Sustainable tourism development

Sustainable tourism is more than just environmental protection or growth stimulation. It is ‘ethically, socially and culturally adapted with a long-term perspective, i.e. in relation to today’s as well as future generations, as well as economically stable, purposeful and profitable’ (forum environment and development, 1999).

For a sustainable development of tourism it is crucial that economic, social and ecological perspectives are not considered in isolation, but are integrated with each other. Such an integrated approach is the most likely to avoid or overcome unnecessary and resource-draining conflicts between different stakeholder groups and to maximise the use of potential synergies.

The NIT advises tourism stakeholders on how to achieve more sustainability in tourism, develops projects together with stakeholders, moderates discussion processes and develops methods and concepts for support.

Contact: Wolfgang Günther

Report "Finding sustainability information for holiday travel (FINDUS)"

UPCOMING Dates and events


On the occasion of the 13th Global Forum on Tourism Statistics in Cusco, Peru, Ulf Sonntag is talking about "How much is too much? Assessing the demand, economic impact and perception of 'sharing accommodation' in tourism destinations".

28.-30. November 2018
Cusco, Peru
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At the Label Day 2018 of the Swiss Tourism Association (STV), Martin Lohmann will speak under the title "Experience²" about the significance of holiday experiences, about the psychological and social backgrounds of the experience claim and what practical consequences this can have in product design.

29. November 2018
Frutigen, Schweiz
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