ITB 2016


A successful ITB 2016 is over. Christian took part in two interesting panel discussions:

Futouris organized the panel about 'Tourism and Development Cooperation', opened by the German Minister for International Cooperation, Gerd Müller. At the panel the top representatives of German tourism: Hasso Von Düring (futouris), Michael Frenzel (BTW), Norbert Fiebig (DRV), Stefanie Berg (Thomas Cook), Thomas Ellerbeck (TUI Group), Sören Hartmann (DER Touristik) - and Heinz Fuchs (Tourism Watch) and Christian Baumgartner for civil society and academia.

The Upper Austrian Tourism Board organised a panel discussing new trends in tourism,  mobility, slow tourism, and others. With political and industry representatives and the sociologist Prof Girtler.

Pictures: futouris; OberÖsterreich Tourismus / Herbst

Honorary Professor for Christian Baumgartner


Christian received the title as Honorary Professor (FH) from the IMC FH Krems (Austria)

After 12 years of teaching as external lecturer and several EU projects together, the IMC FH Krems collegium decided to value this dedication with the title as Honorary Professor (FH) within a solemnly celebration act.

Pictures: IMC FH Krems

Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism Offers


The Guidelines 'Sustainable Tourism Offers' (only German) are ready. Christian was member of the advisory board, that analysed from 2012 to 2015 together with the university of applied science Luzern (CH) and the destinations Arosa, Scuol Val Müstair, Interlaken, Luzern and Entlebuch how sustainable tourism offers could be developed and marketed. One of the results is the publication of the Guidelines 'Sustainable Tourism Offers' (German only), which should also support other holiday regions with a successful sustainability management. Download of the guidelines in the download area, further information at the website

Destination management in the Entlebuch (CH)


Christian Baumgartner held a workshop on destination mangement in the biosphere reserve Entlebuch (CH). Target group were Romanian experts in ecotourism within the  project 'Green Jobs for Green Destinations'. Together with CIPRA Schweiz, AER (Association of Ecotourism Romania) and ProPark the project trains eco-tourism destination managers and  guides and trainers for hiking, mountainbiking, horseback riding, skitouring, kayaking, wildlife-watching and nature interpretation.

Foto: © Andre Blumer

Carbon neutral tourism in Montenegro


Christian Baumgartner sets the second step in a large UNDP project 'Carbon neutral tourism in Montenegro'. On-site he discusses his scenarios for an eco- and climate certification with hoteliers and institutions.

Foto: © NTO Montenegro

Ecotourism training in Transylvania


Christian Baumgartner develops together with CIPRA Schweiz, AER (Association of Ecotourism Romania) and ProPark trainingcourses and -material for ecotourism-destinations in Romania. Aside manager the project will train guides and mulitpliers in hiking, mountainbiking, horseback riding, ski touring, kayaking and wildlife watching / nature interpretation.

Foto: © Christian Baumgartner

Nature Experience in the Kaisergebirge (Tyrol / Austria)


Christian Baumgartner moderated the successful strategy workshop of the Ferienland Kufstein (Tyrol / Austria) for the Kaisergebirge region. Aim is to establish nature experience offers in this mountain valley.
Picture: © W9 Studios / Ferienland Kufstein

Study ,Human Rights in Tourism‘ presented at ITB


At the request of GIZ (Enterprise for International Cooperation), Christian Baumgartner was working on a study on Human Rights in Tourism. Cases that became known in the course of the past 10 years, were analysed with reference to human rights, perpetrators, victims, etc., and existing instruments are tested for their efficacy. With a view to devising recommendations addressed to governments, donor agencies, the tourism industry and NGOs on how to avoid human-rights incidents, a few examples have been analysed in greater detail by way of in-depth interviews and on-site visits.

The outcomes were presented at the ITB 2015 in Berlin.

The present study – still designed for Naturefriends International – was drawn up together with mascontour (Berlin).

Kyrgyzstan project finished


Funded by the European Commission (DG EuropeAid), six decentralised training centres for sustainable village tourism are being set up in Kyrgyzstan. In cooperation with crafts initiatives and an educational umbrella organisation, trainers and train-the-trainers receive demand-oriented coaching.

The final workshops and ceremonies to hand over the certificates to the trainers finalsed the three years project.

The project was completed on behalf of Naturefriends International.