Over 100 leading green tourism professionals gathered at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in London, 9 June, to see environmental campaigner and writer Tony Juniper present the first Green Tourism Week Awards.
Endorsed by tourism agency VisitEngland, the Green Tourism Week (6-12 June) and awards were organised by the Green Tourism Business Scheme the aim of highlighting the bottom-line benefits of green-mindedness to tourism businesses.
Four categories of award were presented, including the Goldstar awards with ten winners (including Maximillion Events, Edinburgh) representing the highest GTBS achievers of the last 12 months in terms of innovation, ambassadorship and cost savings. There were also a Best Performance for Carbon Reduction in a Hotel Chain Award (won by Ramada Jarvis); a Best Performance for Lowest Carbon Footprint Award, (five winners) and a ‘Green Traveller’ award for a environmentally-considerate celebrity traveller (Nicholas Crane).
“Going green sometimes seems to involve sacrifice, or somehow going against the interests of good business,” said Tony Juniper, “The winners of the Goldstar award demonstrate that the opposite is in fact the case.”
Andrea Nicholas, Managing Director of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, said holding a focused Green Week with an awards ceremony was “a great platform to get out the message that being green can benefit your bottom-line”.
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