor resilient - but to learn from the crises to be better prepared for the next one.

Together In Crises

Titelbild Gemeindebasierter Ökotourismus im Dorf Esfahk
© Matthias Schmidt

Iran is not only fighting COVID-19. Political crises, trade sanctions, environmental disasters and a weak economy are pervasive. How do local tourism initiatives react?

Tourism As A Viable Livelihood?

Resilienz durch gemeindebasierten Tourismus
© Sreejith Nair

Due to the corona-crisis, the tourism industry is facing enormous challenges. The pandemic shows which providers and entrepreneurs are more resilient than others. A report from India.

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 …

Bridging the Digital Gap for Tourism Projects in Cambodia

Interaction between tourists and members of a community-based-tourism project in Cambodia
© Impact Explorer Cambodia

Most community based tourism initiatives in rural Cambodia do not have the necessary skills and conceptual understanding of the digital revolution taking over the tourism industry, yet. What kind of support do CBTs need to go online, stay online and bridge the digital gap?

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