Tourism Policy

Plakat von bebauter Weltkugel auf Wand
© Robert Wenzel

Even today, tourism policy very often is seen location policy. In too many cases it stops at the city or national border: wine regions in South Africa fiercely compete against each other for the attention of travellers and ministers of small countries in the Caribbean outbid each other in attracting tourism investments. This kind of mentality is unreasonable within the globally intertwined tourism sector. From a developmental perspective, it is even dangerous:  unchecked tourism growth does not only accelerate global warming, it also increases global competition for the cheapest labour and the reckless exploitation of resources and culture. We strive for stricter regulation of tourism on the pathway towards sustainability. Local people must actively participate in planning and decision-making processes in tourism.

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.

No Long-Term Plan for Lakshadweep

Insel im Meer
© Anuj Chauhan_Unsplash

A planned tourism project in the Indian Union Territory of Lakshadweep meets with resistance from both local people and the scientific community.

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