In Utrecht (Netherlands) the "International Mountain Sports Day" of the Dutch Alpine Association was held on Sunday, 13th March, with more than 5,000 visitors . The highlight of this event was the award of individual holiday regions and mountain sports athletes with the International Mountain Sports Award for special services and merits in the areas of hiking, mountaineering and climbing. The region Hohe Tauern National Park was awarded this year as the best European hiking destination in the regions of Gran Paradiso (Italy), Skye (Great Britain) and Picos de Europa (Spain).
Also decisive for the award of the "Mountain Sports Oskar" was the hosting of the World Hiking Championships this September in Mittersill. "The World Cup is an award for Mittersill, the Oberpinzgau and the entire region Hohe Tauern National Park. It is also an opportunity to inspire people from all over the world who are wandering enthusiasts of our hospitality and unique landscape with impressive three-thousand-meter mountains, forests, gorges, mountain streams and lakes, "says Tourism Secretary Wilfried Haslauer. "Essential criteria for the award of the Dutch Alpine Association were our investments in the past years in the trails and the corresponding signage, the extensive matching map material and the presentation of our tours on the Internet, the certified partner companies and not least the organization of the 2016 World Championships in Mittersill , "Holiday Region Managing Director Christian Wörister is pleased about the international award.