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Greengage launches ECOsmart sustainable hotels and venues directory

Greengage Travel and Event Solutions has announced the launch of the ECOsmart Hotels and Venues Directory, which will showcase properties across the UK that "demonstrate an eco-friendly approach".

The programme is designed to make it easier for event organisers and corporate travellers looking for greener meeting or accommodation options.

Andrew Perolls, CEO of Greengage Travel and Event Solutions, said: “While Covid-19 absolutely dominated the corporate agenda in 2020 there is evidence that, with a vaccine-enabled end in sight, companies will be placing more emphasis on sustainability in business recovery, including sustainable travel and event solutions”.

A Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) poll revealed over 70% of travel managers believe it is "important to empower travellers to make sustainable travel choices".

Greengage’s ECOsmart programme aims to help meet the demand for greener solutions by assisting hotels and meeting venues in developing an eco-friendly approach and recognising achievement through the ECOsmart accreditation process. Successful properties receive awards at Bronze to Platinum levels and are showcased in the new online ECOsmart Directory. Alongside venue information, images and mapping each property’s sustainability qualities are highlighted to provide a first-rate representation of the eco-friendly features on offer.

Perolls commented on the launch: “Greengage is committed to supporting the trend towards greater sustainability in Travel and Events. We want to help equip hotels and venues with a competitive green advantage, ready for when the market starts to bounce back”.

Phase one of the ECOsmart rollout focuses predominantly on eco-friendly independent hotels, aparthotels and meetings venues, with further independent properties and sustainably focused hotel chains to be added to the network in the coming weeks. Greengage is also working alongside meeting and event agency partners to promote the green agenda.