Maximation of capacities of tourism accommodation facilities on the territory of the Town of Villány

Project information

Index: 0682R2
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location MAGYARORSZAG DUNANTUL Villány Del-Dunantul Start/End date of the practice
Start: 2006-05-02
End: ongoing

Topic of the practice

An approach that aims to lessen the environmental pressure on the Town of Villány by maximising number of rooms per facility

Good Practice Information

The town of Villány has shown that extensive development of tourism accommodation can be hindered by limiting the development of these accommodations to the maximum capacity of 25 rooms. This approach aims to lessen the environmental pressure since the town is located on a compact territory and its economy is based on wine growing and producing, therefore good environmental conditions play a crucial role from the aspect of sustainable economy as well.
The Town of Villány with a population about 2500 people is the centre of the Villány-Siklós Wine Route and the Villány Wine Region. The town is located in the Southeast part of the region of South Transdanubia and in the south of Baranya county not far from the state border with Croatia. The town of Villány has become one of the biggest tourist attractions of South Transdanubia due to its peculiarity and tradition in wine making. Attractiveness of the region is demonstrated by continuous growth in number of visits and organization of several arts and gastronomic festival during the entire year.
Wine making is very sensitive from the point of view of the environment. The town and its area is located in a rural region far from urban centres are characterized by favourable environmental conditions and lack of polluting industries. These conditions are needed to maintain the quality and image of the area.
The rapid development of tourism has attracted investors to the area with plans of development of tourism accommodation facilities of larger scale. Mass tourism with extensive development of hotels requires more natural resources, and more intensive land use. In order to avoid the damage of the environment the town assembly adopted a decree in May 2006 that limits the development of tourism accommodation facilities to the maximum capacity of 25 rooms.  

Evidence of success

Since the adoption of the decree several tourism accommodation development projects took place on the territory of the town that resulted the establishment of several small scale family hotels. These family hotels contribute to the maintenance of the unique atmosphere of the area and also the further increase of the tourism visits. All these newly established hotels use renewable sources of energy and are equipped with modern energy saving features. It results in environmental friendly and successful operation during the entire year.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Becker Leonóra

Villány-Siklós Wine Route Association

Annex completed on: 05-18-2011

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