News: Revised Criteria for Tourist Accommodation adopted on 25th January 2017
After 3 years of development involving representatives of industry, government, environmental and consumer organisations revised criteria for Tourist Accommodation have been adopted by the Commission and published on the 2nd February.
Friday, 3rd February 2017
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.