Tourism and hospitality into the 21" century
Numerous, particularly turbulent changes are currently taking place in the immediate and wider context of leisure and travel. Not only has the new consumer gone into top gear, society as a whole has become ever more fragmented. Political boundaries are being abolished to be replaced by others. In contrast, as the result of worldwide globalization mechanisms, our planet is turning into a ‘global village’ with a uniform, commercialized culture. And lastly, what was regarded as ecological stability appears to be becoming increasingly unstable. Although we know more and more about our world, travel it extensively, study and investigate it, interrelations are becoming more and more complex and less comprehensible. To put it in a nutshell, we face tremendous challenges.