Armin VielhaberHonorary Chairman
During his studies in political sciences (Master’s at Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich) and in charge of long-haul tourism at Studienkreis für Tourismus in Starnberg, Armin Vielhaber has already worked on tourism in developing and newly industrialised countries since the beginning of the 1970s – in the form of research projects, studies, publications as well as development-related information and education (including “SympathieMagazin” booklets, intercultural tour guide training, dialogue projects, international contests). Furthermore, he was engaged in market research, marketing planning, product qualification, and consultancy. His credo: Tourism is more than an economic transaction – Tourism brings people to people. In 1994 he co-founded the Institute for Tourism and Development. From 1994 to 2000 he was its CEO, and from 2000 to 2012 chairman of the board. From 1994 to 2012 Armin Vielhaber was also a member of the board of Forschungsgemeinschaft Urlaub und Reisen, F.U.R. He is a founding member and has since 2005 been vice chairman of the board of the Studiosus Foundation. Since 2012 he has also been a member of the advisory board of RESORT - International Tourism Congress. Since 2012, Armin Vielhaber has been honorary chairman of the Institute for Tourism and Development.