Sustainable Tourism

Travelling to new destinations. Versatility and accountability.

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 travel that is environmentally friendly and socially sustainable.

Sustainable, responsible tourism is very much in demand, but it is hard to find reliable partners.

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 they are 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 (Office Berlin)

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News

 
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.

Product Fact Sheets

 
Product Fact Sheet

Sustainable 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: Brochure

Tips for a responsible traveller

The "Tips for a Responsible Traveller" (2017) brochure highlights those principles of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism directly related to tourists, in order to help guide travellers in making their behaviour ever more responsible.

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Tourism // DRV Brochure

The German travel market 2017

Facts and figures on the German travel market 2017

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Tourism // Brochure

Sustainable Tourism How-to-Kit

How to take the first steps towards becoming a profitable, sustainable and successful tourism company.

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