Dr. Ralf Pastleitner

Tourism is a crucial industry for the European economy and job market – in 2016 Travel & Tourism contributed overall with 10.2% of GDP and 24 million jobs to the EU economy. The European Union, with approximately 500 million international tourist arrivals in 2016, remains the world’s number one destination. Nonetheless, there are many challenges to be addressed if Europe intends to stay on top. These were discussed during “European Tourism Day”, in which ...


Pimp My Ocean is the name chosen for young people as the motto of the German ‘Seas and Oceans’ science year.  Bundestag Vice-President Edelgard Bulmahn invited the 80 schoolchildren from Berlin to visit her at the Reichstag and set up the first Science Parliament. TUI Group was also invited and I had the opportunity to talk to the children about environmental management on cruise ships and present TUI Group’s sustainability projects to them.

There was also an ...

The tourism industry’s contribution to global economic output is often underestimated. Few people are aware that, on a global scale, the tourism sector creates twice as many jobs as the financial sector and almost seven times as many jobs as the automotive industry. The global tourism industry makes a contribution of USD 7.6 billion to world GDP  – also far higher than the contributions from the automotive sector (USD 6.1 billion) and the chemicals industry (USD 6.5 ...

TUI Germany is expecting the last of its guests back from Cuba today. They are returning from a holiday unlike anything they could have ever imagined – severely compromised by hurricane Irma. Unfortunately, in some regions of this badly damaged Caribbean island, it was simply impossible to enjoy a relaxing holiday after Irma had moved on. In situations like this, when a tropical storm leaves a trail of devastation in the Caribbean and Florida, professional safety management is ...

To generate future opportunities for young Moroccans and promote a green way of mobility, TUI Care Foundation and Dutch NGO Pikala – which means bikes in Moroccan street language – join forces. Both organisations will work together to train 90 young Moroccans to become a bike tour guide in their home city, to get in-depth knowledge of bike mechanics and learn the basics of how to run their own bike tour business eventually. 36 of the participants will be employed throughout the ...

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