The criteria aim to reward those tourist establishments (including campsites) which have a lower environmental impact in terms of water and energy consumption and which minimise waste. The new simplified service group will help EU citizens who want to travel sustainably and make an informed decision about their accommodation.

The criteria also address the problem of food waste and include measures to educate guests on minimising food waste, management actions to prevent food waste, as well as encouraging accommodation to provide local and seasonal products. For the first time the criteria also address the social dimension by including new requirements related to employee minimum wage, insurance and working hours. Currently, there are 796 licences that are held by individual entrepreneurs or big hotel groups

The revised criteria are valid for six years until 2022. 

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