“Tackling Climate Change” – Project wins 2nd prize at the German Tourism Award 2022

The 2nd prize of the jury of the German Tourism Association (DTV) goes this year to TourismusMarketing Niedersachsen GmbH. "The adaptation strategies for tourism in Lower Saxony are a trend-setting initiative of a state tourism organisation that takes a structured look at the consequences of climate change on tourism and sensitises and supports travel regions and service providers with a remarkable range of tools," said Norbert Kunz. "An important process has been initiated here, because the question has long been not whether climate change will affect German tourism in particular, but how and where." In addition to preparatory online workshops, four regional conferences have been held in the near past, at which the respective local actors were able to present topic-related practical examples. Now the final conference will take place at the beginning of July. […] Read more

Wadden Sea Tourism Radar

Together with the WWF, the NIT has developed the "Wadden Sea Tourism Radar" as a component of the Interreg project PROWAD LINK: a guideline that supports locations in making tourism development in the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site sustainable and nature-compatible and in identifying undesirable developments at an early stage. […] Read more

AIR – AI-based recommender for sustainable tourism development

The development of processes based on artificial intelligence is intended to equalize and manage visitor flows in the future. This will provide sustainable tourism with a further opportunity to identify any clusters of visitors that may arise and the resulting congestion of popular travel and excursion destinations at an early stage. Using the information, visitors […] Read more

Smart Destination in NRW’s major protected areas (Großschutzgebiete)

For both tourism providers and visitors, the coordinated guidance of visitor flows has advantages – and is an essential factor in reconciling tourism and nature conservation. Tourismus NRW has therefore commissioned the NIT to examine what possibilities there might be for new types of environmentally sensitive guidance systems in the Eifel National Park region and […] Read more


The Ministry of Economics, Transport, Labour, Technology and Tourism of Schleswig-Holstein has commissioned a systematic inventory analysis of the public tourism infrastructure on the Baltic Sea coast and its resilience to exceptional weather conditions, especially storm surges and the predicted sea level rise. Initially, three municipalities are to be examined in depth. […] Read more

Added value tourism Oberstaufen

Tourism is the leading economy of Oberstaufen in the Allgäu. It brings a range of added values to the town for its inhabitants, the regional economy and the municipality of Markt Oberstaufen. However, like many other destinations, Oberstaufen must manage to secure and promote the success, but also the acceptance of tourism and the support for its further development against the background of diverse challenges. […] Read more

Sustainability in holiday travel: Awareness and demand trends and their influencing factors

What role does sustainability play in travel planning of Germans, how sustainable is their travel behaviour practice and how do these two aspects develop over time? These questions are the focus of a research project of the Forschungsgemeinschaft Urlaub und Reisen (FUR). NIT is supporting the project with know-how and personal resources. […] Read more

Climate change and climate adaptation for tourism

On the occasion of the recently completed final report, the Umweltbundesamt, together with the Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit, published a press release highlighting the importance of the study "Folgen des Klimawandels für den Tourismus" (Consequences of Climate Change for Tourism). The NIT published it together with the Potsdam Institute für Klimafolgenforschung and the Alpenforschungsinstitut under the direction of Fresh-Thought-Consulting. […] Read more

Sustainable mobility in Schleswig-Holstein vacation regions

On September 20, 2021, the final event of the project “Nachhaltige Mobilität in schleswig-holsteinischen Urlaubsregionen” (Sustainable Mobility in Schleswig-Holstein Holiday Regions) took place, where results were presented and the approximately 80 participants took the opportunity to network. In addition, a practice-oriented guide was presented, which was created as part of the project and is intended […] Read more