myclimate awards: These are the pioneers in the tourism sector in 2016

A youth hostel, a Swiss travel agency, a climate initiative and a software provider – they are all different providers from the travel and tourism sector. But they all have one factor in common: they are all focusing on sustainable business, which is why they were honoured by myclimate at the world’s largest tourism exhibition.

Winners of 2016's myclimate awards, from left: Stefan Baumeister, Geschäftsführer myclimate Deutschland; Rainer Hageloch, AER Kooperation; Helmut Pilz, Umbrella; Claudio Juen, Dreamtime Travel; Tanja Arnold, Schweizer Jugendherbergen

This was the fifth time that myclimate awarded prizes at the leading tourism exhibition, <link - external-link "Opens external link in current window">ITB</link>, to companies that are taking a pioneering role when it comes to climate protection. 2016's winners are:  <link - external-link "Opens external link in current window">AER Cooperation</link>, <link - external-link "Opens external link in current window">Dreamtime Travel</link>, Software provider <link - external-link "Opens external link in current window">Umbrella</link> and the <link - external-link "Opens external link in current window">Swiss Youth Hostels</link>.

Swiss Youth Hostels received their second award in the hotel segment as “Pioneers for integrated climate protection”. Climate protection is an integral part of their booking process, and around 60% of the guests make use of this. The proceeds from this flow into international myclimate climate protection projects as well as internal measures for reducing the carbon footprints of the individual hostels.



The award in the category “Innovator in the area of travel agency cooperation” was bestowed upon the climate initiative of the AER working partnership. The Swiss travel agent Dreamtime Travel was awarded for its commitment as a "Pioneer for climate-aware travel management“. The software developer Umbrella received the “Pioneer infrastructure” award for the integration of carbon offsetting into its business processes.


The award-ceremony was conducted by myclimate Germany CEO Stefan Baumeister following the panel discussion on “The Paris agreement and its impacts on the tourism sector”. The top-class round-table consisted of Franzjosef Schafhausen from the <link - external-link "Opens external link in current window">Federal Ministry for the Environment</link>, Wybcke Meyer, CEO of <link - external-link "Opens external link in current window">TUI Cruises GmbH</link>, Peter-Mario Kubsch, CEO of <link - external-link "Opens external link in current window">Studiosus Reisen GmbH </link>and Stefan Baumeister.

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