A commitment to supporting people
The companies under the umbrella of DER Touristik are also involved in a variety of social projects. The fight against child abuse and exploitation is of special concern to DER Touristik.
Within the framework of child protection, employees of all hotels and resorts of DER Touristik (lti hotels, Calimera, COOEE Hotels and PrimaSol Hotels) attend courses provided by an ECPAT-certified trainer who is responsible for child protection at DER Touristik. The training program was developed based on the ‘Train the Trainer’ principle to ensure that every single hotel employee is familiar with the hotel’s child protection policy and knows how to respond to protect children and adolescents. Since each destination involves different mentalities, cultures and challenges affecting child protection issues, the format is individually custom-made for every destination.
Learn more: Child protection policy
DER Touristik Foundation e. V.
Via the non-profit association DER Touristik Foundation e. V., DER Touristik supports different projects on vocational training for children and adolescents, preservation of ecological habitats and biodiversity as well as sustainable development aid. With this commitment, we want to advance the living conditions of the local population and introduce the added value of tourism to as many people in the target areas as possible.
In this manner, we contribute to greater stability, help fight poverty and create prospects. We are particularly devoted to pass our knowledge on to children and adolescents as well as to raising awareness of the local population on the topics of environment, culture and social.
Since the organization was established, we have been able to build schools worldwide and provide apprenticeships for more than 5,500 young people, thus increasing their chances of entering the professional world. Since this year, we have specifically been focusing on improving the educational situation of young girls and women in Southern Africa. To raise local awareness for the preservation of animals and species, we have also been focusing on environmental education topics.
All projects are implemented on-site by DER Touristik Foundation e. V. in cooperation with other non-profit organisations, foundations and relief organisations. Donations will benefit in an intended and sustainable manner and will fund non-profit projects that have the goal to support local self-help.
In 2016, DER Touristik Foundation e. V. was presented with the international World Tourism Award for its efforts.
DER Touristik Hotels & Resorts collects donations and appeals for support from its hotel partners at various events, most recently at the Global Partner Meeting 2017 in Cologne. In addition, the leasehold Hotel lti Asterias Beach Resort successfully launched a pilot project, in which they donate 1 euro for every room that did not have to be cleaned, provided the guests support it and grant their permission. Further implementation measures, especially in our owned, managed and rented hotels, are currently under