Ljubljana stands for sheer commitment to green and smart tourism

Ljubljana, with its population of 285,000, is not just a city but a well-thought-out destination that seamlessly marries Central European and Mediterranean influences. Its picturesque architectural heritage and vibrant cultural scene stand as testaments to its rich past. The city has received the prestigious title of European Green Capital in 2016 for its exceptional environmental awareness, making it a role model for sustainable development.

The city's commitment to sustainability is evident in various initiatives. In 2012, the inner part of the city center was closed to motorized vehicles, encouraging residents to opt for cycling. Ljubljana has a flourishing urban cycling culture, with the BicikeLJ bike-sharing network offering free bikes across the city. The introduction of the electric-powered vehicle Kavalir and an increased number of city buses running on methane contribute to reduced CO2 emissions.

Ljubljana boasts an impressive per capita green space provision of 542 square meters, including areas in the heart of the historic city center. The Ljubljana Marshes, a UNESCO World Heritage site, adds to the city's natural appeal with its unique swamps and peat bogs housing rare plant and animal species.

The city has received international recognition for its sustainability efforts, including being ranked among the Global Top 100 Sustainable Destinations. Ljubljana is proud to be the first EU capital to announce a zero waste plan. It has garnered awards such as the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow award and recognition for sustainable tourism in the 2019 European Capital of Smart Tourism’s selection.

Ljubljana stands out as a desirable destination, offering a vibrant atmosphere and convenient logistics. The CD Congress Centre and GR - Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre provide high-quality facilities for international conferences.Therefore, the city's commitment to sustainability extends to the meetings industry, exemplified by events like the Conventa show, known for its green initiatives and locally sourced food.

Ljubljana's future plans include continued growth in tourism, with new hotel openings and a focus on smart city development. 


Source: https://www.sustaineurope.com/ljubljana-stands-for-sheer-commitment-to-green-and-smart-tourism-20190425.html

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