The district of Spree-Neiße/Wokrejs Sprjewja-Nysa is a local authority in the southeast of the federal state of Brandenburg in Germany. It was founded on December 6th 1993 and got its name from the rivers Spree and Neisse.
The district administration has its headquarter in Forst (Lausitz), close to neighboring Poland. Around 1,000 people work in the district administration. There are two well-known tourist regions in the district – the Lusatian Lake District and the Spreewald.
The traditional settlement area of the Sorbs and Wends is also located in the district. Therefore, many place names are listed in two languages, as is the name of the district.
The Spree-Neiße district is part of the German knowledge triangle and works together with DEHOGA and the partner in education Ausbildungsverbund Teltow e.V. on the Creation of TourX – Transnational Ecosystem for VET Excellence in the Tourism Sector(WP2), the Design of the Tour-X Hospitality Labs“ Toolbox for Excellence (WP 3) and the Outreach and Dissemination activities of the project (WP6).
In the “Tour X” project, Spree- Neiße goal is to improve capacity and excellence in tourism education, and in the region, by creating knowledge triangles between VET providers, business representatives, and institutional partners. It is important to integrate this into the regional strategy for tourism development.
Furthermore, Spree- Neiße wishes to raise awareness of the employment opportunities in the tourism sector and increase the attractiveness of the tourism industry in the region.
In this way, the tourism sector can be established better as an economic factor and help to implement structural change in the region. Ultimately, it is about creating jobs and income for the people in the region and also about increasing the attractiveness of the region.