I'm a Futourist

Thomas Bohlander COO, Gebeco GmbH & Co. KG

because we at Gebeco see cooperative, collaborative management for the benefit of our guests as the core of our tourism activities and can only ensure this in the future when working together.


Responsible dealings with the people in our host countries, their ecological resources, cultural treasures and social situations have always been integral elements of Gebeco's philosophy. Through our commitment as founder member of the Futouris sustainability initiative, we want to give aid projects around the world a long-term perspective. Also Gebeco employees and partners in the respective countries are actively involved in the projects.

Sponsoring the following projects

Travelling climate-consciously

The tourism industry is a major contributor to global warming, accounting for around 8% of all emissions. In order to substantially and measurably reduce the absolute carbon emissions of the industry and also to help customers choose more climate-friendly holidays, Futouris and its members are developing a standard for the calculation of carbon emissions from the individual components of the (tourism) value chain.

Setting up a Khwe community-based training and tourism enterprise

This partnership is based on the “wilderness tracker” project, initiated in 2013, which aims to preserve and transfer the unique knowledge of the Khwe community. The focus of the follow-up project is the independent management of the project by the Khwe, so that a stable and sustainable income can be generated.

Plastic-free holidays on Balearic Islands

Reducing the plastic waste generated by tourism and improving the recycling of unavoidable plastic waste on Balearic Islands – these are the goals of the industry project "Plastic-free holidays on the Balearic Islands" the Futouris members are implementing together with the Government of the Balearic Islands.

Sustainable Food - guest communication

Where does the food that is offered on the buffet come from, how is it produced, is the food on my plate typical for the country? These are questions inwhich more and more travelers are interested.

Avoiding Food Waste, Mediterranean region

Food waste measurements in the participating hotel are carried out in cooperation with United Against Waste e.V. and their waste analysis tool. Based on the findings, a set of recommendations will be developed to promote a more responsible handling of food.

Green Travel Transformation, Germany

In dialogue with the travel industry this project aims at finding ways how to make sustainable travel offers in travel agencies visible and easily bookable.

Sustainable Food, Mediterranean region

The members of Futouris e.V. want to develop a more sustainable range of dishes and drinks in hotels and on cruise ships and to promote local supply chains.

Wilderness-Tracker, Namibia

The aim of this project is to make the unique knowledge of the Khwe people about nature perceptible for tourists. In this way, the cultural Khwe heritage is preserved and an income source for the local communities is ensured.

Climate-neutral island Juist, Germany

Futouris helps Juist to reach the climate-neutral status and become a global flagship project with scientific expertise as well as with financial and political support.

KAZA - Sustainable Lodges

The commitment of the Futouris' members in the KAZA - Kavango Zambesi Transfrontier Area- aims at creating a concept for the sustainable development of tourism and improve the marketing possibilities for sustainable lodges.

Women Breaking Limits, Costa Rica

The project supports the longterm securing of job opportunities for women from rural areas in order to enable them to secure their livelihoods.