We design destinations worth living in

We make tourism designs built for the people living in the destination by putting people first. Our vision is that tourism promotes the mutual understanding and appreciation of locals and their guests, secures the long-term economic stability in tourism regions and offers great and enriching experiences to guests and locals alike. This is what we believe in, and this is what we are working for.

  • We design destinations worth living in, based on the values, wishes, needs and resources of the local population.
  • We create frameworks for authentic encounters between locals and their guests, which leaves both sides with positive and enriching experiences.
  • We support local businesses in getting their fair share of added value by making their traditional sources of income the centre of the travel experience.

Traveling is a privilege and if tourism is handled responsibly, all participants can benefit and enjoy privileges.

Turn your vacation into a chance!

Do good and book a holiday! The cocoa farmers of the El Ceibo cooperative in Bolivia are ready to start into the 2nd phase of their tourism project and open the Chocolate Road for the first time to visitors. destination:development supports them with organizing a truly special journey.

Join us! Get to know the people who produce the sweet chocolate products we all love and enjoy, and give the cocoa farmers a chance to share their lives and stories with you, and to develop and design their living space and tourism destination in a self determined way. Save your seat on that special journey!

Available dates for Summer 2018

News & Activities

8. March 2017

Chocolate Road story published in ReveLA

Tonight, the 6th edition of the ReveLA magazine – the journal on Latin America research – was presented at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Vienna, and […]
5. January 2017

Henrys first blog post

Imagine: You’re about to embark on a guided trek across Yosemite National Park, in the United States. You’ll probably spend most nights sleeping outside in different […]
3. January 2017

Meet Henry, our first d:d blogger

The International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development is a very special year for us, because we have 365 days of awareness towards the topic we […]
1. January 2017

Happy #tourism4development #IY2017

2017 is a very special year. It is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development #IY2017 #tourism4development #travelenjoyrespect #SDG In his message on the occasion […]
26. April 2016

Commitment has no limits … does it?

Who doesn’t know the feeling: You are enthusiastic about something and try with all your might to achieve the best results for your hearts concern. But […]
12. April 2016

Don Elmar about The Chocolate Road

Don Elmar has the floor now in the second clip of our mini series People about The Chocolate Road. He takes pride in being a „choclatero“, […]
6. March 2016

Open ears, open minds

Why it makes sense to use our senses Last weekend, destination:development had the honour and pleasure to attend the Sonophilia Winter Retreat in Salzburg, a meeting […]
20. January 2016

The Chocolate-Road-Book arrived!

A concise project-guide to the Chocolate Road Freshly delivered and hot off the press: The first 10 copies of our project plan in Spanish have arrived […]

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