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    Riyadh Air joins United Nations Global Compact

    Riyadh Air, Saudi Arabia’s new world-class airline, has announced it has joined the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative that promotes responsible business practices and the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).In a letter to António Guterres UN Secretary General, Riyadh Air CEO Tony Douglas officially committed Riyadh Air to implementing the Ten Principles of the UN Global Compact. As active participants of the UNGC, Riyadh Air will adopt sustainable and socially responsible policies in areas such as human rights, labor, environment, and anti-corruption and report on progress on these efforts regularly.
    As part of its aim to support the advancement of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) working alongside partners and stakeholders to drive progress towards these goals by 2030. Riyadh Air will also publish its first Sustainability Report in advance of its maiden in mid-2025.
    Tony Douglas CEO Riyadh Air said, “At Riyadh Air, we are conscious of our environmental impact and committed to actively contributing to the Kingdom’s sustainability goals, adopting world-class practices and leading our industry in integrating ESG into every area of our business.”
    “Our modern Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft and GeNX 1B engine are widely acknowledged for their improved environmental impact considerations, and more broadly ESG strategies are front and center to every aspect of how Riyadh Air operates. We pledge to take no shortcuts and sustainability will run throughout the airline, from flight and ground operations to the office culture, to transportation and even to Riyadh Air employees at home. As a start-up airline this a golden opportunity to do the right thing in the right way, from Day 1,” continued Douglas.
    Launched in July 2000 the UNGC is a voluntary UN agreement designed to encourage companies from around the world to develop, implement and disclose responsible and sustainable corporate policies and practices. Through the UNGC Riyadh Air will also benefit from access to a wide range of tools and resources to enhance learning, training and development for its team in all areas of sustainability. ADVERTISEMENTIbrahim Alhelali, Executive Director, UNGC said, “We are pleased to announce that Riyadh Air has joined the UN Global Compact network in Saudi Arabia. Their commitment to aviation sustainability is evident in their decision to join the network one year prior to commencing operations, showcasing their dedication to responsible business practices.”
    Set to take to the skies in 2025, Riyadh Air aims to become the world’s most forward-thinking carrier embracing the best sustainability practices, elevating air travel, and setting a new standard for reliability, comfort, and hospitality. As a full-service and digitally-native carrier, Riyadh Air will pioneer new technologies and innovations whilst offering guests authentic and warm Saudi hospitality.
    As a catalyst for the National Transport and Logistics Strategy playing a key role in contributing to Saudi Arabia’s wider economic diversification and jobs creation, toward realizing Vision 2030 goals, Riyadh Air is set to fly to more than 100 destinations, contribute to KSA non-oil GDP growth by USD 20 billion and directly and indirectly creating over 200,000 new jobs globally and locally.

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    What To Do In Unveils The Ultimate Guide to Fuerteventura: The Hawaii of Europe

    What To Do In, a pioneering travel company known for its in-depth and insider guides to the world’s most captivating destinations, is thrilled to announce the launch of a new featured section on its website dedicated exclusively to Fuerteventura, often celebrated as the Hawaii of Europe.This set of comprehensive guides is the result of an extensive five-month exploration of the island, where our team ventured over 2,500 kilometres across every corner and hidden beach, to bring our audience the most detailed and immersive content about Fuerteventura’s tourist attractions, accommodations, dining, towns, beaches, activities, and trails for hiking and cycling.
    With its miles of pristine white sand beaches, Fuerteventura offers an unparalleled escape into nature’s marvels, making it a must-visit destination for travellers seeking both relaxation and adventure. Our new featured section goes beyond the surface to uncover the essence of Fuerteventura, offering insights and tips gathered from local experts and our own first hand experiences.
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    What To Do In’s Fuerteventura guides are designed to cater to every type of traveller. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking for your next adrenaline rush, a family in search of child-friendly activities, or a couple seeking a romantic getaway, our guides have something for everyone. From the bustling markets of its charming towns to the tranquillity of its secluded beaches and the exhilarating paths of its hiking and cycling trails, Fuerteventura is a gem waiting to be discovered.
    Discover Hidden GemsADVERTISEMENTOur dedication to exploring every far-flung corner of the island means that readers will have access to hidden gems not found in other guides. We encourage journalists, news editors, and travel enthusiasts to dive into our guides and share the beauty of Fuerteventura with the world. Our aim is not just to inspire travel but to empower travellers to experience the unique culture, breath taking landscapes, and vibrant life of Fuerteventura.
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    British Airways Pioneers Green Ground Operations with Heathrow Investment

