The dimensions, factors and parameters were developed in cooperation with tour operators and taking into account secondary studies on future customer requirements. The monitoring system thus reflects the information needs of tour operators as well as the expected future customer requirements. The parameters describe aspects that are relevant for the German outbound tourism industry and the current and future German source market with regard to destinations.
A distinction is made between economic, social and ecological factors that are included in the TDI. In addition, the tourism development of the destinations is shown:
Economic factors include tourism infrastructure, tourism relevance, and the level of digitization:
The tourism infrastructure describes the accessibility from Germany, the availability of high-quality destination organizations in the country as well as framework conditions in the area of health & hygiene.
Tourism relevance and promotion highlights the (economic) importance of tourism in the country and the situation with regard to skilled labor and training.
The level of digitalization focuses on the availability and quality of the Internet/WLAN.
Social factors include political and social conditions, tourism acceptance, and consideration of human rights and working conditions in the destination:
Political and social conditions shed light on the extent of regulation of tourist entry from Germany, the stability of the political system, and perceived tourist safety.
Tourism acceptance deals with the extent of restrictions on the population and travelers due to overtourism, the authenticity and preservation of the country’s typical culture, and the perceived acceptance of tourists in the country.
Working conditions & human rights assesses the protection of children’s rights and personal rights as well as working conditions in tourism.
Ecological factors include ecological measures, natural resource management, and ecological security in a destination:
Ecological measures focus on a clean and intact environment, the issues of emissions and renewable energy, and the spread of ecologically sustainable mobility such as public transport, electric mobility and bicycles.
Natural resource management evaluates the country’s food, waste, and water management.
Ecological security focuses on a country’s exposure to and management of natural hazards.
In addition, the development perspective was surveyed for all dimensions.