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Board Member – Georg Gerharter

I have been on the board of Rural Tourism International Training Network since October 2007 and I would like to inform you about my role as a rural tourism / organic farmer from Austria.

 

Along with my wife and family we are mountain farmers in the Austrian province of Styria and run a farm holiday business (“Urlaub am Bauernhof”).  The whole family is involved in the business, my wife, Christine, our two children (13 and 14), my parents, one employee and of course me! When we took over the farm 12 years ago there were just a dozen guest beds. We have gradually built on that so that we now have 50 guest beds with an average occupancy of 170 nights per bed per year. In the course of time we have achieved a good base of regular customers.

 

We have two high seasons. In summer people come to enjoy the countryside and in winter for winter sports. Spring and autumn are a bit quieter but in autumn we get good business with ramblers who come for walking and the autumn colours. In spring a few people come to see the lovely alpine flowers.  We are proud of the way that offer tourism services to our guests and advocate that the environment is there to be enjoyed, but we must not destroy it!

 

On the farming side we have an organic dairy herd of 20 cattle and I am the Chairperson of an Organic Farmers Association which has 600 members.  We do our best to show country life as it really is, without any pretence. I think people usually come back again because they appreciate the honest down to earth atmosphere of the countryside.

 

I am enthusiastic about my role a Board member of Rural Tourism International Training Network and I believe that I bring a sense of the needs of the farming community to the Board.  I believe that RTITN can help to coordinate and develop rural tourism training initiatives which can be implemented in rural communities throughout Europe and beyond.  I am looking forward to making new contacts and working with farmers and trainers who want to acquire skills in the area of rural tourism in 2009.

 

A good informative website is essential to market rural tourism in today’s world of fast communications and you can find out everything about us on www.simonbauer.at

 

 

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