    British Airways is embarking on a multi-million-pound investment programme to overhaul its ground support equipment at Heathrow Airport, as part of its commitment to reducing emissions both in the air and on the ground. The airline will gradually be replacing its ground vehicles at Heathrow, such as vans and cars, cargo transporters and passenger steps, moving towards hybrid or electric alternatives where available. Already, more than 90% of British Airways’ vehicles and ground equipment at Heathrow are either zero emissions electrical equipment when being used or driven, (hybrids) or are operating on hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) fuel.
    Improvements include: 
    Replacing more than 750 pieces of ground equipment, including fuel bowsers from fossil fuel to HVO. HVO is an interim measure whilst the airline gradually transitions to zero-emissions (when being used or driven) or hybrid equipment. Supplied by the airline’s current sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) supplier, Phillips 66, the use of HVO is anticipated to save more than 6,000 tonnes of CO2 per year compared to traditional diesel fuel, the equivalent of more than 8,000 round-trip economy passenger journeys between London Heathrow and JFK*.Replacing all diesel passenger aircraft steps with electric alternatives. This aims to reduce fuel consumption by more than 370 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, based on previous diesel usage, which is the equivalent of more than 500 round-trip economy passenger journeys between London Heathrow and JFK*. Many of the electric steps will be in full service by the end of the year.Phasing out its fleet of 20 diesel-powered vehicles which support the loading and unloading of cargo containers onto aircraft, replacing them with Hybrid Electric models.Introducing 135 new electric baggage tugs, accounting for 40% of our tugs, to transport customer’s luggage. This improved battery and charging technology utilises highly efficient lithium-ion battery technology, requiring less energy and producing 30% less C02 when in use compared to traditional lead acid batteries. We are working closely with our supply chain in order to recycle as many battery components as possible at the end of life.Gradually phasing out all 38 diesel passenger buses over the next two years, with 23 expected to be fully electric and the remaining 15 operating on HVO fuel, with a large charging park at Heathrow now in the early stages of development. The use of these vehicles is expected to save 800 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, helping to reduce negative air quality impacts around the Heathrow area.
    Tom Moran, British Airways’ Director of Heathrow, said: “At British Airways, we are committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner and our focus isn’t just about reducing emissions in the air, but on the ground too. This major investment into our vehicles at Heathrow is our largest investment in more sustainable airport ground operations to date and is part of our wider environmental objective to minimise emissions from our airside ground operation. We’re proud of the work we are doing in this space and are excited to continue improving the running of our ground operations at Heathrow.”
    Carrie Harris, British Airways’ Director of Sustainability said: “I am incredibly proud of this project, which has been driven by our Heathrow ground operations teams and encapsulates our BA Better World ethos of raising awareness of our strategy to all of our colleagues, and inspiring them to play a part in minimising our environmental impact where possible. Their energy, enthusiasm and innovative approach in bringing the project to life shows what can be achieved and this investment demonstrates our ongoing commitment to making improvements across our business that will benefit both our customers and colleagues.ADVERTISEMENTThese improvements form part of British Airways’ £7 billion investment in transformation across many aspects of its business over the next three years. They also build on previous ground improvements made by the airline, including the introduction of electric and hybrid cars for driving airside-based colleagues around the airside roadways, using remote-controlled pushback vehicles, called Mototoks, for short-haul aircraft and ensuring aircraft plug into electricity at Heathrow when on stand to help power the lights and air conditioning.

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    Weeva’s Sustainability Standard Attains Prestigious GSTC-Recognized Status

