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Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism in Germany – Development of a Tourism Sustainability Satellite Account

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Environment Agency (UBA), the consortium consisting of DIW Econ, adelphi, dwif-Tourismusberatung, BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung as well as Prof Dr Wolfgang Strasdas and his team from the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development investigated the question of how tourism in Germany can be subjected to a systematic evaluation with regard to its sustainable development.

The result is a first feasibility study for a Tourism Sustainability Satellite Account (TSSA), which is essentially based on the statistical frameworks of the National Accounts (NA) and the Environmental-Economic Accounts (EEA).

Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) – a brief explanation

DIW Econ was responsible for calculating the Tourism Satellite Accounts for Germany and the federal states of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Brandenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Schleswig-Holstein, Saxony-Anhalt and Berlin in cooperation with project partners such as the German Institute for Tourism Research (DITF).

The methodology of the Tourism Satellite Account has been presented by the DITF in cooperation with DIW Econ in the following video.

Tourism as an economic factor in NRW

DIW Econ has for the second time comprehensively examined the importance of the tourism industry in North Rhine-Westphalia based on internationally comparable calculation standards in cooperation with the Institute for Management and Tourism (IMT) at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences and dwif-Consulting.

The central results confirm the growing importance of the tourism industry for NRW. Compared to the study published in 2013, tourism consumption in 2017 showed a nominal growth of 11.6 per cent.

Local spending by Airbnb guests in Germany: impact on value added and employment

Press release:

DIW Econ study: Airbnb travellers spent more than 1 billion euros on local consumption in Germany in 2016

  • Airbnb travellers to and within Germany spent around 1 billion euro on local goods and services in addition to overnight stays
  • Positive impact on employment of more than 18,000 workers
  • Gastronomy and cultural industries benefited in particular