Green innovation in tourism services

This paper on Green Innovation in Tourism Services seeks to analyze the role of green innovation in the transition of tourism enterprises (hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, tour operators) to a green economy; how green innovation in tourism is supported in different countries (e.g. specific structures, mechanisms and good practices); and what can be done to accelerate the diffusion of green innovation in the sector. The paper provides a range of potential areas of policy focus to improve diffusion, strengthen markets and change consumer attitudes to green innovation in the tourism sector.

Guidelines for measuring competitiveness in tourism

This guide provides a measurement framework that includes a short list of core and additional indicators to guide governments in their analysis of tourism competitiveness and to inform tourism policy development. It offers an overall view of the main determinants of competitiveness to be taken into account by active policies in tourism. The report was reviewed and approved by the OECD Tourism Committee on 10 April 2013.

Criteria for Evaluation of Village Tourism Potential

The guide presents methods on how to identify, evaluate, classify and promote villages with potential for tourism. The guide is based on the experience of regions which have problems in preserving the local architecture as a valuable asset for tourism, and it offers solutions on how to create a network of villages with a high potential for tourism activities.

'Eco-Romania' Ecotourism Certification System

The 'Eco-Romania' ecotourism certification system is a mechanism that recognizes the compliance of ecotourism products developed by agencies and tour-operators, local communities and accommodation facilities to the requirements of nature conservation principles, of sustainable development of local communities and of promotion of natural and cultural assets. The certification system operates with a set of criteria established by the Association of Ecotourism in Romania, that must be fulfilled by the products of the tour operator undergoing the certification procedure.

Route of Fortified Churches in Romania

B2 SERVICES > Information + B3 POINTS OF INTEREST > Cultural heritage | This Good Practice is part of a programme of information activities on the Route of Fortified Churches pertaining to the cultural landscape of 7 rural villages of Southern Transylvania founded in the middle ages by immigrant German Saxons and dominated by their fortified churches (once more than 300), that illustrate building styles from 13th to 16th century. Identified villages were listed in 1993 under n.596 in UNESCO World Heritage List. The Route initiative started in 2007 with support from EICR.

Saxon Greenway

B2 SERVICES > Hospitality, Food & beverage, Travel | The Saxon Greenway project was initiated, to develop and promote sustainable transport for local communities and tourists, by integrating the existing natural and cultural heritage conservation activities from this area into the framework of the European Greenways initiative. The Saxon Greenway is conceived as a thematic framework both for the local communities, to develop small sustainable businesses (e.g.

Moara Veche Old Mill, Romania

B2 SERVICES > Food & beverage + B3 POINTS OF INTEREST > Local typical products | The restoration of Hosman's long-year abandoned mill and the installation of a traditional bakery therein, were meant to create an impulse to the village's weak economy. Today, this objective is carried forward by running the Old Mill's bakery as a social enterprise and has been widened by creating offers for visitors and tourists as well as children and students (multi-lingual), local crafts markets and cultural events like concerts or the Transilvanian Brunch“.
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