In April 2011 a two day Expert-Symposium on "Climate Change and Tourism in the Alps" took place at Munich University of Applied Sciences. The symposium dealt with the practical application of research results and adaptation strategies for tourism destinations in the alpine space.
The ClimAlpTour-team of Innsbruck University conducted various climate change workshops in its three pilot sites:
The results of these workshops are now available for download:
Tourism Symposium at Munich University of Applied Sciences sheds light on how visitors and suppliers in the Alpine region adapt to climate change.
In April 2011 tourism researchers from the German-speaking Alpine countries met at Munich University of Applied Sciences and presented results gained from the EU-project ClimAlpTour. In this context new facts concerning the supply and demand side were introduced. ClimAlpTour aims at strategies on how tourism destinations can face climate change. A total of 17 partners (11 of them research institutes) with 22 model regions from all over the Alps are working together in this project.
Round about 50 experts such as tourism researchers and (local) stakeholders from the field of Alpine tourism attended the symposium conducted by the Department of Tourism of Munich University of Applied Sciences. The researchers showed results from applied research methods used in the project (Delphi-study, source market survey, network analysis and various workshops held in the destinations). On-site experiences were discussed and compared, as Alpine tourism destinations differ in terms of altitude, location, infrastructure, economic wealth and level of cooperation. One of the results addressed to suppliers was rather to optimize the climate impact within the tourism supply than to use climate protection as a sales argument.
The HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil (Delphi-study) as well as Munich University of Applied Sciences (source market analysis) discovered that most of the tourists are not interested in changing their travel behaviour due to climate change issues. While HSR researchers found out that economic incentives should be preferred to regulative prohibition strategies, Munich researchers expect a rather cost-driven adaptation, e.g. by choosing destinations nearby, fewer air trips and less energy-intensive travels. The uncertainty among consumers as well as the gap between awareness and concrete actions was also mentioned by keynote speaker Ron Schmid from BIO-Hotels - his conclusion: "We cannot leave our guest with their uncertain fear. If necessary we have to make the decision for them and just do it."
Within their network analysis the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur assessed "parish-pump politics" as one of the problems in Alpine tourism and called attention to the communication problems between the "big fish" and smaller stakeholder groups. The first round of workshops organized by the University of Innsbruck displayed three totally different initial positions of the participating pilot sites. However, in the second round all three considered "authenticity", "health" and "nature" as promising fields for Alpine tourism development. Further practical approach was presented by the Alpine Research Institute (AFI) which is currently working on an Alpine nature experience park for the community of Grainau. In addition to that the AFI makes a feasibility study for a potential nature park on the Bavarian side of the Karwendel region.
Overall 22 very different model regions are working together in the ClimAlpTour-project. Based on stakeholder- and visitor-surveys, conducted by the Institut de la Montagne in cooperation with the team of Munich University of Applied Sciences, pilot site profiles and product portfolios were created. Within this analysis major differences between summer and winter destinations as well as between the supply and demand-side were discovered.
Professor Dr. Felix Kolbeck work package leader and host of the symposium stated that the focus for Alpine destinations should be on adaptation rather than on mitigation. The guests do not want to make a "climate holiday" but should be addressed by appealing themes like sports and wellness.
According to Professor Dr. Felix Kolbeck the sustainability paradigm of "ecologic-economic-social" equality could be transferred to the tourism market, where it would translate into cost effectiveness (for suppliers), quality of holiday (for guests) and quality of life (for local residents). Johannes Reißland general manager of forum anders reisen e.V. and keynote speaker at the symposium illustrated the approach of sustainable tourism metaphorically quoting an Asian saying: "Using fire you can make soup or you can burn the house. We want to make soup."
All presentations (in German) are available at www.tourismus.hm.edu.
The project ClimAlpTour is funded by the EU-Alpine Space Programme and will be terminated by the end of 2011.
Munich University of Applied Sciences, Department of Tourism
Dipl. Betriebswirtin (FH) Ilka Cremer, Prof. Dr. Felix Kolbeck
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Workshop: Sustainable Snow Production
Friday, April 30th, 2010, 14:00 to 17:00
Raum 32, Operngasse 11/4, A-1140 Wien
PROGRAM as of March 25th, 2010
14:00 Registration & Welcome
14:20 The UNESCO snow classification and why it is important for
snow production (Sergey Sokratov, Moscow State University)
14:40 More snow with less energy (Michael Bacher, BOKU Wien)
15:00 Sustainable snow production: where renewable energy systems
come in (Fred Best, EIS Technogies, Port Talbot, UK)
15:20 The snow of last year: reuse and recycling of snow as
compared to snow production (Sven Knutsson, LTU,
Sweden)requested to be confirmed.
15:40 Learning from the clouds: the formation of snow in clouds
(Irina Melnikova, St. Petersburg State University) requested
to be confirmed.
16:00 Can we produce artificial/technical snow sustainable?
Discussion on “Declaration of a more sustainable snow
(Moderation M. Breiling, TTL)
16:30 Small buffet for our guests, continuation of discussion
We kindly ask you to register before April 27th, 2010.
Meinhard Breiling, Dr.rer.nat.tech.
TU Center of Interfaculty Cooperation
Summer breeze instead of winter blues? In May 2009 the department of tourism at Munich University of Applied Sciences conducted an expert hearing with workshops that served to kick off the EU ClimAlpTour project. About 70 experts from the insurance and finance sector, natural landscape management, NGOs and tourism experienced three top-class lecturers and productive workshops. The hearing showed how climate change is influencing the alpine region and that it can even give wings to innovations. Now the final report is available in English and German.
Facing Climate Change and the Global Economic Crisis: Challenges for the Future of Tourism
University of Innsbruck
Department of Strategic Management, Marketing and Tourism
EURAC (European Academy Bolzano)
Institue for Regional Development and Location Management
HTW Chur (University of Applied Sciences)
20th and 21st of November 2009, Bolzano, Italy
The essential question to be answered at this conference has to deal with the ways in which climate change and the current global and encompassing economic crisis will affect the tourism industry and its stakeholders.