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ITB Tourism For Sustainable Development Day

Category
Destinations, Wellness

Date
March 8, 2018

Time
15:00 - 17:45

Location
Convention Hall 7.1a, Auditorium New York 3

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Cooperation for sustainable development through tourism:

For the second time, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is organising the ITB Tourism for Sustainable Development Day as part of the ITB Convention. Developing countries and emerging economies are increasingly exploiting their potential for tourism, and the importance of tourism in development cooperation is growing, as is evident from the range of joint measures launched over the past year by the tourism sector and German development cooperation.

Given its importance in the global economy, tourism has a vital part to play in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The United Nations cites tourism in a number of its Sustainable Development Goals and highlights the role that the tourist industry can play in achieving these goals. Cooperation between the public sector and the private sector is a particular focus of interest. How can political and business goals be brought together to make a practical contribution to sustainable development? What specific contributions can German and European tourist organisations make towards achieving the aims of the 2030 Agenda? And how can the tourism industry and development cooperation work together meaningfully?

Hosted by:

Andreas Wurm, Journalist (rbb, NDR)

Events

15:00 - 15:20

Keynote Speaker:
Hans-Joachim Fuchtel MdB, Parliamentary State Secretary, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Developing countries represent some of the most popular cruise destinations but many fail to make full use of the substantial economic opportunities this brings. Handling large numbers of passengers and the environmental pressures caused by waste, waste water and shore excursions also often test these countries’ capacity to the limit. Meanwhile, ecosystems popular with tourists, such as coral reefs and mangrove forests, are coming under increasing pressure. As part of its 10-point Plan of Action for Marine Conservation and Sustainable Fisheries, BMZ organised a round table with civil society and cruise companies and, in May 2017, launched a pilot project to support local authorities, NGOs and cruise companies along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in developing a sustainable destination management.

This session will present and discuss the initiative’s activities so far and the results.

Moderated by:
Andreas Wurm, Journalist (rbb, NDR)

Panel guests:
Franziska Eckhard, Senior Policy Officer, Division 310 „Environment, sustainable use of natural resources and biodiversity“, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Javier Pizaña, Director Local Government of Cozumel, Mexico
Prof. Dr. Harald Zeiss, Professor for Sustainable Tourism, Harz University of Applied Sciences, Chairman, Futouris e.V.
Martina von Münchhausen, Expert on Tourism, WWF Germany

About one person in ten around the world works in an area directly connected with tourism, making the sector one of the most employment-intensive industries in the modern world.

Two current case studies demonstrate how German development cooperation and the private sector are working together to devise ways of promoting employment in tourism. Since the end of 2017, the develoPPP.de programme has facilitated cooperation between BMZ, Thomas Cook Deutschland and Futouris e.V. to promote practical and sustainable training in hotels and hotel training institutes in Tunisia. The ‘lab of tomorrow’ represents an alternative approach and is run jointly with TUI AG. In early February 2018, tourism experts from various countries and representatives of a wide range of sectors met in Egypt to come up with business ideas to help improve the supply and quality of skilled staff in Egypt’s tourism sector.

Introductory presentation:
Dirk Schwenzfeier, Commissioner for the Private Sector and Local Authorities, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Moderated by:
Matthias Leisinger, Consultant for CSR and Sustainability in Tourism, focusright ltd., Leisinger

Panel guests:
Stefanie Berk, Chairwoman of management board, Thomas Cook Touristik GmbH
Christoffer Brick, Senior Manager Private Sector Cooperation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Ahmed Farrag, Head of Operations, TUI Hotels & Resorts

The MENA region, especially Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia, is a popular destination for many German and European tour organisers. The political turmoil of the ‘Arab spring’ and the aftermath of terrorist attacks in the region have had a major impact on tourism, yet the sector – and the importance of these destinations to the tourist industry – remains crucial to the region’s economy.

What direction will tourism take in the region in future? How can Europe’s tourism industry help? In which areas is development cooperation working in the region? And what scope is there for synergies that will achieve positive results for all parties? Representatives of Germany’s tourism industry and regional development cooperation experts will be exploring these issues.

Keynote:
Bettina Horstmann, Head of Division “Policy issues of development cooperation with MENA”, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Moderated by:
Dr. Axel Klaphake, Head of Directorate „Economic and Social Development, Digitalisation“, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Panel guests:
Bettina Horstmann, Head of Division “Policy issues of development cooperation with MENA”, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Dirk Inger, CEO, German Travel Association (DRV)
Jörg-Michael Rösner, Head of political communication, Federal Association of the German Tourism Industry (BTW)
Dirk Schwenzfeier, Commissioner for the Private Sector and Local Authorities, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Slim Tlatli, International Consultant, former Minister of Tourism & former Minister of Employment and Professional Integration of Youth, Tunisia

17:45 - 17:55

Speaker:
Dirk Schwenzfeier, Commissioner for the Private Sector and Local Authorities, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)