The Austrian Tirol makes its money in the Winter but Summer is when it really blossoms

The 'white gold' provided by Mother Nature is in effect the Austrian Tirol's paydirt, oiling the wheels of the local and wider economy and enabling the vast majority living in this stunning region of Central Europe to enjoy higher than national and EU-wide living standards. Notwithstanding the ability of both natural and artificial snow to…

Kitzbuehel: Hiking from the Bichlalm

Stymied by inclement weather for much of my first week on vacation in Kitzbuehel I was understandable eager to hit my stride, and belatedly acquire my mountain legs. A fine day was forecast; an archetypal autumnal mist hung over Kitzbuehel of the kind that easily evaporates once the sun gets to work. After a fifteen-minute…

Kitzb├╝hel: Shopping, Skiing, Hiking. In that order.

The allure of Kitzb├╝hel to the well-heeled is there for all to see. A short survey of the main street immediately highlights the Tirolean town's slavish devotion to luxury brands, and how those sashaying along its pristine thoroughfares are tacitly judged by their own attention, or lack of, to high-end couture and jewellery. For a…

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…