VISIT project partners


About this Publication
The European Union
Table:final core set of indicators
Eco-labelling tourism
The tourism market
The VISIT approach
The VISIT Standard
The VISIT eco-labels
The VISIT message
Easy access to eco-labelled products
The VISIT Association
Outlook 2010
Word of thanks


About this Publication

The European VISIT (Voluntary Initiative for Sustainability in Tourism) initiative has been designed to demonstrate how tourism eco-labels in Europe can collaborate and move the tourism market towards sustainability.
This publication should help the reader to gain a better understanding of this joint initiative, and identify the opportunities and mutual benefits of collaboration.
The texts, tables and illustrations should encourage:

  • destination managers to assess and monitor their progress towards sustainability and quality.
  • eco-labelling bodies to identify their strengths as well as their potential for improvement and contribute to more sustainable tourism in the destinations.
  • tourism suppliers to apply for certification of their good environmental performance.
  • tourist boards, tour guide publishers, tour operators, travel agencies to collaborate with VISIT eco-labels, to prioritise and promote certified products with added value for both clients and the environment.
  • stakeholder associations, as well as politicians to recognise and support the potential of harmonisation and strengthening “eco-labelling” in the context of complementary initiatives and legislation.
  • all professionals in tourism to contribute, to develop, improve, promote and market eco-labels and their underlying projects as “the better choice” and to monitor and report on the progress towards more sustainable tourism in Europe.

The chapters focus on some key aspects of the current situation and the results of the VISIT initiative so far, giving examples and ideas of individual and joint action. A list of contacts is provided for further information and to exchange experiences and build partnerships.
This publication was produced as part of the demonstration project “Eco-labels for Sustainable Tourism in Europe: demonstrating how eco-labels can move the European tourism market towards sustainability (ECO-LAB)” with financial support from the European Commission LIFE ENVIRONMENT programme.

The VISIT Project partners

ECEAT projects
European Centre for Eco Agro Tourism, Postbox 10899, NL - 1001 EW Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

ECOTRANS e.V., Network for Sustainable Tourism in Europe
Futterstrasse 17–19, DE–66111 Saarbrücken, Germany,

NFI, Natufreunde Internationale,
Diefenbachgasse 36, AT–1150 Wien, Austria,

ARPA ER, Agenzia Regionale Prevenzione e Ambiente dell’ Emilia-Romagna,
Via Po 5, IT - 40139 Bologna, Italy,

Stattreisen Hannover e.V.,
Hausmannstrasse 9-10, DE - 30159 Hannover, Germany,