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Ammerland, May 28, 2009
No. 05b/2009


For a Tourism Development Orientated Toward the Future:
"TO DO! - International Contest Socially Responsible Tourism" again calling for entries


At a time when "Corporate Social Responsibility" was not yet a hot topic, the Institute for Tourism and Development (Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V.) initiated the "TO DO! Contest Socially Responsible Tourism." That was in 1995. Now the TO DO! for the fifteenth time is going in search of projects and measures which prove that a sustainable and future-orientated course of action in tourism is possible. Of special importance: The interests and needs of the local people have to be considered and safeguarded through their participation.
The latest TO DO! award winners from Brazil, Peru and Switzerland have once again shown how that is done. They received the awards at the International Tourism Exchange in Berlin (see: www.to-do-contest.org). "The winning projects show", said the Institute's Managing Director Wibke Reger, "that a tourism which is good both for tourists and people who work in tou-rism needs commitment and far-sightedness." Public and private institutions and organisations active in tourism may apply for the TO DO! 2009. The deadline for entries is August 31, 2009. The conditions of participation and application forms in German and English can be downloaded on the internet (www.to-do-contest.org) or requested from the organizer. The winners will be honored at the International Tourism Exchange 2010 in Berlin.

For further information please contact:
Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V.,
Kapellenweg 3, D-82541 Ammerland, phone: +49-(0)8177-1783,
fax: +49-(0)8177-1349, email: info@studienkreis.org

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Responsible for the Text: Klaus Betz


Cooperation Partners:
The TO DO! is supported by:
German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development,
Europäische Reiseversiche-rung AG,
Church Development Service (EED),
ITB Berlin,
Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism,
Studiosus Reisen München.

Donors of prize money:
The Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism (SST) will donate 5,000 Swiss Francs prize money to each award winner.
The Europäische Reiseversicherung AG adds another 2,000 Euro for the award winners.

Award-winning projects so far from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Gambia, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, The Gambia and Venezuela. See also website in German and English: www.to-do-contest.org