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Within the framework of the World Tourism Day 2020, The TUI Care Foundation has launched a weekly Web Series, in which experts and field practitioners will engage in dynamic discussions about the latest trends in areas ranging from single-use plastics and social entrepreneurship, to regenerative agriculture and education. Together, we will showcase how the tourism industry is already positively improving livelihoods in destinations around the world and will explore opportunities that exist to multiply the impact of tourism in development work.

Are you passionate about any of these topics? Do you want to learn more about them or understand how tourism plays a role in it? Do you have knowledge and know-how to share with us because you are already working in the field of sustainable tourism and development? Whatever your reasons are, we will be happy to have you on board during these public, online and hand-on sessions. 

Click below to watch the videos of our panel discussions. 

You can choose from eight different panels and topics. 

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Video Recordings

To watch the recording of the panel Tourism Foundations in focus, please click here 

To watch the recording of the panel Reducing single-use plastics in development work, please click here 

To watch the recording of the panel Social entrepreneurship and technology, please click here 

To watch the recording of the panel Social inclusion of indigenous communities, please click here 

To watch the recording of the panel Tourism and regenerative agriculture, please click here 

To watch the recording of the panel The power of tourism education, please click here

To watch the recording of the panel Digital Transformation in Development, please click here 


Tourism Foundations in focus

28. September 14:00 – 15:00 CEST


This high-level panel will put into focus the role of Tourism Foundations and their impact on sustainable development and development cooperation.   

The pandemic has deeply affected the tourism industry and the local communities that depend on tourism to improve their livelihoods. Many lower-income countries have become reliant on tourism for up to 50% of their labour market (WTTC, 2020), therefore the industry needs to grow sustainably while strengthening local resilience.  

Recognising the value of tourism for development, Tourism Foundations support the development of local projects in tourism destinations in the areas of education; livelihoods and entrepreneurship; and nature and wildlife protection. In order to maximize their impact, they engage their global network of industry leaders, public entities, NGOs and travellers.  

The panel will discuss the challenges that have emerged or have been enhanced as a result of the pandemic. The opportunities for a better and more sustainable future will also be explored. 

Participant are invited to ask questions about the role of Tourism Foundations and how they can support destinations in moments of crisis. 


Reducing single-use plastics in development work

6. October 15:00 - 16:00 CEST

Plastic is an 8 million tons per year problem and tourism is a large contributor. It is also one that needs to be addressed within the local context, considering culture and behaviours, resource availability, recycling systems, profitability, and policy. With a focus on small businesses and development work, this panel will share different experiences in different countries.  

The audience will be invited to share solutions and challenges they have faced in their plastics reduction journey. 

Social entrepreneurship and technology

13. October 15:00 - 16:00 CEST

+ 30 minutes discussion after the panel amongst participants

‘Social tourism tech entrepreneurs’ are entrepreneurs that leverage technology to grow and scale their social impact. People and nature are at the heart of what they do, and they want to make a big impact.

This panel will dive into the mind of a social tourism entrepreneur and discuss how they have used technology to overcome challenges and scale their business all while ensuring a profound social impact. Impact, scalability and investments will be addressed.  

Is technology a tool to increase impact, raise funds and measure impact more precisely?  

Social inclusion of indigenous communities

20. October 15:00-16:00 CEST 

 + 30 minutes discussion after the panel amongst participants

Indigenous communities account for 476 million of the world population and are living in over 90 countries (The World Bank), mostly in rural areas. While rich with cultural and environmental heritage, about 15% experience extreme poverty.  

Tourism creates jobs and as more tourists look for authentic and traditional experiences, there is an opportunity to include this marginalised group into the economy. Active engagement and dialogue are fundamental and some suggested recommendations on sustainable development of indigenous tourism are starting to be developed. 

Some communities are already actively participating in the industry and can therefore share their experiences, challenges and the opportunities they see.  

The panel will share their experiences and discuss the way forward for indigenous tourism. 

Tourism and regenerative agriculture

27. October 15:00-16:00 CET
+ 30 minutes discussion after the panel amongst participants


There is an important opportunity for tourism to join the conversation on regenerative agriculture. Regenerative agriculture is at the core of sustainable development because it strengthens resilience of not only food systems but also of social and environmental systems.  

The panel of experts will guide a discussion on regenerative agriculture, why its importance is ever growing and how tourism can play a role in driving collaborative action.

The power of tourism education

3. November 15:00-16:00 CET 

 + 30 minutes discussion after the panel amongst participants


10% of jobs worldwide are in tourism. But securing a job is not easy for everyone. Education and capacity building programmes can create vital career opportunities in tourism destinations, especially for women and unemployed young people in vulnerable, marginalised or rural communities. The TUI Care Foundation has developed a sustainable and replicable solution through its TUI Academy Programme to train students and link them with internships at hotels.

A presentation by one of our graduate students in the Dominican Republic will put the programme into context, explaining the positive impact of the TUI Academy programme on unemployed young people. This will be followed by a panel discussion between two academic partners and a representative of a participating hotel, who will highlight the advantages of a mutually beneficial arrangement and cover the potential of tourism as a driver for inclusion and enhanced livelihoods.

Digital transformation in development

10. November 15-16 CET

 + 30 minutes discussion after the panel amongst participants

Digital technology is a powerful tool for sustainable development in tourism destinations. It helps local businesses access information and new markets, communicate easily with their customers and scale up their operations efficiently. We can already see the benefits of this in areas of development like agriculture, education and finance. But 2020 has brought its own challenges and there's still a long way to go. Now, more than ever, investing in digital technologies can support sustainable development and help communities be more resilient. The panelists will share their experiences in supporting small businesses and communities through information and communications technology (ICT), and other digital technologies, and explore how these might be applied to tourism destinations and communities.

100 Helping Hands Corona Relief Activities

1. December 15-16 CET


The TUI Care Foundation invites you to join a special edition of our Linking & Learning Web Series dedicated to our 100 Helping Hands Corona Relief Activities.

The Corona crisis has brought unprecedented challenges to communities all around the world and it’s been especially difficult for the people whose livelihoods depend on tourism. The TUI Care Foundation’s Corona Relief Programme is working with local communities in holiday destinations during the current emergency situation.

Join us to hear from three organisations supported by the TUI Care Foundation and find out about providing online education in Sri Lanka, offering COVID-19 awareness training in Turkey and distributing food to families in Morocco.