New invitation to participate in the international competitions TO DO! and TOURA D’OR

| June 23, 2012


ITB Berlin supports both competitions and the winners will be honoured at the world’s leading travel trade show.

Berlin, 22 June 2012 – The “TO DO! – Competition for Socially Responsible Tourism” has been announced throughout the world for the 18th time in 2012 by the Study Group for Tourism and Development (Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V.). The competition is open to companies as well as to public or private institutions whose tourism activities meet the interests and needs of the local population in an exemplary manner.

The “TO DO!” competition aims to show how important it is for people to be able to have their say and that their role in tourism is not just an economic one. Many different factors can contribute to starting the self-determined, sustainable development of destinations. To achieve this goal, tourism concepts must be worked out, opportunities and risks weighed up and development issues linked with environmental aspects and social responsibility. The “TO DO!” winners will be chosen by a panel of judges that also includes a representative of ITB Berlin. The world’s leading travel trade show is supporting this competition. The winners will be honoured after an on-site inspection at ITB Berlin in March 2013.

The international “TOURA D´OR – Film Contest for Sustainable Tourism” has been organised every other year since 1990 by the Study Group for Tourism and Development (Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V.) and is aimed at producers, directors, editors and the commissioners of films related to tourism – whether professionals or amateurs. The German Human Rights Film Prize (Deutsche Menschenrechts-Filmpreis) has been secured as an additional cooperation partner of “TOURA D’ OR”.

After selection by a panel of judges, prizes are awarded to productions which champion socially responsible, environmentally compatible and therefore sustainable tourism. Entries are accepted for films in German or English which have been completed between the beginning of 2010 and the end of 2012. Productions available on the Internet are being accepted for the first time. The “TOURA D’OR” awards ceremony takes place during ITB Berlin 2013 and is also supported by ITB Berlin.

The websites www.to-do-contest.org and www.tourador-contest.org have detailed information in German and English about the competitions and all previous “TO DO!” winners and recipients of the “TOURA D’OR” (including short film clips). Conditions of participation and application forms are available for downloading.

The application deadline for “TO DO!” 2012 is 31 August 2012.

The application deadline for “TOURA D’OR” 2012 is 30 September 2012.

Further information about both competitions is available from the event organiser: Studienkreis für Tourismus und Entwicklung e.V., Bahnhofstrasse 8, 82229 Seefeld, GERMANY, Tel: +49-(0)8152-999010, Fax: +49-(0)8152-9990166, Email: info@studienkreis.org.

“TO DO!” cooperation partners:

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst e.V., ITB Berlin, Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism, Studiosus Reisen München GmbH.

“TO DO!” prize money donors:

The Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism will award 5,000 Swiss francs to each winner.

“TOURA D’OR” funding organisations:

Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, ITB Berlin

Non-commercial supporters:

German Human Rights Film Prize, Evangelischer Entwicklungsdienst e.V., Gemeinnütziges Bildungswerk Nord-Süd-Netz des Deutschen Gewerkschaftsbundes e.V., Integration Commissioner of the Federal State of Brandenburg, Conference of Regional Film Services, International Friends of Nature/respect, Staff Office of Media in the Archdiocese of Cologne

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