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Ratschings: sustainable into the future

In today’s world, quality without sustainability is no quality at all. That’s why, here in Ratschings, we strive to follow a quality-driven path whereby people and nature walk hand in hand: in tourism and agriculture, as in mobility and artisanship.
In pursuit of this aim, we have set out on our path towards “South Tyrol Sustainability Programme” certification. We are aiming to achieve the highest level of certification, which is globally recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
We would like to involve the wider population in this process by means of a general survey, which was conducted in autumn.
Rather than marking the end of this project, certification should signal the beginning of a constant improvement of the destination as a whole, and lead to a long-term mutually beneficial relationship between residents and guests.
Our sustainability mission and vision

A Green Team was brought together for the purposes of pursuing the aims of this project, and a series of general guidelines drawn up on which all future decisions will be based.
At the heart of this vision lies the collective design of a communal living space which preserves and upholds tradition, and, at the same time, develops the region in a manner of equal appeal to all involved, with a strong emphasis on a connection with the natural world and an active experience of thereof.
This leads on to our mission and vision, which are central to the implementation of future goals.

We believe in the importance of nurturing a close bond with the natural world, and by taking active measures to protect and preserve our surroundings. Our vision draws its inspiration from the peace of mind, close relationship with nature and outdoor experiences that lead us to understand the importance of nature, and appreciate the joy and beauty it gives us. By thinking creatively and uniting our forces, we can help to maintain and improve our region for future generations to enjoy. We are proud of the fact that we are all working together to uphold our traditions and culture by preserving and moulding our homeland.

Our mission: We inspire peace, a connection with nature, and active experiences. With responsibility and creativity, we preserve and shape our living space—our traditions.

Our vision: We are a vibrant, authentic, climate-responsible region which, in ts local cycles, is equally attractive for guests, local people and all those who work with us.

Step by step to the goal

In 2006, Hannes Rainer took over his parents' business and turned the Nature and Hiking Hotel Rainer into one of the most sustainable hotels in South Tyrol.

What steps did Hannes Rainer take in the sustainable transformation of his business?

What is the innovative hotelier convinced of? And how do guests learn to appreciate the changes? Hannes explains in this video!


Hannes Rainer explains what his mission is all about and much more in the video!


Natural partners at equal terms
 For the hotel manager and chef Hannes Rainer, nature is at the heart of everything he does - and he runs the Nature and Hiking Hotel Rainer in Jaufental in a sustainable manner. In all his considerations and decisions, he is always aware that maximum profit and sustainable management are not compatible.


Check out these 3 learnings from Hannes Rainer:

  1. Sustainability starts with the construction of the building! Find out more about ecological construction and remember: you can also achieve your goal with small steps.
  2. Short distances have priority! Look around your local area for suitable suppliers from whom you can source your products and work with them.
  3. Consider the realization of your concept! Think about how you can stick with it and how to convince your employees to go down this path with you.

About Alpine Pearls
Alpine Pearls is an international network of 19 selected destinations in the Alpine region for attractive, sustainable tourism. The focus of the Pearls is on future-oriented, climate-friendly mobility and its positive effects on a vacation in harmony with the environment. The preservation of the different lifestyles in the Alpine regions as well as the interaction with the local people are important principles.