Ammerland, May 11th, 2007
No. 08b/2007

Getting to know spheres of life and culture:
With the "TO DO! – Contest Socially Responsible Tourism" which has just been announced, the Studienkreis is looking for and will find exemplary projects worldwide

The global community of the TO DO! award winners offers the chance to get to know an impressive diversity of spheres of life and culture. The spectrum of possibilities presented by the meanwhile 28 award-winning projects ranges from the Amazon trip in Peru to the drummer course in Ghana; it embraces Ayurveda in South India just as naturally as encounter programmes in the Near East, environment and nature preservation projects in Mexico or Touareg trekking in the desert of Morocco. And right on our doorstep, in the Austrian Bregenzerwald, gourmets may follow the "cheese route", and simply delight in culinary delicacies. All the award winners are presented and illustrated on the German and English website:

The "TO DO! – Contest Socially Responsible Tourism" organized by the Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung (Institute for Tourism and Development) since 1995, has now again been announced worldwide. The conditions of participation as well as the application form in German or English can be downloaded via Internet ( or requested from the organizer.

The Institute is looking for tourism projects or measures which are already realized and where the interests and needs of the local people have been ensured through participation. Apart from social criteria (involvement in planning and implementation of a project, fair wages, training and further training, measures geared towards safeguarding of culture), also environmentally relevant activities and gender aspects are being considered.

Applications to participate in the "TO DO! – Contest Socially Responsible Tourism" can be forwarded by public and private institutions or enterprises active in tourism. Deadline for application is August 31st, 2007.

For further information please contact: Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V.,
Kapellenweg 3, D-82541 Ammerland, Tel: +49-(0)8177-1783,
Fax: +49-(0)8177-1349, E-Mail:

The Motto of the TO DO!-Contest:
The future of tourism will greatly depend on whether it will develop in a way which is socially responsible towards the people in the destination areas.

Donors of prize money:
The Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism (SST) offers prize money amounting to 5000 Swiss Francs per award winner. The Europäische Reiseversicherung AG contributes another 2000 Euro for the winners.

Supporting organizations:
In addition to the two donors of prize money, this year's TO DO!-Contest is sponsored by:
German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development; The Protestant Churches' Development Services (EED) – Tourism Watch; Messe Berlin GmbH; Studiosus Reisen München GmbH; Vasco – Die gute Reise.

Responsible for the text: Klaus Betz