White Adventures for Families with the „Forest Camp Card“

Several offers for well-spent holidays

Forest Camp is a tourism- package for guests in the Tarvisio region and was developed by the “Pisus” project. It is especially aimed at families with children and allows tourists to participate at exciting activities in the region, as well as to visit the most beautiful sights for free.
Several activities are organized in collaboration with PromoTurismo FVG and include snowshoeing and sledding tours in an impressive scenery or dog sledding for who desires a more exotic experience. In case of bad weather, it is a good idea to check out the climbing hall.
The Forest Camp Card can be purchased for either three days or one week and it gives the chance to choose from a wide range of offers and activities for well-spent holidays in Tarvisio.

Dog sledding in breathtaking scenery

Exotic snow fun in Tarvisio

The „International Mushing Sleddog School“in Tarvisio offers their guests to get an insight in the world of the sled dogs without travelling to Alaska or Canada. Dog sledding has its origins in the northern countries, where humans, sled dogs and the extreme cold are the main key actors.
It is an extraordinary experience to make a tour with the majestic sled dogs! It enables people to amidst wintry nature and enjoy a silent atmosphere in the wood. No way that this will stay in your memory for long time. This alternative way to explore the Tarvisian landscape through a different angle is one of the many activities included in the Forest Camp Card.

The sustainability labels’ jungle

A guide for all to compare sustainable tourism labels

EU EcoLabel, TourCert, Österreichisches Umweltzeichen für Tourismus, Viabono and many other: more and more tourist facilities adopt sustainability labels and plenty of organisations decided to create new ones.
How for tourists to identify their differences, criteria and procedures? This guide was written specifically to help those people who wish to have an overview of their characteristics and it gathers the most important information on the 20 major labels used in the world. Which are the participating countries and certification institutions? Which type of verification procedures must they follow? Which criteria do the labels certify? Have a look at this guide and find out more! Enjoy this first step into the "jungle" of sustainability labels.

Carpooling benches

Carpooling promotion in remote areas: the Tyrol's experience

If you love nature, trekking or cycling, you have probably ended up in rural areas not very well connected with public transportation. Here is a simple and friendly idea that one day you might think useful for your village: carpooling benches. In some villages of the Tyrol region (AT) a group of citizens decided to create various "carpooling stations" in strategic positions and make them recognizable for local inhabitants and tourists. It doesn't matter if the village is very small or in a remote area: almost one year ago carpooling benches were built in the municipality of Reith, which has just over 1300 inhabitants, and some of them are just next to the Tourist Office and the bus stop. Just write down on a coloured piece of paper that you are looking for a driver and reach your destination in a practical and eco-friendly way!
More information here.

No Borders Music Festival

Music, culture and nature

The "No Borders Music Festival" is a unique music festival in the region and the entire "Without Borders" area in-between Italy, Austria and Slovenia, attracting not only fans from Italy but from all over Europe. The 23rd edition of the festival took place between July and August 2018 and lots of workshops and concerts of various musical styles were organised in traditional and natural Tarvisiano sites, such as the Fusine Lakes and the Gilberti refuge (Sella Nevea). The venues of these concerts can only be reached on foot or by bicycle (access by car is forbidden), in order to protect the magic of these special locations in the Friulian Alps and to make it possible to have a complete sensorial experience. Guests receive information on green tourism and environmentally friendly gadgets.


The tourism mobility center

"Mobilito" is the tourism mobility centre in Pongau (Austria) and coordinates the Bischofshofen station in cooperation with ÖBB since 2001. The aim is to encourage and support the tourists in the region to move in a more environmentally-friendly way by offering them services and information that make it easier for them to plan their mobility during their stay in the region. The Pongau Mobility Centre is also responsible for the development of the regional bus system "Pongau-Takt". The Mobilito mobility centre is supported by the Pongau regional association and all 25 member communities in the region. The idea to set up a regional mobility centre came from the municipality of Werfenweng and the "Soft Mobility" project, for which the municipality was a pioneer.
Mobilità sostenibile e turismo


Soft mobility in Werfenweng for the promotion of sustainable tourism

Werfenweng is a small tourist municipality in the province of Salzburg which is a model of soft mobility since 20 years. Integrated into the tourism sector, sustainable mobility has become over time a concept of vacation used by the municipality as destination offer. The "SaMo-Card" is the key to many advantages that are offered to the tourists who travel without a private car: for the ones who arrive by public transport or hand over the keys of their car to the Electric Vehicles Tourism Office free shuttles, buses, and electric taxis are made available. The "SaMo-Card" also allows people to use all the electric vehicles in the area, such as e-cars, e-bikes, e-scooters and much more, thus becoming a guarantee of (free) soft mobility for the region and a holiday concept for those who want to take a break from their car.

