Tourism as a development driver

Berlin, 13/05/2019 – Tourism provides around 2.5 million people with jobs in northern Africa alone. It is therefore an important anchor of stability that creates opportunities for the local population. The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) has many collaborative projects with the private sector to promote the more effective exploitation of existing potential for development partnerships. These close alliances are contributing to improving the region’s economic and social framework. Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary State Secretary at the BMZ, attended a joint event hosted by TUI Group and the German Travel Association (DRV), to explain the potential of tourism for development cooperation. He discussed the issue with Thomas Ellerbeck, Member of the TUI Group Executive Committee, and Norbert Fiebig, DRV President.

“Tourism is a fast-growing and employment-intensive industry. It offers vast potential – especially in developing and emerging nations – to improve living conditions for many people, even in remote regions. That’s why the BMZ is currently implementing more than 90 projects in 30 countries around the world – from Ecuador to Tunisia and South-East Asia - promoting sustainable development through tourism. What’s more, a partnership with the tourism industry and its associations is essential to the achievement of our objectives,” said Barthle.

Thomas Ellerbeck provided insights into the TUI Care Foundation’s work and the over 30 projects that are currently underway at 25 destinations. “The tourism industry is one of the fundamental pillars of international development cooperation. The TUI Care Foundation believes that education is the foundation for sustainable development. Our programmes and the TUI Academies provide future opportunities to young people at the destinations. Education schemes for socially disadvantaged children and youngsters make it easier for them to find work in the expanding tourism sector, and raise awareness about the importance of protecting the environment for the development of their homeland,” explained the Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the TUI Care Foundation.