Specialist conference hotel chain QHotels has been awarded seven Gold and 15 Silver awards by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), the national sustainable tourism certification programme.
Qhotels were first audited by GTBS in 2009, since when certain properties have recorded 25 percent improvements in their score.
QHotels’ Managing Director and Chair of its CSR steering group, Michael Purtill said: “We are very proud of this achievement. We had a target to achieve at least one Gold award and to see an improvement in all hotel scores, so to be awarded with seven Gold accreditations and to witness the huge improvements at most hotels is an amazing achievement. Across all areas of our business, our green champions have worked tirelessly to achieve our CSR objectives, which include reducing our energy consumption this year by 15 per cent on 2008.”
Qhotels also reports that 126,000 worth of its recent conference business, offset the carbon used and supporting a run-of-the-river hydropower project in Brazil.
Jon Proctor, Technical Director of the GTBS, said: “Having chaired the committee which approved the Gold awards, I have been most impressed in the way that QHotels has raised standards across their hotels and considered local factors when establishing best practices. They can up be upheld as a great example to the industry.
“We were particularly impressed by The Midland hotel in Manchester city centre which achieved a Gold award and tackled food waste by installing a kitchen-based food digester along with a roof-top herb garden.”
“The Nottingham Belfry and Ashford International Hotel in Kent, also both Gold award winners, have become two of the first hotels in the UK to provide an electric car charging station to enable owners of Tesla electric cars to charge their eco-friendly vehicles.”
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