    The Global Sustainable Tourism Council® (GSTC®) recently announced that the ‘Weeva Sustainability Management Standard’ has gained GSTC-Recognized Standard status, fully recognised as equivalent to the GSTC Industry Criteria.
    Weeva is an award winning SaaS platform that enables tourism businesses to adopt measurable and holistic sustainability practices to improve operational efficiency and build resilience, driving positive impact for people and the planet. Focused on 18 parameters across Conservation, Culture, Community, and Commerce, Weeva enables accommodation providers to monitor, manage, improve and report upon their sustainability using a comprehensive suite of digital tools, educational guides, analytics and reports.
    The GSTC-Recognized status refers to the standard itself, indicating that a sustainable tourism standard has been reviewed by GSTC technical experts and the GSTC Assurance Panel and deemed the content of the standard equivalent to the GSTC Criteria for sustainable tourism. It shows that the set of standards is based on the four pillars of the GSTC Criteria: Sustainable Management, Socioeconomic, Cultural, and Environmental principles.
    GSTC Recognition of Standards does not relate to the process of certification (which is a third-party assessment, through an audit, of a tourism enterprise for conformity to a standard). GSTC Recognition of Standards does not relate to accreditation (formal verification that a certification body operates in a competent and neutral manner according to international standards of how to properly certify, which is the highest level of assurance).Currently, 15 destination standards, 20 tour operator standards, 44 hotel standards, and 5 systems have achieved GSTC-Recognized status. The status offers the market proof that these standards adhere to international norms. GSTC Recognition does not ensure that a certification process is reliable, only that the set of standards used to certify are equivalent to the GSTC Criteria. GSTC-Recognized standard owners are encouraged to follow and complete the accreditation process, which assures that the certification process used to apply the standard meets international best practices, transparency, and rigor.
    “We’re so excited to have achieved this recognition from the GSTC. Our team of experts has worked tirelessly over many months to ensure that our sustainability management system, including all our supporting best-practice educational guides, tools and reporting for continuous improvement, meet the incredibly high standards and benchmarks set by the GSTC.” says Julie Cheetham, Managing Director and Co-founder of Weeva. ADVERTISEMENT“We congratulate Weeva for embracing the Four Pillars of the GSTC Criteria, which entails adopting a holistic perspective on sustainability; going beyond just environmental factors, and including the deep impact on communities, a broad spectrum of social and cultural dimensions,  and the development of effective management to ensure continual progress,” says Randy Durband, CEO of GSTC.
    The stated scope of the standard is ‘Hotels and other accommodation providers’ with global geographical coverage. The GSTC Recognition is valid until either the standard or the GSTC Industry Criteria are changed.

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    IHG Hotels & Resorts Partners with RB Leipzig to Offer Exclusive Rewards for Loyalty Members

    IHG Hotels & Resorts, one of the world’s leading hotel companies has just launched new and unforgettable experiences for its IHG One Rewards members thanks to the ongoing partnership with German football club RB Leipzig. The partnership gives IHG One Rewards members more choice and more rewards, putting football fans at the heart of the action by offering once-in-a-lifetime experiences throughout the season.
    Available now, on a first come first served basis, IHG invites IHG One Rewards members to redeem and bid their loyalty points on exclusive VIP packages for RB Leipzig games – granting access to exciting matches with numerous extras and behind-the-scenes glimpses.
    With 96* open IHG hotels across Germany spanning multiple well-known brands, including InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Hotel Indigo, Holiday Inn Hotels & Resorts and Holiday Inn Express, travelling football fans will have plenty of options when deciding where to stay as they support RB Leipzig this football season. Loyalty members and guests can explore more of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ more than 6,000 hotels and 19 global brands in Germany and beyond via the IHG One Rewards mobile app – all in the palm of their hand.A VIP experience for two at the men’s Bundesliga match against VfL Wolfsburg on April 13 or against Borussia Dortmund on the weekend of April 27, 2024.
    The package includes:
    A tour of the RB Leipzig Football Academy on the day before the match and VIP stadium tour on match dayTwo VIP day tickets for the men’s Bundesliga matches on level 8 (“Rathausblick”)A meet & greet with a player from the RB Leipzig men’s team after the matchAuction closes April 8th 2024 for Borussia Dortmund and March 25th 2024 for VfL WolfsburgA VIP experience for two at the women’s Bundesliga match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on April 19, 2024.ADVERTISEMENTThe package includes:
    Two VIP tickets for the women’s Bundesliga matchA joint meet & greet with a player from the RB Leipzig women’s team (expected after the match)Auction closes April 1st 2024Two VIP tickets for the women’s Bundesliga match against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on April 19, 2024.
    The package includes:
    Food and beverages in the VIP loungeAccess to the VIP area one hour before kick-offAuction closes April 1st 2024For detailed information on redeeming points for fan packages, visit To learn more about the IHG One Rewards loyalty programme, visit The mobile app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

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    Saudi’s NEOM launches lagoon project ‘Treyam’ with world’s longest sky pool

    NEOM’s Board of Directors has introduced Treyam, a top-tier resort situated at the intersection of breathtaking desert vistas and the serene sea. With a bold design that minimises its impact on the land, Treyam provides guests with a refined sanctuary to relax, rejuvenate, and immerse themselves in the splendor of nature.As the newest addition to NEOM, the dynamic regional development unfolding in northwest Saudi Arabia, Treyam occupies a strategic position overlooking one of the most stunning azure lagoons at the southern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba.
    Positioned as a luxurious portal to active living, Treyam features striking bridge-like architecture spanning the northern and southern shores, housing a 250-room luxury resort.
    The bridge’s innovative design creates a mesmerising sunset-like illusion from afar, while offering sweeping views of the tidal lagoon and expansive skies from its upper and lower levels, seamlessly blending into the surrounding landscape and preserving the natural integrity of the coastline.

