The destination management organisation (DMO) Tourismus Engadin Scuol Samnaun Val Müstair AG (TESSVM) stands for sustainability in tourism. Together with its partners and hosts, it endeavours to offer guests the most sustainable holidays possible. In doing so, it takes into account all three dimensions of sustainable development – society, environment and economy. Sustainable development is an ongoing process, which is why TESSVM is constantly trying to find new solutions and improvements with new projects. In order to get closer to its goal, TESSVM strives to set a good example and also makes its own company and its daily business as sustainable as possible.
Definition of nature- and culture-related tourism
"At the centre of nature and culture-related tourism is the experience of "intact" natural and cultural values. Nature- and culture-related tourism contributes to the preservation of nature and the landscape and its careful development. The local culture is promoted and revitalised, the right of the local population to have a say is guaranteed, the regional economy of the holiday destinations is included across all sectors and encounters between locals and guests are made possible. Nature and culture-related tourism is an integrative approach to sustainable regional development". (Definition ZHAW Research Group on Tourism and Sustainable Development, Wergenstein)
Product Management Nature and Sustainability
In order to promote sustainable development within the destination management organisation, TESSVM has created a position for the nature and sustainability sector. This enables the implementation of projects on sustainability and regional development and allows to deal intensively with internal sustainability.
Guidelines for sustainable operation
In their daily work, TESSVM employees follow an internal guideline on sustainable working practices. These guidelines regulate the use of natural resources (e.g. water or paper). An overriding goal is to be part of the regional economic cycle. To this end, purchases are made in the region wherever possible. With these principles of action we set a good example for our guests, partners and service providers.
For example, regional partners are commissioned for the local brochures. The author is from Lavin, the graphics and photos are from Scuol and the printing is done in St. Moritz on FSC certified paper and climate neutral.
Climate Neutral Company
TESSVM strives to minimise climate-impacting emissions. The aim is to reduce the CO2 emissions caused directly or indirectly by our work in as many areas as possible. We offset the unavoidable emissions through a myclimate carbon offset project, making us "climate neutral".
The annual CO2 emissions are compensated by financially supporting the project "Clean drinking water for schools and households through filter systems" in Uganda. This climate protection project supplies poorer households and institutions such as schools with new technologies for purifying drinking water. This reduces the consumption of fossil fuels, which reduces CO2 emissions and at the same time has a positive effect on the living conditions and health of thousands of people.
bike to work
Every year Pro Velo Switzerland launches the "bike to work" campaign. In June 2019 the TESSVM took part for the 7th time. bike to work is a nationwide campaign to promote bikes in companies. In the month of June, at least half of our way to work was done by bicycle. We were 16 people in four teams, who covered more than 1200 kilometres and, above all, numerous metres in altitude in the mountains of Engadin Samnaun Val Müstair.
Martina Stadler, Director
"Heritage obliged. The only Swiss National Park has been successfully committed to nature conservation for over 100 years. To achieve sustainable development in our region, emphasis must be placed not only on the ecological dimension but also on the social and economic dimensions. As part of our daily work, we make an active contribution to leaving behind an environment with the best possible conditions for future generations. In all three dimensions."