There are different ways to conceive hospitality and, accordingly, a remarkable variety of facilities.
To simplify extremely: on one side, there are big structures, where organised groups can be hosted and where conferences or meeting can be held. On the other, there are small hotels or bed&breakfast where a visitor can breathe deeply the local atmosphere.
The aim of the Association of Small Traditional Hotels and Mountain Hospitality, created in 2004, is to promote this second kind of structure.
Lake Maggiore territory offers indeed not only big, historical hotels, but also a wide range of small traditional hotels disseminated all around the Alps.
The Association of Small Traditional Hotels and Mountain Hospitality gathers 11 accommodation facilities in the Province of Verbano Cusio Ossola, which share the same values: family hospitality, tradition, will to underline the positive qualities of the area. A list and descriptions of the hotels is available at the following link
For instance, great attention is devoted to the promotion of culinary traditions and local cultures, through festivals and cultural events which take place during spring and summer.
While staying in these structures, visitors can be involved in familiar meals, taste the genuine flavors of this territory and experience the warm hospitality of mountains’ inhabitants.
This small structures can offer not only a privileged view on the traditional local context, but also provide high quality services and meet different exigences.
Lago Maggiore has a remarkable environmental richness: thus, this structures are perfect for the visitors whishing to plunge in the nature, to hike or to explore the Lake and its surroundings, especially the mountains.
Small traditional Hotels are an asset for the territory: they upgrade the choice of structures, providing an exciting alternative for the increasing number of people looking for genuine reception.
The International Foundation for Environmental Education said on Tuesday that the number of blue flag beaches in Italy has risen again in 2013. Four more beaches were awarded this year bringing the total up to 135 flags for municipalities and a total of 248 beaches. Only four of these awards are for lakeside resorts and two of those were given to the region of Piedmont on Lake Maggiore. The towns of Cannobio and Cannero were given the awards – confirming their awards from 2012. This is a great achievement for the lake and adds to the sustainable profile of the region.
During the organization of the 2013 edition, which is going to take place from 21 to 23 may in Frankfurt, special attention has been devoted to the promotion of green practices in the meeting industry.
IMEX encourages environmental and social responsibility through the Green Team: a selection of projects committed to sustainability.
Lago Maggiore Meeting Industry is going to participate to IMEX with a 20 square meters stand.
Thanks to the adoption of several measures to promote sustainability in the local meeting industry, LMMI has been selected for the Green Team.
But which are the main requirements in order to be acknowledged as a green meeting operator?
First of all, the candidates are asked to complete 3 among the following tasks:
– asking clients if they are interested in learning about sustainable aspects or option related to meetings’ organization – thus amplifying the knowledge about Green Meetings;
– providing informational materials in digital format instead of printing brochures;
– recycling and reuse all the left over printed materials;
– adopting at least one additional sustainable option during IMEX, choosing among: the use of renewable energies, the use of re-usable carpet (or no carpet), the reuse of the stand.
LMMI has neatly adopted these requirements, which are fully in line with the overall approach of the project.
All the operators involved in LMMI, indeed, have adhered to a code implying the choice of green practices: reduction of waste and recycling, emissions abatement, promotion of sustainable culture among enterprises.
Thanks to this approach, Lago Maggiore is increasing the territory’s touristic appeal while maintaining high environmental protection standards.
LMMI will bring to IMEX the proof that a successful meeting industry can grow and develop a positive relation with the surrounding district by choosing a sustainable approach.