South Tyrol Umbrella brand

The umbrella brand that certifies the territory, its culture, its nature and the local products

When the Province of Bolzano/Bozen designed a new umbrella brand for the South Tyrol area in 2004, South Tyrol could create a direct link between the tourist offer and the traditional local economy. This brand has managed to become a cultural symbol, to give coordination and prominence to the operators of all the districts of South Tyrol and has transformed South Tyrol from a point on the map to a symbol of a tourist destination for lovers of the environment, cycling and soft tourism. The South Tyrol umbrella brand combines tourism with agri-food products, giving more visibility to quality and origin, for instance through the designation "Protected Geographical Indication” (PGI) and the quality label of South Tyrolean specialties.

The Tree houses project

Totally into nature

The Tree Houses project brings man back into his natural habitat, in contact with the forest and its natural elements. Managed directly by the Malga Priù farm, on the Alpe di Ugovizza (Italy), was built with the idea to enhance eco-sustainable tourism, the study of the territory and following the constructive philosophy and competencies of DomusGaia in the wood sector. The project did a step towards a new way to relax, enjoy nature and  experience ecotourism. The "Pine-cone", taken from the typical shape of the local conifers in Tarvisio, is the first Tree House in Italy with these characteristics. It is a house without foundations, suspended, yet well rooted in the ground thanks to the support and the indispensable contribution of the firs that surround it, which with their roots replaces the foundations

The Heinrich Kiener Haus

The reduced ecological footprint of tourism

The Heinrich Kiener Haus is located in St. Johann im Pongau, in a tourism destination surrounded by alpine meadows on the Hochgründeck, one of the highest and most wooded mountains in Europe.  The hut was built in 1886 as an Alpine hut made entirely of wood and was renovated in 2004. Today the Kiener Haus is the final destination of the Pilgrims' Path of St. Rupert. The whole hut works with electricity from renewable sources, such as the two 16 m² photovoltaic plants, a wind farm and 10 m² solar panels used to heat water and the rooms. The bathroom uses a composting toilet which saves more than 100,000 litres of water per season, in combination with the grey water division system. Thanks to this project, the Kiener Haus won the Energy Globe of Salzburg in the Earth category.


GreenEvent certification

A certification for sustainable events organization

Always more and more events are becoming environmentally friendly, this is because a sustainable event do not only preserve the environment, rather it becomes a marketing tool for sponsors, organisers and the public. For this reason, the Province of Bozen/Bolzano has decided to value events organisers who meet specific sustainability criteria in several areas, such as resources, waste, mobility, food, energy, communication, acoustics and others (accessibility, promotion of voluntary work or conscious alcohol consumption). With the GreenEvent certification, the local Agency for the Environment promotes sustainable tourism. This is the case for instance of Summa in Margreid, where outstanding winegrowers from all over the world meet together to present their wines (many of them from organic farming) to an international expert audience. In order to obtain the GreenEvent certification, people must follow a procedure in order to firstly award the "Going GreenEvent" acknowledgement and, in case of positive evaluation, the proper "GreenEvent" certification.

The Von Rutte Chalets

From the traditional wood transformation into a tourism project

The Chalets of Rutte is a hotel village built in 2016. The project encompasses the construction of 7 chalets and up to now 4 of them were built. It is located in Tarvisio, in a quiet area very close to the city center, a few bike steps from the Alpe Adria cycling path. It is surrounded by the millenary forest of Tarvisio and immersed in a large lawn on which guests can relax or play with their children. It was built by local artisans, by using native wood or rearranging old furniture. The wood used for the construction of the external walls is the Tarvisio fir, whereas the internal walls and the floor are made of larch.
No paints were used, the wood was left in its natural state so that people can feel the characteristic scent of wood. The managers are trying to arrange a way so that guests can leave their cars 100 meters from the chalets and have a green and large area completely free of cars.

CIPRA and AidA conference

How to combine tourism issues in mountain areas, nature preservation and local population’s needs

Tourism is not just an important economic resource. It is also one of the economic sectors with the greatest potential, with many positive aspects ­– such as job creation – but even with many negative aspects. The interdependence between tourism and the local quality of life is particularly important in the case of the alpine areas, one of the most exploited mountain ecosystems in the world. These are the main themes of the meeting organized in Bled (Slovenia) by CIPRA - NGOs with a local base in South Tyrol - in cooperation with the "Alliance in the Alps" municipalities’ network at the end of May 2018. The resulting document highlights the "twelve steps for a better quality of life in Alpine destinations", among which environmental and landscape preservation are identified as a basis for tourism or a balance between the needs of tourists and those of the local population. The document aims to be an example for other realities with similar issues.