In our various projects we critically and constructively deal with the opportunities, risks, and responsibility of tourism development.




The winners of the TO DO Award 2022 and the TO DO Award Human Rights in Tourism 2022 are: Himalayan Ecotourism – an Indian Trekking-Project and the Spanish association AGUICAT,  which fights for the rights of licensed tour guides in Catalonia.

The TO DO Award Ceremony 2022 was a success. People from all over the world logged in to follow the Ceremony. If you have missed it, click here to watch the recording.

The panel discussion The Forgotten Majority – Informal Workers in Tourism was a joint event of Studienkreis with Roundtable Human Rights in Tourism, Brot für die Welt / Tourism Watch and ECPAT. The recording link will be provided soon.

What we do

For 25 years, the Institute for Tourism and Development has been a pioneer in eco-friendly and socially responsible tourism. It does important work in the fields of information and education: Apart from the SympathieMagazin series, consisting of booklets on different countries, religions and topics, it publishes a series of research papers ("Schriftenreihe für Tourismus und Entwicklung“) as well as various publications and research papers. Furthermore, the Institute is engaged in consultancies and organises training seminars for staff in tourism: the “Intercultural Tour Guide Qualification“. It conducts international contests such as the ”TO DO Award“ and  “TO DO Award Human Rights in Tourism".. With the event formats “Ammerlander Talks“ and “ITB Interjections“ it promotes dialogue in tourism. The Institute for Tourism and Development is a registered not-for-profit organisation working independently.


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