Tourist attractions in the form of star parks, light protection areas, theme trails and observatories raise awareness for the protection of the nocturnal habitat and public enjoyment of the starry sky without the restrictions imposed by artificial light.
In economically disadvantaged regions especially, towns and Alpine valleys promote their beautiful night landscapes and impressive starry skies. They benefit from nature tourism just like the health tourism industry, which has recognised the importance of an intact day-night rhythm.
Organisations dedicated to the protection of the nocturnal sky:
Organisation like the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (RASC), the International Dark Sky Association (IDA) in the USA and also the UNESCO Starlight Reserve on the Canary Islands have established programmes and awards for the protection for the night sky and the natural nocturnal landscape. In many countries, such as Germany, Great Britain and Hungary, there are areas where the night sky has been specially protected for some years now.