Austrian Tyrol walking vacation, self guided

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Austrian Tyrol walking vacation, self guided

Environment

Walking is the least carbon intensive way to travel and ensures that the environmental impact of our walking clients is kept to a minimum. Where it is necessary to travel by means other than on foot, we encourage the use of public transport. On this vacation, we make use of the excellent local bus system to access some of the walks and we encourage clients to transfer from the airport by train. We aim to balance the environmental impact of traveling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local rural economy. We accommodate our walkers in a small local hotel which is family run and central to the life of the village. They employ local people and prepare meals from locally grown produce as far as possible.

In our office we recycle paper, cardboard, ink cartridges and printed material. We purchase recycled printer cartridges, paper, envelopes, labels, pens, toilet tissue, bin liners. We turn off printers, photocopiers, computers, battery chargers and transformers at the end of each day and avoid ‘screen savers’, use energy-efficient bulbs and low-energy appliances. We cut CO2 emissions by keeping thermostats at the lowest comfortable setting. We do not use tumble dryers nor take disposable plastic bottles to the countryside, instead promoting the use of water bottles manufactured by companies like Sigg.

We keep our customers informed electronically via email, electronic newsletters and our website. We encourage clients to remit their payments electronically via PayPal or by bank transfer. All our customers receive our Tips for Sustainable Tourism and, as part of this, we encourage people to learn at least a few words of German.

Community

We endeavour to balance the environmental impact of traveling with the benefits that sustainable tourism brings to the local economy. In choosing to lunch at local restaurants and visit small farms and smallholdings en route, we are patronising establishments which employ staff from the local rural community.

Bringing people to a new region, arranging their accommodation and food, transporting them from place to place, walking the ancient footpaths, visiting their cafes and restaurants and teaching through carefully-researched commentaries something about the country’s rich history, culture and folk law, has the effect of giving people a sense of community with the place. People sometimes return on their own or with friends, visit the same hotels and restaurants and renew their sense of being at one with the beautiful local countryside.

OUr visitors are encouraged to engage with the local community, taking advantage of the cultural events organised by the local Tourist Office. This helps to foster an understanding of the communities they are visiting. Our cultural commentaries further add to understanding local history, folklore and traditions.

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