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Responsible Tourism

Having relocated from England to found the equestrian centre, Julian believes strongly in investing in and respecting the local community and the environment. All Stefan cel Mare holidays are operated in a manner to provide guests with an outstanding experience that has minimal impact on the environment, while providing maximum benefit to the local community.

Some examples of how Stefan cel Mare promotes responsible tourism:

Supporting the community

  • Fair wages and conditions for our staff.
  • High proportion of the centre’s income goes to people in the community through the purchase of local goods and services.
  • Hay and other animal feeds sourced locally.
  • Fair prices paid to our suppliers.

Promoting animal welfare

  • High standards of equine welfare.
  • Modern Natural Balance farriery.
  • Individual, professionally-fitted, and well-maintained saddlery for each horse.
  • Horses are never sold for live export or slaughter.

Carbon offsetting and emissions reduction

  • A carbon offsetting scheme is available for visitors travelling to Romania using international flights.
  • All centre vehicles are amongst the most fuel efficient in their class and meet the most modern European emissions standards.
  • The centre is heated using timber from sustainably-managed forests.
  • Low energy light bulbs are used throughout the property.

Recognition of Stefan cel Mare’s responsible tourism credentials

  • Member of responsibletravel.com in the UK and Sustainable Travel International in the U.S.
  • Nominated for the 2006 Responsible Tourism Awards.
  • The first equestrian centre to be accredited by the Association of Ecotourism in Romania.