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Written by  The Dubrovnik Times Sep 29, 2023

Hvar: A Haven of Sustainable Tourism

In today's fiercely competitive tourism industry, sustainable tourism isn't just a trend; it's a necessity. Hvar, a Croatian gem, stands out as a shining example of sustainable tourism, with innovative initiatives that prioritize both luxury and environmental responsibility.

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"Maslina" Resort - This upscale resort redefines luxury by offering personalized experiences while minimizing its environmental impact. The resort's foundations were built on sustainability, preserving existing sites and incorporating centuries-old olive trees into the landscape. Hygiene products are olive-based, packaged in glass to reduce plastic waste. Wooden bicycles are available for rent, emphasizing eco-friendliness. "Maslina" highlights that guests are willing to pay for a healthy atmosphere, valuing service over prices.

"Valamar Amicor Green Resort" - Located in Stari Grad, Hvar, this resort demonstrates that small details can make a big difference. Children are greeted with sustainable welcome gifts, including DIY wooden birdhouses and canvas tote bags. The resort encourages hands-on learning with gardening activities and daily workshops on ecology and recycling. All vehicles are electric, cottages boast solar panels, and sustainable materials are used extensively. Local ingredients take precedence in the kitchen, contributing to a greener future. "Valamar" sets an example for tourism by seamlessly integrating sustainability into its operations. Tourists willingly engage in waste separation and environmental respect, promoting flourishing greenery and offering hope for a sustainable future.

Hvar's dedication to sustainable tourism illustrates that luxury and environmental responsibility can coexist harmoniously. These initiatives not only enhance the guest experience but also set the stage for a more responsible and sustainable future in the tourism industry.

Lastovo: Preserving Starry Skies and Sustainability

Untitled design 2023 09 29T083126.469Lastovo, a remote Croatian island with just a few hundred inhabitants, embodies both isolation and natural beauty. It remained closed to foreigners until 1988 due to militarization during World War II. Today, it's a designated nature park, welcoming a growing number of visitors without compromising its unique way of life. Lastovo's distinctive charm extends to its night skies. Clear evenings reveal the Milky Way, visible without telescopes. Astronomers gather year-round to study the island's celestial wonders, and sustainable tourism aims to attract visitors year-round, reducing the summer season's pressure.

The secret behind Lastovo's breath-taking night skies lies in its isolation. Limited development and infrastructure changes, coupled with responsible lighting to combat light pollution, ensure pristine stargazing. Lastovo's skies serve as a testament to the rewards of sustainability, inviting all to find solace beneath the celestial canopy. Anytime, always, and forever, Lastovo offers a sanctuary for the soul and the senses.

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