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CO2 Emissions

No question: Travel, especially air travel, causes huge CO2 Emissions. Does that mean you should stay at home? I don’t think so. Many destinations, especially in less developed countries, rely on tourism. If the tourists would stay away, economies would break down. People would not earn enough money anymore. Parents could not feed their children or send them to school. And also the traveler would miss more than a nice holiday. There is a quote by Alexander von Humboldt saying: „The most dangerous worldviews are the worldviews of those who have never viewed the world.“ This means that getting to know different cultures and foreign people makes you more open minded and helps to have a better understanding of the world and the needs of the people worldwide. So if you still want to travel what can you do about your CO2 emissions? If you are going on a short distance trip consider taking the train. You can save up to 73 % of the CO2 emissions you would cause by traveling with your car. Compensate for …

Sustainable Tourism

What is Sustainable Tourism? Traveling has two sides, positive aspects but also  negative impacts. That is where responsible tourism comes in. Tourism contributes to and is at the same time affected by global changes such as climate change and resource reduction. Many tourists want an intact environment and authentic cultural experiences, because they have gone on the journey just because of their interest in nature and culture. At the same time their visit to the destination is likely to have a negative impact on the region as long as there are no set sustainability standards. The goal of destinations, communities and tour operator should therefore be to preserve nature and protect the culture. In general, Sustainable Tourism should be environmentally viable and fair for all people involved, while at the same time being economically viable. Important for sustainable tourism are: – Mobility and transportation – Preservation of nature and culture – Working conditions – Local added value – Consumption of resources Sustainable Tourism is also defined as “tourism that respects both, local people and the traveller, cultural heritage and the environment”. …

Nature Preservation

Rising tourist numbers create jobs and economic growth, but do not always go hand in hand with the preservation of environment and landscape. But the awareness for the importance of preserving an unspoiled and functioning nature is rising. There are several examples around the world that show how tourism and nature preservation can work hand in hand. I would like to showcase two of them: South Tyrol: South Tyrol’s natural landscape thrills tourists and locals alike. Since the onset of mass tourism in the 1970s, however, the Alpine regions, especially Austria, have struggled with harmonizing rising tourist numbers and nature preservation. For South Tyrol it early had been clear that an unspoiled nature is basis for the success of tourism. That was when the idea of ​​sustainability has been introduced in South Tyrol’s tourism industry. Gentle tourism is the slogan under which tourism projects in South Tyrol are developed. This is also supported by the European Union and its „Agenda for Sustainable and Competitive European Tourism“. And it is the motto under which many hotels, travel agencies and tourism specialists …