Guided tour


Tue 23.04.2024, 17:30-18:30
many houses that look the same in a mountain landscape

Many new chalet villages, like the Lachtal chalets in Styria, have been completed all over Austria in the last 20 or so years. They convey a sense of privacy and exclusivity, while they also take up far more space — and therefore valuable land — than any other form of tourist accommodation.
© Photograph: Günther Bogensberger

Ever more people are travelling more frequently, further and for shorter. What is the impact of our holiday dreams on the built environment, the social fabric and climate change? And how can we envisage a kind of tourism that does not destroy what it lives from?

Tourism has brought an increase in value, prosperity and cosmopolitanism to even the most remote regions, thus preventing emigration. On the other side, there are negative effects, such as crowds of people, the impact on the environment, and rising land prices. Tourist hotspots suffer from the onslaught of visitors while other places are left behind. The exhibition sheds light on key aspects of tourism, such as mobility, city tourism, climate change, the privatisation of natural beauty and the change in accomodation typologies. Above all, however, the exhibition looks at the potential for transformation. Local and international examples present pioneering solutions. Numerous successesful examples stimulate the appetite for a type of holiday that is no longer exclusively based on consumption and the growth paradigm.

Curators: Karoline Mayer & Katharina Ritter, Az W
Assistence: Dina Unterfrauner
Exhibition architecture: ASAP, Ulrike Pitro & Florian Sammer
Exhibition graphics: LWZ & Manuel Radde