Published on : Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Tory Bush Cottages, Bryansford, the Pyjama Factory, Bushmills, Hemp Cottage, Crossgar, Gracey’s Barn, Newry and Blair’s Caravans, Portrush all recently received awards.
The awards were presented by the Green Tourism Business Scheme, a not-for-profit sustainable tourism certification scheme which provides a supported approach to addressing environmental issues for members, culminating in an assessment by a qualified environmental auditor.
2014 has seen a 30% increase in membership of the Green Tourism in NI, with a total of 18 NI tourism businesses members in the scheme.
Earlier this year, the Belmore Court Hotel, Enniskillen received a Gold Green Tourism Award, the highest level of green award offered by the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Jury’s Hotel Belfast and the City Hotel, Derry are also recipients of the prestigious Gold Award.
With more than 2300 members in the UK, Ireland and Canada, Green Tourism is one of the world’s most highly rated certification schemes and the largest scheme of its kind in Europe.
Many members report significant savings on energy costs and waste bills thanks to the advice and support available.
A green award can also help businesses to tap into a growing market of consumers who are seeking out businesses which are environmentally and socially aware.
Visitor intelligence indicates that women, the under 34s and visitors from Europe are most likely to find a green award appealing.