Sustainable Tourism

Travelling to new destinations. Versatile and responsible.

Europe is on the move. But tourism is booming on a global scale too.
By 2030, it is estimated there will be 1.8 billion tourists every year. In the process, long-distance travel is becoming more and more popular.

There is major touristic potential in emerging and developing countries.

A warm climate, a wealth of culture, natural diversity – often still intact – and impressive fauna all make these countries attractive destinations. But it is also important to protect these natural resources. This is why many travellers nowadays call for offers that are attuned to the nature, culture and society of the host country. They want trips that are environmentally friendly and socially sustainable.

Sustainable, responsible tourism in great demand, but reliable partners are hard to find.

Tours to Ecuador, Tunisia, and Nepal

The IPD liaises selected tourism companies for the European tourist industry in the partner countries Ecuador, Tunisia and Nepal.

The local enterprises offer diverse products customised for the European market. In designing their offers, they give attention not only to sustainability, but also particularly to the needs of tourists from Europe. All providers have been carefully examined and have been trained on the requirements of the EU travel market.

Thanks to IPD's brokerage, European tour operators can expand their portfolio of sustainable products and unusual destinations. In this way, they lower their costs for the selection and quality control of potential partners. At the same time, they make a substantial contribution to the responsible promotion of social and ecological developments in these countries.

Our partners’ travel offers are tailor-made and distinct from mass tourism. For example, they organise group tours and individual tours for families, singles, best agers, or travellers with disabilities.

  • Cultural or study tours focussing on the language, cities, cultural highlights of the country of destination, etc.
  • Adventure travel like desert expeditions, wildlife observation, etc.
  • Active / sporting travel such as hiking, trekking, diving, cycling, etc.
  • Health, wellness trips or culinary travel
  • Recreational trips such as sun and beach holiday
  • Special needs travel

In promoting sustainable tourism, the IPD supports its partner countries in developing their infrastructures, creating jobs, and increasing incomes. As a labour-intensive segment, the tourist sector makes an important contribution towards sustainable economic development.

Your contact person

Nora Eichkorn (Berlin)

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Expert
Sustainable Tourism
(Ecuador, Nepal, Tunisia)
 

Shakhnoza Kurbanalieva (Bonn)

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Sourcing + Markets
Natural Ingredients (Ukraine, Uzbekistan)
Sustainable Tourism (Uzbekistan)

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Events

FAM Trip // 09.06. - 19.06.2022
 
FAM Trip // 09.06. - 19.06.2022

FAM Trip to Tunisia

Join IPD on a sustainable journey through the hidden treasures of Tunisia.
Meet evaluated tourism providers in Tunisia!


The North African country has much more to offer than its beautiful Mediterranean beaches.

You can look foward to:

  • Nature trip through the green & lush Northwest region
  • Cycling through Cartage’s historical treasures
  • See the arty side of Djerba island
  • Soft adventure and an eco-stay in the mountains of Zaghouan
  • Amazigh culture trip in Tunisia’s Dahar Region
  • and more to discover.

IPD will connect you with an exclusive selection of six carefully evaluated tourism companies who will present their exceptional and sustainable product portfolio.

All Ecuadorian service providers have been evaluated before the pandemic and have been trained on the requirements of the EU travel market. IPD connects you with these reliable tourism companies – independently and free of charge.

Join IPD on this inspiring journey
from 9 to 18 June 2022 (Flight from London) or
from 10 to 17 June 2022 (Flight from Frankfurt)


Receive more information and register here.

For further questions, please contact:

Nora Eichkorn

News

Bonn/Berlin // 05.04.2022
 
Bonn/Berlin // 05.04.2022

Virtual FAM Trip to Ecuador

Import Promotion Desk invites to virtual FAM trip to the land of four worlds
A webinar introduces tour operators to exceptional tourism companies and sustainable offerings from Ecuador.

