Obergurgl: Landslide and Covid-19 heavily curtails summer season, bringing in to question its ‘off season’ future

It was once suggested to me by a hotelier in the Austrian lakeside resort of St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut that his Obergurgl counterparts did not need to be friendly as they were all already millionaires. Whether each were indeed already men and women of significant means, as was almost twenty years, remains in little doubt…

Only when the well becomes dry will the Alps appreciate the worth of its water

The effects on the Alps of increasingly hot summers can be seen in the shrinking of many of its permanent ice fields. Evidence of retreating glaciers is hardly revelatory but hand in hand with greater amounts of meltwater entering upland rivers is the lack of natural precipitation in the mountains, often leaving farmers with an…

Oetztal: Crumbling Hochwildehaus hut a sobering, but unheeded, example of local Climate Change

The fate of the iconic Hochwildehaus mountain hut high in the Tirol's Oetztal should serve as a warning to those who continue to deny the onrushing effects of Climate Change, and the short-sighted within Austria's insatiable ski community who insist upon putting financial interests ahead of the core values that have sought to protect unique…

Austrian Tirol: A limitless desire for more poses threat to its synonymous landscape

Promoting responsible tourism: what does this increasingly nebulous strapline now represent? Are we expecting responsible tourism to be defined by policies outlined by regional/national tourism associations - or shaped by the actions of those for whom the industry caters? In keeping with many strands of today's society tourists, without guidance or ordinance, are content to…