Green sheme of slovenian tourism and report on sustainability indicator of the Krško tourist destination

In 2021, the Municipality of Krško became part of the Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism with the purpose of applying the internationally established tool for the development of green destinations to establish a sustainable tourism model, which will evaluate the natural, social and cultural potentials of the destination, linking them into a unique, identifiable tourist offer.
 

The project is managed by the Slovenian Tourist Board in cooperation with the international organisation Green Destinations and its accredited partner in Slovenia, the GoodPlace Institute of Sustainable Tourism.

In the course of the process of obtaining the Slovenia Green Destination mark, we have analysed and collected data about the current situation in the destination, answered about 100 questions and completed about 75 indicators, which are briefly summarised below. On the basis of the establishment of indicators in the Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism we will underline some key indicators, regularly monitor them and annually publish the results on the destination’s website.

In 2021, the Municipality of Krško has a population of 26,224 people. It covers an area of 286.5 km2 and is situated in the south-eastern part of Slovenia, where the valley of the Sava River widens into the vast Krško polje plain, with the River Krka winding across its southern edge. It has 158 settlements and 16 local communities. It is situated in the Krško valley, along the Krško polje plain, intersected by the rivers Krka and Sava, bordered by the hill ranges Bohor and Gorjanci.
The area of Krško is easily accessible by traffic. Tourists mostly travel by their own cars. The fastest route from western Slovenia is the Ljubljana – Zagreb motorway. From the Maribor direction, it can be reached by road along the Sava River. From the Zagreb direction, it can be accessed by the motorway to Drnovo. There are three railway stations in the area: Brestanica, Krško and Libno, which link traffic from Ljubljana, Maribor and Zagreb.  Airports are in Zagreb (about 50 km away) and Ljubljana (about 100 km away).

Protected areas of the destination cover a total of 9.6% of the destination's area, while Natura 2000, ecological focus areas and natural values cover 21.2%, 44.8%, and 11.3% of the destination’s area, respectively.

As much as 68% of waste out of the total quantity of waste in the destination has been collected separately, and 59% of wastewater has been treated, as regards sold water in the destination.



The destination offers numerous hiking and cycling routes that attract visitors. A diverse choice of trails is available, ranging from short walks and easy trips to more challenging trails. The majority of visitors come from March to November (the hiking festival in spring and autumn and numerous events during the summer).

The destination is easily accessible and safe. It encourages environmentally friendly, carbon-free travel within the destination. In that context, visitors can make use of the free bicycle rental system Krčan, which includes 8 rental stations with 40 bicycles. There are also providers of electric bikes and charging stations for e-vehicles. In the future, the destination also plans to connect with neighbouring regions and destinations, with the purpose of further expanding the bicycle routes.



We are aware of the green capital of the destination, and we want to preserve the valuable heritage for future generations by fostering sustainably oriented development in all areas, including tourism, and by observing the guidelines of the Green Scheme of Slovenian Tourism.

The destination has 371 registered cultural heritage units; of those, 56 units have a status of a cultural monument (5 units of national significance and 51 units of local significance).

Tours of cultural heritage in the destination are guided and supervised.



There is a total of 28 accommodation facilities in the destination.

According to the conducted visitor surveys, 85% of respondents are satisfied with landscaping features, 75% of respondents are happy with hiking and cycling options and cultural activities, 89% of respondents are satisfied with the kindness and hospitality of the locals, while 93% of respondents are satisfied with the sense of security.

The destination has also something else to offer. In 2021, two tourist companies (Kunst, Tri lučkeobtained the internationally recognised sustainability label Green Key and, on the basis of the primary label, also obtained the secondary label Destination Green Cuisine and Destination Green Accommodation.

  

In 2021, the Municipality of Krško took part in the campaign ‘My Country – Beautiful and Hospitable’, organised by the Slovenian Tourist Board, with the village Podbočje and its beautiful village square, which boasts a statue of a stone lion, winning third place in the ‘Village Centre’ category. A special recognition, ‘People's Voice’ went to Senovo, in the ‘Small City’ category.

The destination promotes itself as an active, green and environmentally friendly destination, with an emphasis on tradition and culture and a commitment to sustainable tourism.