Meeting with the Georgian Minister for agriculture


Meeting with the Georgian Minister for agriculture. Being in Tbilisi in behalf of the Austrian Development Agency to prepare a project on mountain tourism and organic agriculture. Together with Kurt Luger, Lela Khartishvili and David Bedoshvili.

UNWTO closing ceremony for the International Year 2017 of Sustainable Tourism for Development


Attending the UNWTO closing ceremony for the International Year 2017 of Sustainable Tourism for development in Geneva / CH. The last part ('for development') is often forgotten (even in one of the welcome speeches here), but it is not about tourism per se, it is about its contribution to the SDGs. The HTW Chur was the only educational partner of the IY2017.

Website: 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

7. Vorarlberger Convention Forum in Bregenz / AT


The 7th Vorarlberg Convention Forum was organized by Convention Partner Vorarlberg in the Festival House Bregenz. Based on the values of hospitality, regionalism and sustainability, six tourism experts - including Christian Baumgartner - designed specific workshops and discussed on the podium.

Article in 'Wirtschaftszeit' (German): 7. Vorarlberger Convention Forum: Wie der Reisetourismus die Tagungsbranche inspiriert

Video (German): 7. Vorarlberger Convention Forum

Workshop on the World Tourism Day and the IY2017


On the occasion of this year's World Tourism Day on "Sustainable Tourism - A Tool for Development", representatives of regional politics, tourism associations and companies from 15 regions from Austria, Germany and Switzerland met at Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna.

Invited by the Federal Ministry for Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) in co-operation with the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Swiss State Secretariat and accompanied by the MODUL University Vienna - and Christian Baumgartner - the topics sustainable growth (employment, infrastructure, Innovation), resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change as well as cultural assets and natural heritage at the center of the event.