Annual Progress Report 2020

The Sustainable Tourism Observatory of South Tyrol (STOST)

Authors: Michael de Rachewiltz, Andreas Dibiasi, Greta Erschbamer, Valeria Ferraretto, Linda Ghirardello, Daria Habicher, Anna Scuttari, Maximilian Walder, Felix Windegger.

Colophon: Bolzano: Eurac Research, Center for Advanced Studies, 2020

Pages: 108

Report Abstract: Notwithstanding the global Covid-19 crisis, tourism remains an important economic and social phenomenon. The growing awareness of the reciprocal effects of tourism on the economy, society and environment paired with the growing acceptance of the sustainable development principles demand an increasingly strong focus on monitoring issues.

STOST (The Sustainable Tourism Observatory of South Tyrol) has increased its competences and outputs, focusing not only on the fine-tuning and update of existing monitoring indicators, but also on the effects of the pandemic on site and on the consideration of culture as an additional issue to investigate. STOST offers a chance to understand tourism from a broad perspective and enables multi- and interdisciplinary work and knowledge transfer, networking and best practice exchange that can be fruitful also for other economic sectors. Ultimately, the current pandemic crisis illustrated the importance of the STOST in providing timely and reliable information about up to date developments and by that providing the basis for a fact-based decision making of local authorities.

Annual Progress Report 2019

The Sustainable Tourism Observatory of South Tyrol (STOST)

Authors: Anna Scuttari, Valeria Ferraretto, Andreas Dibiasi, Giulia Isetti, Greta Erschbamer, Simone Sartor, Daria Habicher, Michael de Rachewiltz

Colophon: Bolzano: Eurac Research, Center for Advanced Studies, 2019

Pages: 104

Report Abstract: South Tyrolean tourism has a record number of arrivals and visitors year after year. These numbers are brilliant for the economy, but they raise some questions about the sustainability of the tourism system. What does the arrival of 7.5 million tourists every year mean for the South Tyrolean population? What effects does tourism have on the environment? And how can we keep the tourism sector thriving by limiting its impact on nature and man? To manage it, you need to know.

With this awareness, the first Annual Progress Report presents some data and facts about the sustainability of the tourism sector in South Tyrol, which have been analyzed within the project “Sustainable Tourism Observatory of South Tyrol”, an observatory on sustainable tourism designed by the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research and part of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The study analyses tourism at 360°, starting from the effects on employment and the economy, but also touching on the effects on the quality of life of South Tyroleans, for example the increase in the prices of consumer goods, and finally the consumption of resources such as water and energy.