La Garrotxa, 20 years of Sustainable Tourism02 Nov 0 Likes
The first statutes of the Association already mentioned the concept of ‘sustainable tourism’. A few years later, after the definition of the term ‘sustainable tourism’ was better established, EUROPARC Federation worked on the creation of the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism. This was a new working scheme which would be applied five years later in La Garrotxa as one of the selected pilot territories.
At that time, no one knew how this initiative would work out. It offered guidelines to help destinations to develop their tourism strategy. Sixteen years later, good results have been achieved and moreover, there are an increasing number of protected natural areas interested in applying it. These results prove the validity and efficiency of European Charter for Sustainable Tourism as a means of creating synergies between the public and private sector as well as a method of shaping the future of tourism in destinations.
Without the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism, it would have been difficult to achieve the objectives set in La Garrotxa. These objectives were: creating a network of footpaths, named Itinerànnia; highlighting the local cultural heritage under the brand-name Garrotxa Cultour; promoting professionalism and improving economic, environmental and social performance of several tourism companies over the years.
Today, Turisme Garrotxa has fifty companies specializing in providing active-nature, gastronomy and the organization of meetings and events, giving the best possible service to all types of operators and travel agents.