Bonn/Berlin, 05.04.2022 - The Import Promotion Desk, an initiative of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, invites European tour operators to a virtual trip through the country of the four worlds. The virtual FAM Trip to Ecuador takes place on 5 May from 3.00 to 4.30 pm (CET) and explores the four different nature areas of Ecuador: the rain forest of the Amazon area, the culture and landscape of the Andean highland, the Pacific coast as well as the flora of the Galapagos islands.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 06.10.2021

WTM 2021: IPD introduces Uzbekistan as a new destination

The tourism promotion initiative supports European tour operators in their search for new partners.

Bonn/Berlin, 05.10.2021 – Over 30 travel suppliers from Ecuador, Nepal, Tunisia and now Uzbekistan will be presented by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at the international tour-ism trade fair "WTM - World Travel Market" taking place from the 1st - 3rd of November in London and from the 8th – 9th of November virtually. All IPD partner companies offer sustainable trips, intended to lead tourists off the beaten track to experience cultural, natural highlights destinations in a new way. The tourism promotion initiative has carefully selected these special and highly individual travel offers, prepared the providers for European market requirements and is now presenting them to international travel marketers – both at the WTM exhibition stand in London and at the virtual WTM meetings.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 17.02.2021

IPD presents sustainable travel offers at virtual ITB Berlin NOW!

Free services: IPD brings European tour operators together with reliable partners from developing and emerging countries

Bonn/Berlin, 17.02.2021 - At this year's ITB, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will present its entire tourism offer with 25 travel providers from Ecuador, Nepal and Tunisia for the first time. The travel offers are individual, distinct from mass tourism and particularly consider sustainability criteria. The import promotion initiative, a project of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has carefully selected the tourism companies and is now supporting them on their way to the European market. This year, the IPD's tourism offer is set to grow further, with the inclusion of Uzbekistan as a new partner country.

 

 
Bonn // 24.11.2020

Opportunity for foreign trade: opening up new supply markets virtually

Import Promotion Desk supports companies with virtual fairs and B2B meetings

Bonn/Berlin, 24.11.2020 – The corona pandemic poses challenges for companies worldwide: contact restrictions make international trade relations and the search for new products and reliable suppliers more difficult. Many of the international trade fairs that serve as important contact exchanges have been postponed. Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the import promotion initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has developed a variety of online services to continue its work. In virtual meetings and trade fairs, IPD experts support German and European companies in opening up new supply markets and connect them with selected producers from developing countries and emerging nations.

 
Berlin // 07.02.2020

ITB 2020: Sustainable travel offers from developing and emerging countries

Import Promotion Desk supports exhibitors from Ecuador, Nepal and Tunisia at ITB 2020
Bonn/Berlin, 04.02.2020 – Sustainable tourism offers from selected emerging and develop-ing countries are in the focus of the trade fair presentation of the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at the ITB 2020. The German initiative for import and tourism promotion will present new tour operators from Ecuador, Tunisia and Nepal at the international tourism trade fair, taking place in Berlin from 4 to 8 March. The travel offers particularly consider aspects of sustainability and environmental and social compatibility. They range from ecological tours in the unknown north of Tunisia to bicycle tours in Nepal and the community-based tourism project Yunguilla in Ecuador. Around 20 travel companies from the three developing countries will be represented at the IPD stand (hall 5.2A | stand 113) and at the country stands of Ecuador (hall 23A | stand 110) and Tunisia (hall 21B | stand 216/217).

 
Bonn/Berlin // 29.01.2019

ITB 2019: A wide range of offers for sustainable tourism

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) introduces Ecuador as a nature destination with potential

Bonn/Berlin, 29.01.2019 – Volcanic mountain landscapes, wide beaches, the original Amazon region with its indigenous peoples, the city of Cuenca, certified by “TourCert” as the first sustainable destination of Latin America, and the well-known Galapagos Islands – with its diverse travel destinations, Ecuador’s country pavilion surprises at ITB 2019. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the German partner for sustainable tourism, will be represented for the first time at the leading trade fair for international tourism industry, which takes place from the 6th to the 10th of march in Berlin. The IPD is expanding its activities to the tourism sector and supports tourism professionals from developing and emerging countries in presenting their travel offers on the EU market and linking up with tour operators.

