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.

100 issues of the Tourism Watch Newsletter

Ballons
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In 1994, the Tourism Watch newsletter was sent out for the first time, making information from tourist destinations in the Global South available here in Germany. For our 100th issue, we invited our partners to look in the past but also the future with us.

The end of the global travel warning in Germany

U-Turn
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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?

For a new and just economy in tourism

Empty Road in India
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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
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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.

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?

Precious Human Rights

Bunte Surfboards an einer Mauer
© Abigail Lynn on Unsplash

Rika Jean-Francois is in charge of Corporate Social Responsibility at the ITB Berlin and on the Board of Directors of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association Foundation. We spoke to her about the importance of LGBTQI* tourism to countries of the Global South.

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