Ammerland, May 5th, 2008
No. 06/2008

Socially Responsible - Sustainable - Future Capable
With its two contests, the TO DO! and the TOURA D´OR, which have again been announced world-wide, the Studienkreis propagates a responsibly conceived tourism development.

The TO DO! award winners from Australia, Mexico and South Africa who were honoured during the International Tourism Exchange (ITB) in Berlin in March 2008 show once more: Socially responsible action and earning money must not be a contradiction in terms. This is also documented in the award rationales which have for many years been elaborated by experts on behalf of the Studienkreis. One of the outstanding features of the TO DO! contest is also the following procedure: Applications having passed the stringent jury procedure are then scrutinized at site and are only declared award winners if the expert pronounces a positive judgement.
A detailed presentation of all the 31 TO DO! prize-winning projects on five continents can be found on the German and English website The conditions of application as well as the application form for the TO DO! contest which has been taking place every year since 1995 can be downloaded from this site. Applications can be forwarded from enterprises as well as from public or private institutions active in tourism. Deadline for the TO DO! 2008 Contest is August 31st, 2008.

Award-winning projects so far from:
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nepal, Nicaragua, Palestine, Peru, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia and Venezuela.

Donors of prize money
For the TO DO! 2008, the Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism (SST) will donate 5,000 Swiss Francs prize money for each award winner. The Europäische Reiseversicherung AG adds another 2,100 Euro for the award winners.

Cooperation Partners
- with the TO DO!: German Federal Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development, Europäische Reiseversicherung AG, Church Development Service (EED), ITB Berlin, Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism, Studiosus Reisen München, Vasco Antalya.
- with the TOURA D´OR: see:

The "TOURA D´OR – Film Contest Sustainable Tourism" which has been organised since 1990 pursues almost the same objectives. Every second year it addresses professional filmmakers, producers and agencies commissioning tourism-relevant films here in Germany and abroad. Awards are given to local and foreign productions which stand for a socially responsible, environmentally compatible and therefore future capable tourism. All TOURA D´OR prize winners are documented on the website dokumentiert. Dort können auch kurze Filmausschnitte (streams) which is drawn up in German and English. Short streams can also be seen there, and the conditions of participation and application forms can be downloaded. Accepted are contributions in the format VHS/PAL or DVDs with a sound-track in German or English and which have been produced within the period 2006 to 2008. TOURA D´OR 2008 deadline: September 30th, 2008.

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

Responsible for the text: Klaus Betz