The diversity of
the landscape and culture of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg,
with the attractions of its towns, its national parks
and its forests, is reflected in the excellent accommodation
offered here. Since 1999, visitors can choose from
a range of particularly environmentally-friendly
hotels, youth hostels, private accommodation, holiday
apartments, gîtes and campsites by the Upper
Sûre Reservoir, in the Our Valley or in the
city of Luxembourg. In addition to a high environmental
standard, the 21 establishments offer excellent local
produce and high-quality service.
The Ibex-label allows Swiss hotels
and restaurants to show their engagement for all
sustainability responsibilities: environment, staff
and the entire society as well as economic results.
A hotel is distinguished with up to 5 ibexes. Fifteen
hotels in six Swiss cantons have been awarded 3,
4 or 5 ibexes to date. These hotels encompass both
traditional 3* to 5* hotels as well as hotels which
are strongly oriented towards ecological issues.
All of them - according to the labelled level - care
both for the guest’s well-being as well as
for nature and society.
In the Netherlands the Milieubarometer
shows visitors what level of environmental quality
is offered by the tourism business, with its wide
range of leisure facilities for families, youth groups
and other visitors. Since 1998, three different categories
of the Milieubarometer can be reached. Bronze is
good, Silver is even better and Gold fulfils even
the high standards of the State eco-label Milieukeur.
Visitors can enjoy their holiday at these sites with
a clear conscience.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme is
the UK’s tourism eco-label. The scheme was
developed in 1998 by VisitScotland (The Scottish
National Tourist Board). It has over 450 businesses
in Scotland ranging from croft houses and distillery
visitor attractions in the Scottish Islands, to the
Edinburgh International Conference Centre, major
sporting estates and hotels as well as family run
self-catering cottages, youth hostels, visitor attractions
and bed and breakfasts. All businesses must meet
a relevant quality standard (star rating). The scheme
is being adopted in England with 100 members in key
destinations in Devon, the East of England, Blackpool
and the North West. There are 3 levels of awards,
Bronze for good practice, Silver for best practice
and Gold for overall excellence in environment and
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Since 1994, The Green
Key has been awarded to hotels, youth hostels, holiday
cottages and camping sites. Whether you want to go
on a seaside and island holiday with family or friends,
stay in a comfortable guesthouse in Kalundborg with
a youth group, or in a luxury hotel in Copenhagen,
over 100 establishments offer excellent environmental
quality, which visitors will notice as soon as they
arrive. Since 2001, Green Key has been awarded to
establishments in Estonia, Greenland and Sweden.
when the certification system “recommended
eco-friendly hotels” was first launched in
the bathing resort of Riccione, Legambiente Turismo’s
scheme has been steadily growing. In 2004, 192 hotels
and 46 other accommodation businesses (totalling
over 45.000 beds), 42 bathing establishments and
20 camping sites along the coasts, mountains and
cities-of-art in Italy were awarded Legambiente Turismo’s
eco-label with the well-known Green Swan logo. Its
criteria include a better use of water and energy
resources, reduced waste production, good local cuisine
and breakfast choice of organic ingredients, tips
to help visitors become acquainted with the local
culture and natural environment, and cycle hire.
There are 53 accommodation businesses
in the Latvian countryside.
Pristine lakes and rivers
flowery meadows forest grown hills and sandy beaches
make up the beautiful
variety of landscapes in Latvia. The natural bounty
can be enjoyed best in the countryside where attractions
of nature combine with the hospitality of rural
homes creating a visitor friendly environment.
Since 1999 the green certificate has awarded rural
tourism establishments in Latvia such as country
homes vacation cottages guesthouses and camping
sites combining environmental quality with a high
standard of services.