Bhutan presents CO2poor tourism products at ITB Berlin 2015

first_imgBhutan is a low-CO2 travel destination with a CO2 footprint, which is well below the world average. The small country in the Himalayas has anchored environmental protection in the Constitution and knowing that tourism contributes significantly to CO2 emissions, Bhutan wish to improve their environmental performance further. On the ITB 2015 in Berlin, Bhutan presents new, eco-friendly tourism products.With the support of the EU SWITCH-Asia Programme of the European Commission, which promotes sustainable, environmentally friendly economic policies and production in Asia, the members of the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO) have initiated a project to promote sustainable tourism in life. This includes the measurement of greenhouse gas emissions in the tourism industry and the establishment of benchmarks for sustainable tourism development. The program will also help to improve the living conditions of the population through the development of tourism products, where villagers can participate. The CO2-poor tourism products are distinguished by the fact that renewable energy sources and energy efficient means of transport used.The new products that have been developed throughout the country are as sustainable as cost-effective. On the many facilities include outdoor experiences, health programs, nature experiences and cultural experience programs, and programs to learn about art, crafts and cuisine of Bhutan.The mountain bike is the ideal vehicle to meet in Bhutan mountains in an environmentally friendly manner. In addition to international visitors also Bhutanese appreciate more and more the sport that allows natural nature experiences beyond the main routes.last_img

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