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Published on : Monday, October 17, 2016
The Slovenian Tourist Board developed the Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism in 2015 which was used to assess the sustainable operations of Slovenian destinations and operators. Ljubljana was declared the first winner of the Slovenia Green quality label as European Green Capital 2016. Slovenia is the first country in the world to be comprehensively rated according to international sustainability criteria.
More than 58.4% area of Slovenia is covered with forests which ranks it as the third most forested country in Europe. 36% of its area is within the Natura 2000 network. One fifth of Slovenia’s coast is protected and practices sustainability culture. With regard to the amount of river water per capita and protected coasts, it is one of the richest European countries.
By adopting the Green Strategy of Slovenian tourism 2012–2016, Slovenia committed to the sustainable development of tourism and the respect of its green character. Within the Green Scheme, it developed the Slovenia Green quality label based on the Green Destinations Standard, the global standard for assessing the sustainable operations of tourist destinations, and the ETIS indicator system.
10 operators and 12 destinations joined the Green Scheme since 2015. The other holders of the quality label apart from Ljubljana is Radlje ob Dravi, Cerkno, Laško, Kamnik, Nova Gorica, Maribor, Idrija, Rogla-Zreče, Žalec, Celje and Velenje. The holders of the Slovenia Green Accommodation label are the Thermana Park Hotel in Laško, the Koren Camp in Kobarid, the Terme Snovik Spa, the Urška Tourist Farm, Ortenia– Apartments in Nature, the Trnulja Estate, the Park Hotel in Ljubljana, the Celica Hostel, Pr’ Gavedarjo Design Rooms, and the Jožef Hotel in Idrija. This makes it a total of 16 destinations in the assessment process.