Trip to Szczecin- the capital city of West Pomerania

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 and its economical impact

                The development of tourism in Germany

                            1970ies, 1980ies and 1990ies


  • The available income of a worker per year: 5.080 Euro
  • Least vacation of 20 days in the year
  • 1970 travelled 32% of the population once a year in the vacation
  • 1973 travelled 50% of the population
  • 1976 it rose to 55%
  • Of this 55% to foreign countries and 45% stay in the same country
  • For the first time, more people travelled in other than the own country
  • Spain was very popular
  • Great Boom of package tours: 1970 only 13% of the trips, at the end of 1970 28%


  • The available income: 10.151 Euro
  • The travel and flight tourism experienced an impetus
  • Germany got the title “Reiseweltmeister” (world travel champion)
  • 2012 the Chinese join the competition
  • The package tours raise to 40%
  • Since 1980 travelled 65% of the population
  • Up to now this value stay the same
  • 1989 travelled 69% to foreign countries





  • The available income: 14.063 Euros
  • Since 1995: Least vacation of 24 days in the year
  • Since the reunification many citizens used their new freedom to travel
  • This led to new records
  • 43,2 million of people travelled
  • Spain was the most popular destination
  • New destinations inspire the younger people and backpacker
  • For example: India, Thailand or the USA
  • A reason for this were the cheap tickets
  • To compare:


  • A ticket to New York: 3.500 Mark
  • This is 77% of the income


  • A ticket to New York: 600 Mark
  • Only 1,2% of the income


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.
















We also need more sustainable tourism to save our planet!

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

  • The German Ministry of the environment, the German federal environment protection agency and the German Tourism Association announced the competition „Bundeswettbewerb 2016/17 “Nachhaltige Tourismusdestinationen in Deutschland“ and about 40 destinations were part of it.
  • Winner: Biosphere Reserve Schwäbische Alb
  • Special prizes: – Sustainable Mobility: Sächsische Schweiz

-biological variety and natural experience: Peeneregion Vorpommern

– Climateprotection, resources and energy efficiency: Nordseeinsel Juist

– visible regionality: Allgäu

Schwäbische Alb

  • Logical, sustainable adjustment
  • Par excellence sustainable tourism of the regional development speeds up à the regional economy and natural associations and tourism associations strengthens, as well as municipalities, enterprises and citizens move in a rope and work together, so that there is a bygone WE – feeling.
  • Appear contagious engagement, what you can see in high-quality products and offers for guests:

– 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

– NestingfacilitiesteachingpathnearbytheinformationcentreLauterbach

– 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



Peeneregion Vorpommern

  • Tourism and nature protection function hand in hand
  • Initiative of the tourism association Vorpommern e.V., Netzwerk Abenteuer Flusslandschaft, HOP e.V., Naturpark Flusslandschaft Peenetal
  • Aim: Nature Protection connected with biological variety, with preservation and a sustainable experience
  • Sustainable offers for guests: Prime example is the „Peenesafari“ in a solar boat. This lighthouse – offer should make biological variety especially experienceable and protects it at the same time. The safari takes place with certified natural leaders and scenery leaders who hold the sturgeon factor for the ecosystem so slightly as possible. One finds out the immediate experience and can observe the open space.
  • Natural experience and environmental education are combined here with regional gourmet cuisine and high travel comfort.


These are one organisation that certifies sustainable tourism attractions and one is a travel agency to specifically search for sustainable travel possibilities.


A lesson plan for a lesson on Tourism (Spanish class)

Here you can find a lesson plan for a double period on Tourism in Andaucía/ Spain.

It is the end of a sequence, in which pupils need to discuss the different perspectives they have come across. The main aim is to learn to discuss from different points of view and to see advantages and disadvantages of tourism in this region.

To communicate in the target language is the priority in this double lesson.

Lesson plan – Tourism

”Global Learning for Mind and Heart” at Jaunpils Vidusskola

Erasmus + project ”Global Education for the Mind and the Heart” at Jaunpils Vidusskola in cooperation with 5 countries – Germany, Poland, Italy, Turkey and Sweden runs from 2016-2019. By dividing the project work in 6 stages, every semester is being devoted to another topic. The first stage, whose theme was “Employment and unemployment”, took place in Poland. The second stage on the topic ”Dance” took place at the Jaunpils Vidusskola in Latvia in the spring of last year. The third stage, which took place in Sweden in the autumn of last year, was on the topic ”Migration”. From 9- 13 April, students and teachers of Jaunpils Vidusskola participated in the 4th stage of the project, which was about the topic ”Tourism”. This stage took place in one of the Italian regions in the heart of the Mediterranean, in Sardinia, in the city of Bosa. Our school was represented by two 11th grade students and three teachers.  Before going to Italy, there was done homework – a presentation on tourism in our country, district and school.

The trip started on April 8 but the destination was reached on April 9 at. 01.30. Then an hour drive to the hotel on the winding and hilly roads in the dark. We went to the Mannu Hotel, where students were welcomed by the host families and went home together, but the teachers stayed at the hotel, and, finally, the first day of the trip was over.

On the first day of the project, we visited several school buildings and watched daily life at school. In the afternoon, along with representatives from other countries, we went to high mountains to see Malaspin Castle and to find out its history. The ancient castle on a high mountain can be seen from any part of the city of Bosa. From the top the view of the city was fantastic! After visiting the castle, we went to the city center, got acquainted with the surroundings, nature and ancient architecture.

The next day, the teachers talked about the next steps in the project and planned future activities for the project. After this work, we all went to the town of Tinur, where we were introduced to the Biodiversity of the island of Sardinia, and the development of tourism. After the presentations, fruit tree grafting was demonstrated and the bravest ones had the opportunity to try it themselves. In the afternoon, we went on a guided excursion to see the Boss Cathedral and the Casa Deriu Museum, where we were told about the processing and former use of wool and skin. After the visit, we went to the reception at the Mayor, where we shared the first impressions about the city, the project and reception.

On the third day of the project we travelled to Makomer, where we went hiking in the forest and its surrounding area with the help of professionals. During the hike, we were told about sustainable tourism in this region. The hike was special by the fact that after the observation of the reserve we climb high mountains which had rocky and steep slopes.

On the fourth day students presented the tourism possibilities in their countries and cities. Each presentation was well-considered and original providing new and interesting information about each country and the tourism industry in it. In the afternoon we went to a school where we were told about the specially protected Sardinian griffins, about their way of life and their protection.

On the last day of the project, we traveled to Alghero, the most popular tourist destination in Sardinia.  We did sightseeing in the city and its surroundings and went to high mountains to enjoy the sun, the wind and the sea. Later we had lunch on the coast of the sea and then we continued our city tour. In the evening, teachers went to formal dinners, during which certificates of participation in the project were presented.

The 4th stage of the project was designed to introduce us to the most beautiful sights and tourism in Sardinia, to tell us about its development and the development of sustainable tourism.  The major benefits the project provides to students and educators is developing of their language skills, the use of languages in real-life situations, expanding their horizons and learning cultural diversity. Such experience develops the ability to adapt, communicate and understand. The opportunity for pupils to live in host families makes them more open, teaches them local culture, lifestyles, students can learn independence and responsibility. International cooperation enables teachers to exchange experience, knowledge, new impressions, and to gain motivation for future work.


Viktorija Krīgerte – teacher of Jaunpils Vidusskola