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European tourism prize for Bohinj

Slow mobility: Bohinj has since December been a “European Destination of Excellence”. © Turizem-Bohinj

For years slow mobility has been a priority in the Slovenian town of Bohinj. It has now been awarded the EDEN network’s innovation prize.

Ski buses and the ski train, well maintained cycle ways, bicycle hire and a visitor pass offering free bus travel – these and other sustainability measures led the jury to award the 2015 EDEN innovation prize in the slow mobility category to the town of Bohinj, Slovenia. EDEN stands for “European Destinations of Excellence” and was initiated in 2008 by the European Commission in order to promote sustainable models for tourism in Europe. An annual competition is held to acknowledge outstanding travel destinations. With over 350 members from 27 European countries, EDEN is the world’s largest network for sustainable tourism. Following Monte Isola in Italy, Bohinj is the second destination in the Alps to receive the innovation prize.

There is another network in the Alps that promotes soft tourism and is this year celebrating its tenth anniversary: “Alpine Pearls”. When it began in January 2006, its 17 member municipalities and their pilot projects for sustainable initiatives were seen as novelties. Nowadays the network is a sought-after partner for co-operative ventures and tourism conferences. The “Alpine Pearls” have in the last ten years managed to create a new awareness of sustainable tourism throughout Europe.

Source and further information: www.youredenexperience.com, ec.europa.eu/growth/tools-databases/eden/index_en.htm, www.bohinj.si/si/novice/bohinj_eden_network (sl), http://www.alpine-pearls.com/en/home.html

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