    The allure of Treyam continues with its 450-metre-long rooftop infinity pool, perched 36 meters above the sea. Here, guests are treated to an unforgettable experience, seemingly suspended in the air with panoramic views of the lagoon, vibrant corals, and tranquil waters stretching to the horizon.ADVERTISEMENTDesigned for exploration and adventure, Treyam offers a diverse array of exhilarating activities, including sailing, diving, water sports, and land-based pursuits. Guests can also indulge in state-of-the-art health and wellness facilities, luxurious spa treatments, and a selection of gourmet cuisines and fine dining options.Combining futuristic architecture with the region’s natural beauty, Treyam delivers an unmatched visitor experience just moments away from THE LINE. Its meticulous design sets a new standard for luxury and sustainable resort living.
    In harmony with NEOM’s dedication to conservation and innovation, Treyam seamlessly integrates into its coastal ecosystem.

    Its unveiling follows the recent announcement of sustainable tourism initiatives across the Gulf of Aqaba, including Leyja, Epicon, Siranna, Utamo, Norlana, Aquellum, Zardun, Xaynor, Elanan, and Gidori, which collectively embody this commitment to preservation and innovation in the vibrant region.

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    Cascais gains Green Destination platinum status

    Cascais gains Green Destination platinum statusThis award is a great recognition for the region’s sustainable approach to tourism. The Platinum certification is awarded to tourist destinations that are guided by a code of ethics, that rigorously monitors tourism, that are based on strategic planning and that have sustainability indicators in the field of tourism.
    “This award recognises Cascais as a destination with great environmental quality, not only for what it offers to those who visit us but, above all, for the involvement of the entire community in the development of environmentally fair solutions for the people who live here. Cascais aims to be the best place to live for a day, a week or a lifetime, and that is why we have increased the area of green spaces, the number of trees planted, and we have seen an increase in biodiversity, both in protected and urban areas. Community gardens, smooth mobility, free and non-polluting public transport, energy creation are all part of Cascais’s present days. This award is recognition of the work done”, says Luís Almeida Capão, Municipal Director of Environment and Sustainability at Cascais City Council.
    Over the years, Cascais has stood out for its commitment to sustainability, as evidenced by the various awards and certifications received. From winning the QualityCoast Silver award in 2013 to the recent recognition with the QualityCoast Gold award in 2021, Cascais has demonstrated a continued commitment to protecting the environment and the well-being of its community.
    This award was announced at the ITB Berlin 2024 Fair, a fair dedicated to the tourism industry. This award reflects the work that the municipality has been carrying out in order to obtain certification from the GSTC (Global Sustainable Tourism Council) in the future, which establishes and manages global standards for sustainable travel and tourism.

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    What’s New This Summer, in the Austrian Tirol?

