Nicola Koschel (née Schneider) is an independent tourism consultant with a focus on the sustainable development and environmental management of tourism with considerable international experience. She graduated with a Master is Sustainable Tourism Management from the University for Sustainable Development in Eberswalde, Germany.[…]

Sustainable tourism

Here comes a short introduction to understand the complexity of “sustainable tourism”: Tourism has become one of the largest industries worldwide and one of the fastest-growing economic activities globally. For many countries, especially developing countries, tourism has become the most important foreign-exchange earner and source for job creation. Besides mass tourism destinations the tourism’s potential in […]


Nicola Koschel’s work portfolio involves product and destination development, feasibility studies, project evaluation, consumer market research, design of appropriate marketing strategies and the organization of study trips, tourism awards and conferences. Recent activities include the management of the WWF/TOI partnership incl. the coordination of their model projects throughout the globe as well as strategic tourism […]


Moderation of COASYS-strategy group

From January to July 2021 Nicola Koschel has been coordinating and moderating the international strategy group of COASYS (Collaborative Online Audit System), a joint initiative of TourCert together with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), The Austrian Ecolabel and Green Star Hotel Egypt. The objective is to improve verification and SDG impacts of certified tourism enterprises. The initiative recognizes that system-wide change requires collaboration and partnership. The project... 

Nachhaltigkeit-Index für Südtirol

Nicola Koschel erarbeitet im Auftrag des Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) und in Kooperation mit dem österreichischen Consulting-Unternehmen AlpS und Vitalpin e.V. einen Nachhaltigkeitsindex für die Autonome Provinz Bozen-Südtirol. Hierbei werden basierend auf dem Kriterienkatalog des GSTC regional spezifische Nachhaltigkeitsindikatoren sowie eine Roadmap für die Umsetzung der Nachhaltigkeit im Südtiroler Tourismus entwickelt. Ziel ist es, die Thematik Nachhaltigkeit im... 

Starting today: GSTC online course!

Nicola Koschel is co-trainer of the online training class of the GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training Program (STTP) in cooperation with Innovation Norway. The course starts today, May 4th. 2020 with 80 participants from across Norway and will last for 4 weeks. Please click the button “News” below to read all recent posts.  Read More

ITB moderation

Update: Due to COVID-19 the ITB is cancelled!!! Nicola Koschel is going to moderate the panel discussion „Time to act is now: How governments and tourism industry can stop plastic leakage into the sea“ at ITB 2020 on March 5, 2020 (4 pm). The panel is hosted in cooperation with WWF. Her panel guests are: Gloria Fluxà, Vice-Chairman & Chief Sustainability Officer, IberostarHon. Miquel Mir Gual, Minister of Environment and Territory, Balearic IslandsChristian Schröder,...