Tourism Competition 2019

Overcrowded destinations, polluted oceans, climate change, loss of biodiversity and cultural heritage… and the sad thing is: Tourism has its share. We only have this one planet. We need to do something! This is your chance, grab it!

This year, we’re excited to add “Responsible Tourism” to the global Entrepreneurship Competition to support innovative ideas and projects in sustainable travel.

Tourism is now one of the major players in ‎international commerce, representing one of the main income ‎sources for many developing countries. According to UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) data, international tourist arrivals are forecasted to reach 1.8 billion by 2030.

Check out the entries submitted to the 1st annual Sustainable Tourism Competition

Best Ideas 

Best Projects 

Participants were invited to submit innovative ideas and projects for the first annual Sustainable Tourism Competition. All ideas and projects with a societal impact that champion and help implement one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were considered (no age restriction).

Let your vision become true!

  • Join the competition (until 31 July 2019)
  • Share your vision, ideas or projects for a more sustainable world
  • Start communicating with the worldwide community of professionals, students and people in tourism destinations
  • Receive honest votes by this worldwide community, and
  • Get awarded by an expert panel


Prizes will be awarded to the first place winners of both the Ideas and Project category.
The prize package includes stage presentations at ITB and BTF 2020 as well as editorial
coverage, newsletter inclusion, social media promotion, consulting, coaching and more! The
total value of each package is more than US$5,000.

The Sustainable Tourism Competition is part of the Entrepreneurship Campus, which, since 2013, has reached and inspired millions of users worldwide and taught them how to solve problems through entrepreneurship by using free online entrepreneurship courses. As a result, tens of thousands of entrepreneurs have been empowered to connect with each other and spread their projects and ideas. The Jury of the Youth Competition is extended by the Tourism experts

Leadership in Sustainable Tourism

The 1st annual Sustainable Tourism Competition is supported by the ITB Berlin, Travel Massive and Berlin Travel Festival under the leadership of Prof. Dr. Claudia C. Brözel.

Travelling is a core culture. It opens the eyes and the heart. I believe that we can find solutions for the main problems of our civilized world if we engage people to think off the beaten track. I am happy that we group together in a strong international network to start this initiative and offer of a worldwide platform to work together to sustain our future with sustainable tourism development.

Prof. Dr. Claudia C. Brözel


As the World’s leading Travel Trade Show® we are aware of tourism’s responsibilities to society as a whole and believe in a tourism development which attempts to sustain human dignity, security, and justice for all actors involved.
We want to actively engage in a dialogue with young entrepreneurs in their efforts to create economically, socially and ecologically responsible tourism products and thus we are proud to be a part of this great new project!

Rika Jean-Francois, CSR Commissioner ITB Berlin



At Berlin Travel Festival we want to inform and inspire about new & different ways of traveling and discovering places. In this regard it’s important to us to set a focus on alternative tourism products, innovative ideas and off the beaten path experiences to shape a sustainable development of the industry and consumer perspectives. Therefore, the sustainable tourism competition will be an interesting platform to exchange thoughts and ideas with forward-thinking entrepreneurs and ideally to integrate them into our concept.

Lydia Band, Berlin Travel Festival 



Traveling is all about discovering beautiful places and people. Since these resources are finite, we have to work together as an industry to protect them for future generations. At Travel Massive, promoting and discussing sustainable travel is very much part of our mission to connect the future of travel.

Lisa Hübner Moreno, Travel Massive 



Do you dream of igniting change through social entrepreneurship in travel?

Join the second round of the Social Entrepreneurship in Tourism Competition – applications will open in summer 2020, so stay tuned!

The Social Entrepreneurship in Tourism Competition is the first worldwide competition focusing on social innovation and entrepreneurship in tourism.