That is why we have joined the “Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency” community. It’s an initiative signed by 199 travel organisations, companies and professionals who have declared a climate emergency and have come together to cut global emissions in half over the next decade.
Climate emergency declaration
We feel that working together, sharing ideas and business concepts, reorganizing the way we deliver our services and abiding by guidelines set forth by The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) represents an indispensable tool in the fight against climate change and other calamities facing our planet.
Sustainable tourism is not a new concept in Slovenia. Numerous sustainability milestones have been reached. In 2016, Slovenia was awarded the title “The World’s Most Sustainable Country” by National Geographic’s World Legacy Award. That same year, our capital Ljubljana was declared European Green Capital. The Green Destinations Organisation in the Netherlands recognised Slovenia’s commitment to eco-friendly development by awarding it with their prestigious “A Green Destination” title. To name just a few.
As a country, we have come even further since then, and are continuing to concentrate great effort in developing green tourism in both our urban and rural environments.
We therefore feel it is not only our duty as a tourism provider but also our responsibility as Slovene citizens to contribute to our country’s honourable task of creating a more sustainable society.
We hold the Travelife Certificate, a fair and affordable system that helps tour operators and travel agencies manage and improve various social and environmental impacts by complying with sustainability criteria.
We provide healthy, green activities, such as hiking and cycling holiday packages, as well as a list of other outdoor pastimes that have a minimum impact on the environment. Many of our sightseeing options also include zero-emission travel.
We give priority to service providers who implement green solutions. This includes hotels, equipment providers, local boutique agencies, as well as farms and winemakers who produce their products in an ecological way.
We have joined The Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism (GSST) certification programme, a national initiative operating under the Slovenia Green brand. It offers destinations and tourism providers concrete, applicable tools for assessing and improving their sustainable operations.
Another strategy that we are currently working on is measuring CO2 emissions on our holidays and in our office spaces. The timeframe for the realisation of this project is 12 months, and the results will be used to determine how to lower our carbon footprint even further.
Our business strategy is based on boosting the local economy. We support local service providers, local production, and employ local guides who do the same.
The aim is not only to stimulate the Slovenian-based tourism and hospitality industry, but to reduce negative effects that come with importing through global transportation. We believe that supporting local product development activities and the promotion of authentic cuisine through strengthening the vertical link to Slovenian culinary brands truly has a widespread positive effect on sustainable food and promotion of small farmers.
Education is among the most valuable tools we possess.
Whichever holiday package you opt for, our local tour guides strive to supply guests with highly interesting and useful information. Be it on a cycling tour of the countryside or a hiking expedition in the Julian Alps – understanding the importance of how to visit nature is key.
“Leave only footprints” is the motto of every Slovenian nature lover. We have been blessed by inheriting some of the world’s most diverse and fascinating environments both below and aboveground. Our mission is to preserve them for future generations.
You can read more on how to behave in nature here.
Let’s be honest; there would be no tourism if destinations were rendered unattractive, and what’s worse, environmentally tainted.
Responsible behaviour in the great outdoors is vital in protecting our planet and consequently our own wellbeing.
Helping Mother Nature get back on her feet is the responsibility of every single individual. The road to global recovery is long, but with small steps in the right direction, we are bound to succeed. Together!
Be a part of the solution, not the problem.
Conserve energy. Minimize waste. Support local communities. Buy responsibly. Educate others.
We would love for you to share some of your ideas on how we can increase our sustainability efforts.
Drop us a line and help us create a brighter future for tourism and our common habitat.
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