    As the snow melts, the flowers bloom, and the cows return to their lush-green pastures, the Austrian Tirol gets ready for a vibrant summer season.
    This year, the renowned Aqua Dome in the Tirolean Ötztal celebrates its 20th anniversary with a major refurbishment, a stylish Summit Spa now graces Das Central Hotel in Sölden, new hiking, running and biking trails criss-cross the mountains, and those with a love of heights can make the most of several innovative via ferrata routes.NEW ACCOMMODATION
    Retro Henri Hotel in KitzbühelDivided into seven categories, 84 rooms, from Petite Cabinets to XL Studios, are accommodated in the new Henri Hotel next to Kitzbühel railway station. Guests can look forward to a welcoming, retro style with warm hospitality and modern comforts. The hotel kitchen serves a hearty breakfast, a Tirolean ‘Marend’, or snacks, during the day, and a late-night drink in the evening. Guests can also relax in the small Henri Spa & Gym complete with sauna, steam bath, indoor pool and gym after a day exploring the alps.
    Stay surrounded by nature, at Kurblhof Leutasch in SeefeldThe recently renovated Kurblhof in Leutasch offers plenty of space in which to relax. Young hotelier, Theresa Klimitsch, already runs the multi-award-winning Bio-Landpension Monika opposite; she has recently expanded her range of services with the addition of an organic-wooden house. Seven comfortable apartments, with stunning clay and silver-fir walls, are housed in the Kurblhof, powered and heated by geothermal energy and solar power. All units have a kitchen and sofa bed, while the top floor features saunas and a relaxation room with views of the Kurblhang. A farm shop with organic specialities from the region, massage room, yoga and exercise room and a large natural garden complete the facilities on offer.
    Wellness area at Family Resort Buchau in AchenseeNestled between the peaks of the Rofan and Karwendel mountains and glittering Lake Achensee, Familienresort Buchau will open a new wellness area with infinity pool and sun deck in May 2024. The children’s water world and private beach (directly on the shore of Lake Achensee) are also being expanded. Guests will be able to look forward to relaxing in spherical loungers and comfy recliners by the lake. New suites, including the exclusive penthouse suite, will also ensure future magical holiday moments. retreat in KaiserwinklLake Walchsee in Kaiserwinkl is set to welcome a superb new hotel on its shores. Walchsee Aktivresort is adding a Lakeside Annexe, home to 22 luxurious suites with exclusive facilities and direct access to the reflective waters. The hotel’s own restaurant offers an impressive breakfast buffet in the morning and fine dining in the evening, all accompanied by views of the lake. When there, sign up to the “Move & Relax” programme, which offers a varied exercise itinerary in nature and in the resort.
    Relaxed stay at Der LERMOOSER in Tiroler Zugspitz ArenaUnder the roof of a listed railway station, in Lermoos, Der LERMOOSER offers eight rooms with 26 beds, a modern communal kitchen, a welcoming waiting room, and a kiosk that is also open to non-residents. Der LERMOOSER is somewhere between a hotel and a bed and breakfast, wrapped in a homely and comfortable style that accommodates singles and families alike. All this can be found at the foot of Mount Zugspitze, a paradise for hikers, mountain bikers and nature lovers.
    BIGSEVEN holiday apartments in PillerseetalThe new BIGSEVEN holiday apartments are centrally located at the foot of the Buchensteinwand, with the imposing Jakobskreuz in Tirol’s Pillerseetal as a backdrop. All apartments come with spacious private balconies and a warming sauna with views of the surrounding mountains. The two “Panorama” and “Panorama Luxe” holiday apartments offer plenty of space and creature comforts, and have everything guests need to feel at home. Plus, services such as fresh bread deliveries, mountain railway tickets, and guided activities and equipment hire can be booked directly on site.
    Peaceful retreat at Haus Aerli in EhrwaldSimple and unpretentious on the outside, airy and clear on the inside – welcome to the new Aerli, a small residential and apartment building in Ehrwald, in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. Large panoramic windows, local materials, a façade made of natural wood and three pitched roofs create the modern interpretation of a Tirolean hay barn. Guests can rent three holiday apartments for two to four people, or the whole house, and enjoy a retreat with sauna, swimming pond and small library.
    Adult-only stay in Wipptal ValleyAn old farmhouse in Navis, in the Wipptal Valley, has been completely renovated and will soon be welcoming guests (adults only) in three holiday apartments known as ‘Stadl’. Situated at 1,500 metres above sea level, the Feiserhof is the ideal destination for mountain sports enthusiasts. The holiday apartments are furnished in modern style, fully equipped and all have a balcony or terrace.
    Sustainable concept at Zellrooms in ZillertalThe new Zellrooms in the centre of Zell am Ziller in the Zillertal valley now plants a tree for every night spent in an apartment. The host’s fundamental concept is simple: everyone can make a small contribution to a sustainable approach to nature. As a result, the four newly built holiday apartments for two to four people are not only stylishly furnished and fully equipped, but also created in accordance with a sustainable philosophy.
