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Green Tourism Conference

Green Tourism Conference

The "Green Tourism Conference" is the final conference for the EU project "European Tourism Going Green (ETGG) 2030". The conference is a one and a half day event with around 200 participants from the 6 project countries. This international event offers exciting presentations on sustainable tourism in Europe and industry networking at the highest level.

The ÖHV is the Austrian partner in the EU project "European Tourism Going Green (ETGG) 2030" and host of the international Green Tourism Conference, which will take place at the end of the project from 3. to 4. May 2023 in Vienna at the Austrian Trend Hotel Savoyen.

The "European Tourism Going Green (ETGG) 2030" project supports 70 European tourism SMEs on their way to more sustainability through certification and promotes the international exchange of knowledge for a more sustainable tourism in Europe. We expect around 200 participants from the project partner countries Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Croatia and Romania. The conference language will therefore be English. The "Green Tourism Conference" will be organised as a Green Meeting.

Green Tourism Conference

Mi., 03. - Do., 04. Mai 20238:30 - 17:00
8:30 - 13:00

Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen
Rennweg 16
1030 Wien
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Please note, that this is the first draft agenda. Any changes regarding the program and speakers will be announced soon.

8:30 - 9:00

welcome coffee & registration



Mari Lang, ORF

Mari Lang
9:00 - 10:00

opening session

Dr. Markus Gratzer, general secretary Austrian Hotelier Association (ÖHV)
Mag. Susanne Kraus-Winkler, Austrian State Secretary for Tourism
BA Leonore Gewessler, Federal Minister for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

Dr. Markus GratzerMag. Susanne Kraus-Winkler MRICSLeonore Gewessler
09:45 – 10:15

Presentation of the Austrian Ecolabel and the EU-Ecolabel

Dipl.-Ing. Andreas Tschulik, Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology

10:15 – 11:00

Tourism and climate change - challenges and opportunities

Prof. Stefan Gössling, PhD, Western Norway Research Institute, Sogndal

Stefan Gössling
10:45 - 11:00

how to make European tourism green - ETGG2030 project introduction

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, expert for sustainable tourism, author and lector at HNEE

Prof. Dr. Dagmar Lund-Durlacher
11:00 - 11:30

coffee break

11:30 - 12:00

presentation: project results Austria & Bulgaria

Mag. Claudia Plot, consultant and coach for sustainability, Austria
Gueorgui Stoev, Planecon S&P, Bulgarian project partner

Mag. Claudia PlotGueorgui Stoev
12:00 - 12:30

how to become the 1. SDG Hotel worldwide

Michaela Reitterer, owner of the Boutiquehotel Stadthalle

Michaela Reitterer
12:30 - 14:00

lunch break

14:00 - 14:30

presentation: project results Croatia & Germany

Nastja Logar, Ecobnb, Croatia
Dr. Peter Zimmer, Futour, Germany

Peter ZimmerNastja Logar
14:30 - 15:00

best practice: how to develop an ESG-strategy

Ivana Budin Arhanić, Management Board Member, Valamar Hotel group, Croatia

Ivana Budin Arhanić
15:00 - 15:30

coffee break

15:30 - 16:00

presentation: project results Italy & Romania

16:00 - 17:00



evening event: dinner at Luftburg

We will have dinner together at the world`s biggest organic restaurant "Luftburg" by Kolarik in the famous Vienna Prater.

Prater 128, Waldsteingartenstraße, 1020 Vienna

Luftburg by Kolarik
8:30 - 9:00

welcome coffee



Mari Lang, ORF

Mari Lang
9:00 - 10:00

Impulse talk and panel discussion: mobility and green destinations

Prof. Kristof Tomej, University of Southern Denmark
DI Robert Thaler, Head of Department Active Mobility and Mobility Management, Federal Ministry for Climate Action
representatives of green destinations

Kristof TomejDI Robert Thaler
10:00 - 10:45

green marketing & communication

Prof. Dr. Fabian Weber, lecturer at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (Institute for Tourism and Mobility ITM)

Prof. Dr. Fabian Weber
10:45 - 11:30

coffee break

11:30 - 12:30

panel discussion: green marketing and distribution

12:30 - 13:00





Journalist, presenter in TV and Radio (ORF) and freelance podcast host of „Frauenfragen“ and „Verstehe!“. Author of the book “Frauenfragen: Männer antworten”. Keynote speaker on topics such as gender equality and personality developement. University degree in journalism. Several work visits abroad: Budapest, Hungary (MR1 Radio) and Dharamshala, India, where she helped build a radio station for teenagers (Tashi Delek 90.4 FM). Feminist and mother of two.

Professor of tourism at Linnaeus-University in Kalmar, Sweden. He has worked with tourism and climate change for more than 25 years. The most cited researcher in the field of tourism sustainability. He has worked as a consultant for dozens of companies, as well as supranational organizations including UNWTO, UNEP, OECD and World Bank Group.

Dagmar Lund-Durlacher, Professor of Tourism Management, is Senior Research Associate at the Center for Sustainable Tourism (ZENAT) at the University for Sustainable Development Eberswalde (HNEE) and at the Institute for Tourism Sustainability (ITS) in Vienna. She has been researching and teaching in the field of sustainable tourism for many years, focusing on CSR, climate change, mobility, sustainable food and transformation processes in tourism. She is active in numerous international scientific networks and works as a scientific and technical consultant for national and international organizations such as UNWTO, UNEP and OECD.

