Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt
International Tourism Management



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ITM Master 1. Sem.
10104 Seminar
Current Issues in international tourism management

Wed 11:45-15:30 S21/S19


Assignment paper

Hand-in before July 10th 2019

Paper app. 12 pages





Current issues - Three major debates:


  • Overtourism
  • Role of emerging tourism source markets
  • SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) and Tourism


How do destinations and tourism service providers react to these challenges and opportunities?


3 groups (2x2, 1x3)

Find, summarize, discuss statements of different stakeholders: UNWTO, NTOs, National Tourism Ministries, Tourism Associations, major tourism companies, Overtourism campaigners from 2018 / 2019

Develop forecast / recommendations for next few years


Overtourism: including Denial / Proposals / Actions

SDGs: including Importance given to / Activities / Criticism

Emerging markets: including Importance given to / Activities / Criticism







Introduction Prof. Arlt:

  Tourism Scientist.
  Born in West-Berlin 1957, married to Swiss novelist, no kids
  Living in Hamburg
  Studies in Berlin, Taiwan, Hong Kong
  M.A. Sinology, PhD Political Sciences FU Berlin

  Former owner of specialized tour operator companies
  (Outbound/Inbound East Asia <-> Europe)
  Consultant for European companies (Transport, Logistics) in China
  Organizer of fairs and exhibitions in East Asia and in Europe
  Publisher, bookseller, journalist

  1997-2001 lecturer (Intercultural Management, Tourism) in Europe and East Asia
  2002-2007 professor for Leisure and Tourism Management (FH Stralsund)
  Since 2008 professor for International Tourism Management (FH Westküste)

  Fellow of Royal Geographical Society (London) FRGS
Fellow of Royal Asiatic Society (London) FRAS

  Research Fellow of Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (Tokyo)
  Research Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Study and Training of Leisure of
  Zhejiang University (Hangzhou/China)

   Board member and member HRD committee PATA Pacific Asia Travel Association(Bangkok) 
   Vice President Western Europe ITSA International Tourism Studies Association (Beijing/Greenwich)
   Fellow of International Association of China Tourism Studies (Guangzhou)
   Member of UNWTO Expert Panel (Madrid)
   Member of Expert Committee World Tourism Cities Federation (Beijing)
   Member of Friends of Europe Think Tank (Brussels)

  Director of China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI) 

  Adjunct professor at Yanbian University of Science and Technology (Yanji/China)
  Visiting professor at Ningbo University (Ningbo/China)
  Visiting professor at University of Sunderland (Sunderland/UK)
  Visiting professor at Leeds Beckett University (Leeds/UK)
  Adjunct professor at Tai Poutini University (Greymouth/NZ)

   Visiting Researcher University of Brighton (UK)
  Visiting Researcher Curtin University (Perth/Australia)






Introduction Participants


- Experiences in Tourism

- Planned Branch / Job / PhD after MA

- Dream job






Date Units     
9.4. 15:45-19:00 h
Introduction to course and topics Overtourism,


10.4. 11:45-15:30 h S21/S19 Introduction Emerging market
Groups formation, first planning Group work
17.4. 11:45-15:30 h S21/S19 Intercultural differences tourism behaviour
Group work
8.5. 11:45-15:30 h S21/S19
Preparation Group work
Group work
22.5. 11:45-15:30
S21 / S19
2 Preparation Group work
Group work
5.6. S21/S19
08:15-15:30 h
Intensive view: Overtourism / SDG I  
12.6. S21/S19
08:15-15:30 h 
Intensive view: SDG II / Emerging markets  
19.6. S21/S19
10:00-15:30 h 
Presentations 3 Groups
Final discussion, Conclusion, Preparation Assignment papers 
26.6. 11:45-15:30 h S21/S19   no class, instead additional 5.6./12.6.  



DZT 2030
















Emerging Markets include:





South Africa




GCC (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE)

South Korea


WTTC Country Reports:


Example: Brazil2018


Example Russia: Russiaoutbound.pdf




  Contact: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Georg Arlt FRGS
Bachelor and Master Program International Tourism Management, Office Schanzenstrasse 8, Tel. 0481 8555-513