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Germany, Austria decorate winners of ‘ClimaHost’ competition

German Federal Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, and Austrian Federal Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, Elisabeth Köstinger, on Thursday, April 4, 2019 honoured the winners of the first Alpine-wide climate protection competition for hotels and tourist accommodation at the Hofburg Innsbruck, Austria.

Svenja Schulze
German Environment Minister, Svenja Schulze

The winners are listed to include:

  • Theiner’s Hotel from Gargazzone (South Tyrol, Italy) – 1st prize
  • Mountain Design Hotel Eden Selva, Selva di Val Gardena (South Tyrol, Italy) – 2nd prize
  • Biohotel Daberer, Dellach am Gailtal (Carinthia, Austria) – 3rd prize
  • Höllentalangerhütte, Grainau (Bavaria, Germany) – Special price mountain hut
  • Hotel Mondschein, Stuben am Arlberg (Vorarlberg, Austria) – Special price Historical building

The award-winning accommodations are said to be exemplary in their commitment to climate protection, for example by using renewable energy sources, exploiting energy-saving potential, efficiently regulating ventilation and heat, or focusing on regional, sustainable ingredients in the catering industry.

Schulze said: “The Alpine region suffers particularly from the consequences of climate change and has therefore declared itself a model region for climate protection. How this can look in practice is shown by the winners of the ‘ClimaHost’ competition. They set new standards for how environmental protection and quality go hand in hand. This not only benefits the climate and nature, but also the guests in the Alps.”

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Köstinger submitted: “Our intact nature as well as our beautiful and varied landscape are the main holiday motives of our guests in the tourism country Austria. We want to strengthen the Alpine region both as a high-quality living, recreational and economic area and as a tourist region. How sustainable tourism lives is demonstrated by the laureates as part of the first alpine-wide climate protection competition ClimaHost.”

Ambassador Markus Reiterer, Secretary General of the Alpine Convention, noted: “The Alpine Convention is working towards climate-neutral Alps. The operators of the accommodation have an important role to play as entrepreneurs, as well as mediators of a sustainable alpine lifestyle.” Germany, Austria and the Alpine Convention jointly launched ClimaHost last June. And about 40 companies participated. A jury made up of representatives of the Alpine countries and NGOs subsequently assessed and nominated the winners. In addition to a certificate and a trophy, the award winners receive a high-quality image video for marketing purposes.

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  • Theiner’s Hotel from Gargazzone (South Tyrol, Italy) – 1st prize
  • Mountain Design Hotel Eden Selva, Selva di Val Gardena (South Tyrol, Italy) – 2nd prize
  • Biohotel Daberer, Dellach am Gailtal (Carinthia, Austria) – 3rd prize
  • Höllentalangerhütte, Grainau (Bavaria, Germany) – Special price mountain hut
  • Hotel Mondschein, Stuben am Arlberg (Vorarlberg, Austria) – Special price Historical building

The award-winning accommodations are said to be exemplary in their commitment to climate protection, for example by using renewable energy sources, exploiting energy-saving potential, efficiently regulating ventilation and heat, or focusing on regional, sustainable ingredients in the catering industry.

Schulze said: “The Alpine region suffers particularly from the consequences of climate change and has therefore declared itself a model region for climate protection. How this can look in practice is shown by the winners of the ‘ClimaHost’ competition. They set new standards for how environmental protection and quality go hand in hand. This not only benefits the climate and nature, but also the guests in the Alps.”

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Köstinger submitted: “Our intact nature as well as our beautiful and varied landscape are the main holiday motives of our guests in the tourism country Austria. We want to strengthen the Alpine region both as a high-quality living, recreational and economic area and as a tourist region. How sustainable tourism lives is demonstrated by the laureates as part of the first alpine-wide climate protection competition ClimaHost.”

Ambassador Markus Reiterer, Secretary General of the Alpine Convention, noted: “The Alpine Convention is working towards climate-neutral Alps. The operators of the accommodation have an important role to play as entrepreneurs, as well as mediators of a sustainable alpine lifestyle.” Germany, Austria and the Alpine Convention jointly launched ClimaHost last June. And about 40 companies participated. A jury made up of representatives of the Alpine countries and NGOs subsequently assessed and nominated the winners. In addition to a certificate and a trophy, the award winners receive a high-quality image video for marketing purposes.

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