With the aim to support tourism suppliers in their challenge to mainstream sustainable tourism practices, the project ‘Innovative catalysts boosting sustainability in the tourism sector based on examples from Germany’ was supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and was carried out between August 2015 and April 2016.
The project focused on identifying and analysing distinct enabling elements of sustainable tourism initiatives in Germany that have visibly accelerated the shift towards more Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) patterns, with the following specific objectives:
- Identifying and providing an overview of catalytic elements that have successfully supported the shift towards more SCP;
- Increasing awareness of different efforts and the diversity of sustainable tourism initiatives in Germany;
- Mainstreaming the use of the catalysts identified in future sustainable tourism projects and initiatives; and
- Supporting international processes with a specific focus on acceleration of sustainability, such as the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP) Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP).
Because the aim of the project was not to evaluate the level of “sustainability” or “the degree to which sustainability was implemented”, the research focuses on identifying the enabling elements (referred to in the report as “catalysts”’ or “areas of catalytic importance”) found through an analysis of initiatives relating to sustainable tourism in Germany, in order to highlight the diverse efforts made by all types of stakeholders along the tourism supply chain in mainstreaming sustainable tourism development. The findings provide an overview of these catalytic elements that have successfully supported the shift towards SCP in the German market and offer a case and basis for their replication and integration into current and future initiatives in other markets within the framework of the 10YFP STP and beyond.Lire la suite et télécharger le rapport