Management Board Member of Valamar Riviera d.d., Croatia's leading tourism company, where she is responsible for business development and acquisitions, internationalization of the Valamar portfolio, Valamar digital & innovation team, sustainability, and corporate responsibility. She has held numerous leadership roles shaping Valamar's impressive growth and development. Ivana Budin Arhanić graduated with a degree in Economics from Middleburry College in the USA and holds a MBA degree from Harvard Business School. She is an active member of various tourism and industry boards and associations in Croatia promoting innovation, growth, and sustainable development.

Tomej is associate professor at the Centre for Tourism, Innovation and Culture, University of Southern Denmark (SDU) in Kolding, Denmark. His research deals with various aspects of sustainable tourism development – sustainable mobility and transport, accessibility and inclusivity, tourism co-design, and regenerative tourism. Apart from publishing in leading scientific tourism journals, Tomej communicates latest research with professional communities and at public events such as the Danish Science Festival. He also teaches in SDU’s master programmes, including the joint European Master in Tourism Management (EMTM).

At Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts he is a lecturer, project manager and member of the institute management as well as head of the majors in tourism on the Bachelor level as well as of the mentoring programme. His main areas of expertise include tourism and sustainable development (e.g. Swisstainable), sustainable product development and marketing, sustainability management, certifications and labels. Fabian Weber represents the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts in the international network TRIANGLE (European Knowledge Alliance for Sustainable Tourism) and is a member of the Executive Committee of BEST EN (Building Excellence in Sustainable Tourism - Education Network).

Claudia Plot is a consultant, coach and instructor for sustainable hotel management and leadership. Claudia Plot holds a degree in English studies and a Certificate in International Hotel Management (Modul Vienna). She held the Austrian ETGG 2030 workshops. Nearly 20 years of experience in the national and international hospitality industry and several of those in Vienna’s famous Boutiquehotel Stadthalle, have shaped her goal to help make tourism more sustainable. Her approach is very practical - aiming to break down the large concept of sustainability into manageable and easy to accomplish steps for a hotel's everyday life.

Gueorgui has a Master's degree in law and international relations, with a specialisation in sustainable development and environmental law. Currently, he is a PhD candidate and is preparing a thesis, whose subject focuses on the European Green Deal. By bringing his previous project management experience into the ETGG2030 project, he is supporting the sustainability certification of the selected tourism SMEs in Bulgaria and coordinates all national activities surrounding that process

Dr Zimmer studied business administration/tourism at the Munich University of Applied Sciences. He is the founder of FUTOUR, a consultancy for environmental, touristic and regional topics, which helped him gain years of experience in Germany and abroad. He is also working as an examiner of the EMAS eco auditors in the field of “tourism” and “transport” as well as an accredited Green Key auditor, as a partner of Green Globe and chairman of the certification advisory board for TourCert. Furthermore, he was a member in the sustainability committee of the German Travel Association and on the Tourism Advisory Board of the Modul University Vienna.

DI Thaler is head of division for active mobility and mobility management in the Austrian Ministry for climate action, environment, energy, mobility, innovation and technology as well as president of the EU platform on mobility management EPOMM. Since 2021 he is Vice Chair of the UNECE/WHO transport health environment pan European programme THE PEP.

Participation fees

ETGG 2030 project members

for free

ÖHV members

for free

guests & friends

190 Euro

partner & networking ticket

490 Euro

price including lunch & 2 coffee breaks each day, evening event on the first day


Are you looking for a hotel for your stay in Vienna? Here are our partner hotels.

List of hotels

Green Meeting

The "Green Tourism Conference" is going to take place according to the guidelines of the Austrian Eco-Label for Green Meetings. To achieve this, we are taking many visible and invisible measures. You can also contribute to a sustainable event and support us!

Contributions for our Green Meeting

Travel environmentally friendly by taking the train or forming a carpool. You can use the ÖBB route planner: https://www.oebb.at/.

Public transport from Vienna main station to Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen:

Take the S1 or S3 to station "Rennweg", after that 3 minute walk

Interval: every 3 to 5 minutes

Journey time: 10 minutes


Choose a hotel that is certified with the Austrian Eco-label.

A room contingent has been pre-booked for you at the following ecolabelled hotel:
Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Vienna.

Use the environmentally friendly services offered by your hotel, such as:

Changing towels and sheets only when necessary.

Turn off all lights and electronic devices (TV, air conditioning, heating) when temporarily leaving the hotel room.

Give preference to open drinks, food on dishes, milk and sugar without portion packaging.

Dispose your waste (PET, glass, paper, metal) using the separate collection offered.

If you cannot avoid travelling by plane or car, there is the possibility of compensating for the CO2 emissions by making compensation payments.

You can find appropriate providers here:






If you are interested in:

  • presenting your services and products at an international industry event with around 200 participants from tourism, the hotel industry, politics and business as well as the press, 
  • listening to lectures and discussion panels on sustainable tourism in Europe, 
  • and network, 

then take the opportunity NOW to participate as an exhibitor or special sponsor - click here.


ETTG-Sponsoring-Folder zum Download

Corona safety measures because we care about your health!

  • If you feel ill or unwell, please stay at home.

  • Participation in the conference is possible without 3-G proof. We are grateful if you arrive with a negative Corona test result.

  • Remember to wash your hands regularly. Hand sanitizer is provided.

  • Event rooms are regularly aired.

  • Please be sure to follow the instructions of the ÖHV staff.

  • Being considerate towards each other protects us from consequences.

DI Barbara Diallo-Strobl

DI Barbara Diallo-Strobl

Projekt- und EventmanagementE-Mail senden+43 1 5330952-13
Paula Kämpf BA

Paula Kämpf BA

ProjektmanagementE-Mail senden+43 1 5330952-27

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