IKI project at the International Tourism Exchange (ITB)

The hot topics of climate change and environmental protection don't cool down when it comes to holidays - the demand for sustainable tourism is growing rapidly. This will be also evident at this year's International Tourism Exchange (ITB), which is being held from 9 to 13 March 2011 in Berlin. One of the featured projects is supported by the IKI and promotes climate-friendly tourism on the Thai island of Ko Chang.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) is implementing the project on behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The project helps protect the diverse natural landscape and habitats on the island and in the surrounding waters by providing policy advisory services, establishing climate-related planning frameworks for tourism and implementing measures that boost resource and energy efficiency and improve communal waste management. Measuring incurred emissions is also important, as is training travel providers and establishing uniform standards through the use of green certificates. The project is an example of how climate and environmental protection measures can be integrated into tourism planning and management.

Visitors can obtain more detailed information at the Thai Pavillon (Hall 26.B, Stand 221) at the ITB. In addition, the following events featuring Thai experts are scheduled:

Wednesday, 9 March, 15:30-16:30, Thai Pavillon: 'Roof Lounge Talk at the Thai Pavillon - Low carbon and green tourism in Thailand' 

Saturday, 12 March, 12:00-13:00, Hall 10.2 (Culture Convention Lounge): 'The Gulf of Thailand - Climate friendly! The islands of Ko Chang: Destination Development under Climate Change. Thai-German Cooperation in the framework of the German International Climate Initiative.'