Sustainable Tourism Development - Capacity Development in the international Tourism and Hospitality Industry 2022-2025

Contract partner: Tourismusschulen Salzburg GmbH Country: Entwicklungsländer, unspezifisch Funding amount: € 1.915.560,46 Project start: 01.09.2022 End: 31.08.2025

Short Description:

Overall goal

The ITH program will contribute to the economic, social as well as ecological sustainable development of the tourism and hospitality industries in developing countries.

At outcome level, the project pursues the following objectives:

1) Graduates transfer specific knowledge and competences to their careers

2) Members (schools) of the MasterClass Network apply new knowledge and training methods

Expected results


1) Diploma courses in Hospitality Management and Tourism Management implemented

2) Student services and support provided

3) Master Class Network live meetings and trainings implemented

4) Master Class Network online resources and trainings provided

Target group / Beneficiaries

1) Target group for participation in the residential training programme of ITH: (a) employees from all sectors of tourism in developing countries such as the hotel industry, gastronomy, travel agencies, tourism organisations, ministries; (b) teachers at educational institutions with a focus on tourism in the global South; in this target group (N=90),one third of participants will be selected from the following ADC priority countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Uganda, Palestine, Armenia, Georgia, Moldova, Bhutan.

2) Target group for participation in the Master Class Network: teachers and students from the participating partner schools (N=481). The following institutions will be part of the Master Class Network: Bhutan: Royal Institute for Tourism and Hospitality (RITH); Nepal: International School of Tourism and Hotel Management (IST); Uganda: Uganda Hotel and Tourism Training Institute (UHTTI); Gambia: The Gambia Tourism and Hospitality Institute (GTHI); additional partner institutions may be added in the course of project implementation.


Activities under output 1: implementation of the diploma course, including orientation week, social events, excursions (Vienna, Berlin),practical training, final examination, internships, practical exams, student speaker meetings, gues lectures.

Activities under output 2: Orientation and implementation of the student selection process, implementation of all organisational and social aspects of the scholarships.

Activities uner output 3: three physical meetings for know-how exchange of the Master Class network, in varying locations.

Activities under output 4: introduction of online teaching tools (10 online sessions), provision of 10 online lectures on various subjects, 6 interactive online classes.


Tourism is an area in which Austria has internationally recognised expertise, which is also in demand from ADC partner countries. Tourism can play an essential role for economic growth and sustainable development. However, the potential of tourism for sustainable development is preconditioned on the availability of qualified local experts and competent institutions, able to develop the industry towards principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability and ensuring that a substantial part of the value added remains in the country.

project number 0245-00/2022
source of funding OEZA
sector Tourismus
modality Project-type interventions
marker Gender: 1
  • Policy marker: are used to identify, assess and facilitate the monitoring of activities in support of policy objectives concerning gender equality, aid to environment, participatory development/good governance, trade development and reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. Activities targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions include the identification of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, climate change adaptation, and desertification.
    • 1= policy is a significant objective of the activity
    • 2= policy is the principal objective of the activity
  • Donor/ source of funding: The ADA is not only implementing projects and programmes of the Austrian Development Cooperation , but also projects funded from other sources and donors such as
    • AKF - Foreign Disaster Fund of the Austrian federal government
    • BMLFUW - Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water
    • EU - Funds of the European Commission
    • Others - various other donors are listed in ADA’s annual business report.
  • Type of Aid – Aid modalities: classifies transfers from the donor to the first recipient of funds such as budget support, core contributions and pooled programmes and funds to CSOs and multilateral organisations, project-type interventions, experts and other technical assistance, scholarships and student costs in donor countries, debt relief, administrative costs and other in-donor expenditures.
  • Purpose/ sector code: classifies the specific area of the recipient’s economic or social structure, funded by a bilateral contribution.
  • Tied/Untied: Untied aid is defined as loans and grants whose proceeds are fully and freely available to finance procurement from all OECD countries and substantially all developing countries. Transactions are considered tied unless the donor has, at the time of the aid offer, clearly specified a range of countries eligible for procurement which meets the tests for “untied” aid.