 
Bonn // 25.07.2018

IPD intensifies activities for sustainable economic development

German import promotion initiative is now active in 13 countries and 5 sectors

Bonn/Berlin, 25.07.2018 – Since 2012, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has assisted small-to-medium-sized enterprises in selected developing and emerging counties to ac-cess the European market. In its third project phase, the IPD expands activities to 13 partner countries and five sectors. The IPD supports export companies on the so-called "last mile"– it accompanies producers to the European market, arranges contacts with importers, thereby closing a strategic gap at the interface of development cooperation and foreign trade.

Success stories

 
Success Story

Preparing for a new start in tourism

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) is supporting the Ministry of Tourism in Ecuador (MINTUR) as it prepares to
relaunch tourism in the country. In conjunction with the consulting firm Hotel Resilient, which specialises in risk and
crisis management, the health and hygiene concepts for the tourism sector have been adapted to internationally
valid standards and a concept for hygiene and safety training has been developed. In the first three months, more than
400 Ecuadorian tourism professionals have already been trained; an e-learning program has also been launched.

 
Success Story

Organic fruits from Ecuador

PRODUCER ASSOCIATION SUCCESSFULLY SPECIALISES IN ORGANIC FRUITS

Tierra Orgánica was born out of necessity, but with a clear goal: After a heavy earthquake hit the region, the producers’ assocation was established in 2017 to support small farmers through the cultivation of organic fruit. Around 67 small-scale farmers grow exotic fruits like plantains, passion fruits and pitahayas while respecting organic standards. With the support of Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the young team of Tierra Orgánica has managed to successfully export organic fruits from Ecuador to the EU market: first business deals prove the potential of the products the cooperative has to offer.

Product Fact Sheets

 
Product Fact Sheet

Community-based tourism (provided by CBI)

Europe is one of the largest source markets for trips to developing countries. European tour operators, especially in Northern and Western Europe, increasingly focus on working with sustainable suppliers. To increase their chances on the EU market, tourism businesses in DCs are therefore recommended to implement sustainable practices. The main sustainability requirements of EU tour operators include a sustainability policy, decent working conditions, poverty reduction, conservation of natural and cultural heritage and competitiveness. Although most tour operators do not require sustainability certification yet, it is expected to become more important over the next few years.

Read full document on CBI.eu

Sector information

 
Tourism // Demand Study

IPD Demand Study Tourism Sector in Uzbekistan

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports European tour operators in their search for exceptional touristic products in Uzbekistan and provides contacts to carefully screened, sustainable tourism companies. Special emphasis is placed on the demand side in order to promote beneficial and long-term cooperation. Get in contact with our Sustainable Tourism Specialists for an overview about the great possibilities of Uzbekistan for your touristic product development.

 
Tourism // Product Information

Tourism Product Information for Tour Operators - Nepal

From subtropic jungle to rhododendron covered highlands to glacier capped mountains. All this and so much more can be experienced in Nepal. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports European tour operators in their search for exceptional touristic products in Nepal and provides contacts to carefully screened, sustainable tourism companies. Get an overview about the great possibilities of Nepal for your touristic product development and get in contact with our Sustainable Tourism Specialists.

 
Tourism // Product Information

Tourism Product Information for Tour Operators - Uzbekistan

Rich history and fascinating culture complemented by natural diversity from mountain passes to deserts and oases bring dreams of the Orient to life in Uzbekistan.
The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports European tour operators in their search for exceptional touristic products in Uzbekistan and provides contacts to carefully screened, sustainable tourism companies. Get an overview about the great possibilities of Uzbekistan for your touristic product development and get in contact with our Sustainable Tourism Specialists.

 
Tourism // Product Information

Tourism Product Information for Tour Operators - Tunisia

Tunisia is a country full of unexpected variety. Sandy beaches, Mediterranean flair and desert adventures paired with the cultural history of over 3,000 years can be discovered here.
The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports European tour operators in their search for exceptional touristic products in Tunisia and provides contacts to carefully screened, sustainable tourism companies. Get an overview about the great possibilities of Tunisia for your touristic product development and get in contact with our Sustainable Tourism Specialists.

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