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The Austrian Ecolabel for Tourism

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"El eco-label austríaco para el turismo: Una oportunidad para la calidad de producto sostenible."
Presentación de Mrs. Regina Preslmair, Responsable de Eco-Label en Austria, Ministerio de Agricultura, Bosques, medio ambiente y gestión del agua de Austria. en el 7.º Congreso Internacional de Turismo Rural de Navarra

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The Austrian Ecolabel for Tourism

  1. 1. El Eco-Label Austríaco para el Turismo: Una oportunidad para la calidad de producto sostenible. 25.2.2016 Dr Regina Preslmair Ministry of Environment
  2. 2. Products (1990) Tourism • Hotels, Restaurants, Camping (1996) • Travel Offers (2008) • Green Meetings & Events (2010) Education • Schools (2002) • Educational Institutions (2007) The “Green Universe” of the Austrian Ecolabel
  3. 3. More than 60 Tourism Eco-labels worldwide
  4. 4. The System • Umweltzeichen = voluntary system • Criteria documents as basis of the award • Third party verification by independent auditor • 4 years revision period • Contract and award • Application and annual fee
  5. 5.  Offers consumers orientation  Motivates producers and traders to develop and offer less environmental-polluting products Objectives
  6. 6. Tourism Criteria Over 50 mandatory- criteria Over 100 optional- criteria Traffic, Outdoors Mandatory-criteria voluntary-criteria Water, Waste, Air, Noise, Office Energy Management 25 13 17 16 1 1519 2 14 6 13 Building, Living 10 Food, Kitchen 7 14 Cleaning, use of Chemicals
  7. 7. 2. Energy 7. Cleaning Chemistry 9. Food, Cuisine 8. Building & Living 10. Mobility 1. Environmental- management 4. Waste What can tourism Enterprises really do? 3. Water 5. Air, Noise 6. Office 11.Garden
  8. 8. Resources for Sustainable Tourism Development
  9. 9. Principles of Sustainable Tourism Development • Local identity • Long term orientation • Naturalness • Dematerialization • Variety • Cooperation • Proximity © Mödlingerhütte
  10. 10. Stakeholders of Sustainable Tourism Development • Private enterprises • Local population • NGOs • Governmental institutions © BMLFUW
  11. 11. Tourism Intensity in Alpine municipalities
  12. 12. Sustainable Ways: Pilgrimage as prototype of sustainable Tourism: • Most important aspect: environmentally friendly mobility • Tendency to more sustainable lodgings- small and regional: - Example: EU Project Stars+20 on Camino de Santiago lodging houses • Chance for regional food providers etc. • Challenge through quantity of pilgrims in Spain- different situation in Austria
  13. 13. Waste disposal service Fisher man Carpe nter Baker Grocery Restau rant Taxi driver Public transp ort Farme r Energy pro vider Cleaning services Schools Mason Office supplier Garde ner SustainableSustainable HotelHotel Sustainable Hotel as catalyst
  14. 14. Sustainable Tourism Enterprises as catalyst and motor for regional development • Mobility • Regional Food • Regional Jobs • Regional Culture • Standards and Quality • Spatial development • Cooperation • Supply of Resources /Waste disposal © Forsthofalm
  15. 15. The Challenge for Rural Areas: Resilience through diversity • How can communities develop the capacity to survive and rely on their own resources? • How can businesses successfully exploit market opportunities based upon sustainable resource management?
  16. 16. Waste disposal service Fisher man Carpen ter Baker Grocery Restau rant Taxi driver Public transp ort Farmer Energy provid er Cleaning services Schools Mason Office supplier Garden er SustainSustain ableable HotelHotel The Sustainable regional Network
  17. 17. For further information visitFor further information visit www.umweltzeichen.at

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