    Panorama-Schützensteig trail at Glungezer in Hall-Wattens RegionThe new circular Panorama-Schützensteig trail in the Hall-Wattens region leads from the Tulfein cable car mountain station via the Hirschvogelsteig to Bärenbaderjöchl and back to the original starting point. The route is approximately four-and-a-half kilometres with an elevation difference of around 250 metres (and takes nearly two hours) on Mount Glungezer. While hiking, enjoy fantastic views of the Inntal Valley and the opposing Karwendel mountains. Thanks to its easy accessibility, the trail is suitable for all ability levels.
    The sunny Sunnenseite’n trail in StubaitalGuests can now hike on the sunny slopes of the Stubaital Valley on the new Sunnenseite’n trail from Fulpmes to Neustift. A suspension bridge longer than hundred metres forms the trail’s highlight, offering views of Neustift and the head of the valley with the Stubai Glacier. The trail is 7.5 kilometres long and leads from the middle station of the Schlick2000 Hiking Centre in Fulpmes along a new forest path to Kartnall Guesthouse in Neustift. Thanks to its sunny location at medium altitude, the Sunnenseite’n Weg is accessible almost all year round.
    Mountain Biking
    Kaunertal signposts and authorises mountain bike routes for the first timeFrom summer 2024, Kaunertal Valley in the Tirolean uplands has officially signposted and authorised mountain bike routes for the very first time. The predominantly leisurely tours lead along forest trails to scenic locations and include great places to stop for refreshments at mountain huts. Choose from routes to the Aifner Alm, Mount Langetsberg or the Kaltenbrunn Pilgrimage Circuit.
    An ambitious ride on the Marchkopf Tour in ZillertalA new connection leading to the Rastkogelhütte offers a varied route via Sidanjoch and the Zillertaler Höhenstraße Alpine Road. The Marchkopf Tour is 43.6 kilometres long and, with 1,980 metres of ascent and a duration of more than five hours, it is relatively challenging. Ambitious bikers can even extend the tour to a mega ride encompassing five mountain passes, 76 kilometres in length, and 3,720 metres in altitude.
    Thrilling “Silva Trails” in Galtür, Paznaun-IschglFrom summer 2024, the new “Silva Trails” Bike Trail Park in Galtür will offer a range of paths from easy flows to technically challenging single tracks, as well as special routes for children and families. Home to a circuit, a practice area, two jump lines, pump track and four trails, the park is perfect for beginners and experienced bikers alike. Thrills are guaranteed thanks to a gradient of 2-10% on the trail that descends from 1,970 metres to 1,630 metres above sea level.
    Two fun trails in Tiroler Zugspitz ArenaA new flow trail on the Grubigstein in Lermoos provides biking excitement for every skill level. Take the Grubigstein cable car or ride up the mountain via the forest road, where guests will find the 2.8-kilometre new Bachl Trail at the middle station. Enjoy numerous bends, rollers and jumps – all of which provide adrenalin-inducing fun, while various lines offer great entertainment for beginners and advanced riders. In addition, the Schlägle Trail has undergone a major reshape; it offers an improved descent while retaining its natural character.
    First adaptable via ferrata in NaudersThe new Goldgrat via ferrata in Nauders, on the Reschen Pass, not only offers expansive, sweeping views, but its design allows it to be adapted to different levels of ability. Featuring five stations, it teaches climbers the most important basics of via ferrata climbing, making the route from Goldgrat to the 2,912-metre high Bergkastelspitze, the first educational via ferrata trail in the Alps with guests being able to improve as they climb.
    A family-friendly climbing area in St. Jodok in WipptalThe new climbing area at Stafflacher Wand in St. Jodok in the Wipptal Valley is ideal for families and easily accessible by public transport, thanks to its proximity to St. Jodok railway station. The six sections of routes, with difficulty levels ranging from three to nine, means both climbing novices and pros will be in their element.
    Bigger climbing area at Verpeil Gorge in KaunertalImpressive rock formations and numerous boulders make climbing in the Kaunertal Valley in the Tirolean uplands particularly attractive, which is why the programme has now been extensively expanded. The family friendly “Verpeilschlucht” climbing area, with 15 new routes, has been created at the entrance to the Verpeilschlucht Gorge in the main town of Feichten. A 140-metre-long climbing route is also being built on the rock face in Feichten, which is more than 100 metres high. The new attraction is rounded off by the spectacular “Schwarzwand” viewing platform.
    Trail Running
    Five fresh trail running routes in Erste Ferienregion in ZillertalDiscover five new trail running routes in the Erste Ferienregion in the Zillertal Valley, inviting keen runners to explore as they run on fantastic Alpine trails up to Kellerjoch, through the mountain landscapes of Hochfügen, or over a long mountain ridge to three peaks in the upper Zillertal Valley. Several of the routes can be combined; easier or harder trail running laps can be completed depending on mood and fitness level.
    An original Cross-Trail powered by LEKI in Paznaun-Ischgl“Cross Trail” is the name of the most original form of trail running, and the Paznaun-Ischgl region will be offering the perfect route from summer 2024. Nine new, signposted tracks lead through technically challenging and often rocky terrain. The starting points for the tours, which combine brisk hiking with running in the high mountains, are the cable car stations or bus stops in Paznaun. Plus, LEKI poles are available for hire in the sports shops in the valley.
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