Study on ‚Sustainable Tourism in Austria‘


At the request of the Austrian Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (BMLFUW), Christian Baumgartner was working on a brief study describing the status quo of sustainable tourism in Austria. A differentiated picture is to be drawn up Based on quantified estimates of several indicators relating to environment, economy and socio-culture as well as on an assessment of demand and political support, a differentiated picture is to be drawn up of the prevailing situation. The study was presented at the Tourism Fair Vienna 2015.

It will be finalised with the assistance of Cathrine Schwenoha still on behalf of Naturefriends International.



The EU-project InRuTou aims at developing and testing a set of tools and innovative models for facilitating the development of sustainable tourism in rural areas, specifically in mountainous regions of Italy, Austria, Poland, Romania and the Ukraine. Community consultation processes are fostered, and selected opinion leaders are trained to act as multipliers in enhancing community tourism planning by training existing and new local tourism operators, with various degrees of experience, professional and educational background.

Christian Baumgartner is involved as expert for the IMC FH Krems.

Project development ‚The Burgenlaenders‘ Ways Out‘


For the Protestant Church Augsburg Confession and the Parish of Gols, Christian Baumgartner came up with the project ‚Burgenländische Auswege’ – following in the footsteps of the Protestants during the Counter Reformation.

The people livig in the northern part of Seewinkel regularly walked to Bratislava, where they were allowed to pray and worhsip at the time of the Counter-Reformation.
New tourism products will be developed to provide a first-hand experience of these walks on foot or bicycle.

The rough initial plans for the project will still be made together with Cathrine Schwenoha and Naturefriends International; the final planning and execution will be effected by response & ability.

Brief study ‚Pastoral care in tourism in the context of Austria’s tourism industry‘


For the Pastoral Care Working Group of the Protestant Church in Austria, Christian Baumgartner is preparing an overview designed to correlate the most important Austrian tourism centres with the most vital Protestant parishes, which by tourism standards are most capable of development. The options for a reorientation of pastoral care work in the context of tourism –with the emphasis on sustainable tourism – and the options for the church as provider of cultural values in the tourism region will be embodied in recommendations. In addition, the employment of new media will be critically assessed.

Providing information and advice on mobility management in Austrian tourism


Christian Baumgartner is a member of the consortium in charge of ‘Mobility Management in Tourism, Leisure Time and for Young People’ under the klima-aktiv mobil consultancy programme. Facilitating innovation workshops, contacting destinations and new target groups, such as booking platforms are among the main tasks during the current consultation stage.