Our team

More than 20 years’ experience in market research and consulting as well as an interdisciplinary team with specific tourism expertise, knowledge and work experience in different foreign countries guarantees high quality, commitment to excellence and passion for tourism market research and consulting.

The inspektour staff:

Interdisciplinary team

with more than 20 years of experience including intercultural and language competence.

Ellen Böhling

Founder & Managing Partner

Contact person for DESTINATION BRAND

Founder & Managing Partner

Contact person for DESTINATION BRAND

Work experience:
Active in the fields of market research, further education and consulting in tourism since 2004

Specialisation:
Destination management, strategic tourism management, strategic marketing and sales management

Employment:
inspektour international GmbH, Hamburg / Germany: Managing partner since April 2015
IMT Instituto de Management y Turismo, Salta / Argentina: Managing partner since 2008
Institute for Management and Tourism IMT, Heide / Germany: Project Leader of different research and consulting projects, 2004 - 2008

Education & Training:
Master-Degree “Master of Arts (FH)” in “International Tourism Management” at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences Heide: 2006
Degree in Economics “Diplom-Kauffrau (FH)” in “Business Administration” at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences Heide: 2003

Work experience abroad:
London / United Kingdom (Aug. 2000 – Jan. 2001)
Salta / Argentina (Dec. 2007 – May 2014)

Languages:
Deutsch (Native speaker)
English and Spanish (Business fluent)
French (Basic knowledge)

Ralf Trimborn

Founder & Managing Partner

Founder & Managing Partner

Work experience:
Active in the fields of market research, further education and consulting in tourism since 2001

Specialisation:
Destination management, strategic tourism management, regional development

Employment:
Managing Partner at inspektour international GmbH: since April 2015
Managing Partner at inspektour GmbH: since 2002
FINEIS INSTITUT GmbH: CEO 2002 - 2005
FINEIS INSTITUT GmbH: Project Leader of different research and consulting projects, 2001 - 2002

Education & Trainings:
Cultural Studies (FernUniversität Hagen): 2006
Degree in Economics “Diplom-Kaufmann (FH)” in “Business Administration” at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide: 2000

Languages:
German (Native speaker)
English (Business fluent)

Franziska Baum

Co-Worker DESTINATION BRAND and market manager France

Co-Worker DESTINATION BRAND and market manager France

Work experience:
Active in the fields of tourism since 2014
Working on DESTINATION BRAND since 2020

Specialisation:
Market research, tourism projects

Employment:
inspektour GmbH, Hamburg: co-worker since 2020
sh⁺ GmbH, Hamburg: team assistant / project assistant (apr. 2017 – jun. 2019)
national and international work experience in the hotel industry (Apr. 2011 – Apr. 2017)

Education:
Master Degree (Master of Arts) in Leadership in Service Enterprises: 2013-2016
Bachelor-Degree (Bachelor of Arts) in Tourismus Management: 2007-2011

International work experience:
Doha / Qatar (Dez. 2011 – Dez. 2012)
Gullfoss / Island (Apr.- Sep. 2011 ; Jul. – Aug. 2014)
Les Deux Alpes; St. Maxime / France (Feb. – Jun. 2010)

Languages:
German (native speaker)
Englisch (fluent written and spoken)
French (advanced)

Alexander Koch

Project management Market Research

Project management Market Research

Work experience:
Active in the fields of tourism and market research since 2007
Working on DESTINATION BRAND since 2009
Lecturing at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences since 2015

Specialisation:
Market research, statistical data analysis, monitoring, measing economic effects of tourism

Employment:
inspektour GmbH, Hamburg: project owner in the field of market research with focus on the study series DESTINATION BRAND since 2017
Institut für Management und Tourismus (IMT), Heide: market research, 2009 – 2017
PROJECT M GmbH, Lüneburg: student assistent in the field of market research, 2007 – 2008

Education & Training:
Master-Degree “Master of Arts (FH)” in “International Tourism Management” at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences Heide: 2015
Bachelor-Degree “Bachelor (hons) of Business Administration” in “Leisure and Tourism Management” at the University of Applied Sciences Stralsund: 2009

Work experience abroad:
Nykøbing Falster / Dänemark, 2006 – 2007

Languages:
German (Native speaker)
English (Business fluent)
Danish (Intermediate)
Swedish (Basic knowledge)
French (Basic knowledge)

Simon Leimbrinck

Co-Worker DESTINATION BRAND

Co-Worker DESTINATION BRAND

Work experience:
Active in the fields of tourism since 2014
Working on DESTINATION BRAND since 2014

Specialisation:
Market Research, tourism projects

Employment:
inspektour GmbH, Hamburg: co-worker since 2014

Education & Training:
Master-Degree “Master of Science” in “ Sport Tourism and Recreation Management” at the German Sport University Cologne: 2014

Languages:
German (Native speaker)
English (intermediate)

Dörte Waldmann

Co-Worker DESTINATION BRAND

Co-Worker DESTINATION BRAND

Work experience:
Active in the fields of tourism and market research

Specialisation:
Market and tourism research, statistical data analysis

Employment:
inspektour GmbH, Hamburg: co-worker with focus on the study series DESTINATION BRAND (since 2019)
Institute of Market and Economic Research / University of Passau: project manager in the field of market and tourism research (2016-2019)
Institute of Market and Economic Research / University of Passau: student assistent in the field of market and tourism research (2014-2016)

Education:
Geographie: Kultur, Umwelt und Tourismus; University of Passau (Master of Arts)

Work experience abroad:
German National Tourist Board/representative office Copenhagen (April – Sept. 2015)

Languages:
German (native speaker)
English (intermediate)
Danish (intermediate)

Prof. Dr. Bernd Eisenstein

Scientific Advisory Board

Scientific Advisory Board

Professional career:
From 2009 to 2011 Dean of the Economics Department at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide
Since 2008 Vice-Director of the China Outbound Tourism Research Institute (COTRI)
Since 2006 Director of the Institute for Management and Tourism (IMT) at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide
Since 1997 Professor for International Tourism Management
Geology and Economic studies: Dipl.-Geogr. and Dipl.-Kaufmann; Dr. Phil. (University of Trier)

Specialisation:
Destination management, tourism demand, strategic tourism managementMemberships:
Member of AIEST (International Association of Scientific Experts in Tourism); DGT (German Association of Tourism Science / Deutsche Gesellschaft für Tourismuswissenschaft)

Publications:
Various publications, scientific studies and practice-orientated expertise in tourism and adjacent service industries as well as teaching at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide, University of Applied Sciences Worms and University of Trier

Languages:
German (Native speaker)
English (Business fluent)

Anne Köchling

Scientific monitoring

Scientific monitoring

Work experience:
Active in the fields of market research and further education in tourism and destination management: since 2005

Employment:
Institute for Management and Tourism at FH Westküste in Heide / Germany, project leader since 2010
Tourismus Agentur Schleswig-Holstein GmbH in Kiel / Germany, project leader 2007-2010
German National Tourism Board DZT e.V., in Frankfurt am Main / Deutschland, project manager Marketing management 2005-2007

Education & Training:
Master-Degree “Master of Tourism Management” in “Tourismusmanagement” at Freie Universität Berlin / Germany: 2005
Degree in Economics “Diplom-Kauffrau” in “International Business Studies” at Universität Paderborn / Germany and Universidad de Santiago de Compostela / Spain: 2004

Specialisation:
Destination management, touristic demand, strategic tourism management

Languages:
Deutsch (Native speaker)
English and Spanish (Business fluent)
French (Basic knowledge)