Very early in the morning, we gathered outside the school. The students were already in place waiting for us. The headmistress welcomed us and we went for a tour around the school and visited a few classes and even in teachers’ room. Then we ate lunch in the school’s dining room and then we headed for a very famous chocolate factory, Peters. There we learned all that is to know about chocolate, and then we had to let the imagination flow and create our own produce of the good fruit that the Mayan Indians taught us to appreciate.
During the whole last school year we had a regional club functioning in our school. Our geography and history teachers were working with the students on many aspects connected with our region. The pupils were learning about its history, traditions and geographical features. As the last task they chose to see its beauty by themselves. The students went on a trip to see the regional attractions such as the ruins of a medieval castle in a village Stare Drawsko, picturesque scenery of a health resort Polczyn Zdroj and loveliness of natural landscapes of Drawa Lake District. Everyone had a great time, especially dressing up as medieval knights and ladies gave the students a lot of joy. It was a good lesson for students to learn that touristic attractions might be found nearby as well.
On Monday 18th June we visited the capital city of our region Szczecin. It is the largest city of West Pomerania and full of touristic attractions and rich history. First we decided to have some fun and experience adventure at the FUN-JUMP Park. It turned out to be extremely tiring but absolutely exciting. No wonder it is one of the most visited attractions in the city. Next there was time to explore the history of Szczecin. We saw the Szczecin Underground Routes. We learned a lot about the World War II, the damages that were done to this industrialised city and the time just after the war when Polish migrants were coming from other parts of the country and the regions which used to be Polish territories before 1939. At the end of our trip we went for a walk around the city admiring the beautiful architecture of the city. It was a great day for all of us!
The development of tourism in Germany
1970ies, 1980ies and 1990ies
The Economic Impact of Germany’s Tourism Industry
Impact on income
→ The production of the goods and services that tourists in Germany consume generates a gross value added of 97.0 billion euros (direct effect) in 2010. (4.4 % in total gross value added of Germany)
→ The total contribution of tourism to gross value added in Germany increases to 214.1 billion euros
Impact on employment
→ The production of goods and services that tourists in Germany consume generate employment for 2.9 million persons (direct effect). This corresponds to 7.0 % of all employed persons in Germany.
→ The total contribution of tourism to employment in Germany increases to 4.9 million persons (indirect effects).
Accordingly, the total contribution of tourism to employment in Germany increases to 12.0 %.
The macroeconomic context of these results is as follows:
→ The direct contribution of tourism to gross value added (4.4 %) is similar in magnitude to that of the construction sector (4.3 %), the education sector (4.6 %) or the professional and technical services industry (4.6 %). Gross value added in the automo-
bile industry or in the banking and financial ser-
vices sector (both 2.5 %) is smaller.
The direct contribution of tourism to employment in Germany (7.0 %) is of similar magnitude to the retail sector (9.2 %) and the education sector (5.9 %). Other sectors, such as construction (3.0 %) or machine building (2.6 %), contribute less.
One group has researched sustainable tourism and in how far we German people try to integrate it into our touristic program!
Sustainable Tourism in Germany
– Climateprotection, resources and energy efficiency: Nordseeinsel Juist
– visible regionality: Allgäu
– Courts typical for nightmare, the ”biosphere host”
– Exploratory expeditions of the ”biosphere ambassadors” by the living spaces of UNESCO – biosphere reserve
– ”ALBGEMACHT” as the regional brand which promotes biological variety and recipes
– 2 view telescopes in the biosphere reserve
– Local authority districts and biological variety: Exemplary conversion of nature protection measures with accompanying public relations in various towns
These are one organisation that certifies sustainable tourism attractions and one is a travel agency to specifically search for sustainable travel possibilities.