UK's leading green tourism sites celebrate award success

by Search Gate staff. Published Fri 21 Nov 2014 12:32, Last updated: 2014-11-21
Goldstar winners celebrate award success
Goldstar winners celebrate award success

More than 30 of the UK's most environmentally sustainable businesses have been honoured in this year's Green Tourism Goldstar Awards.

Accommodation providers, visitor attractions and events venues across England, Scotland, Wales , Northern Ireland and Canada were included in the annual event to celebrate those businesses and organisations that have done the most to promote sustainability within the tourism industry.

More than 2,400 eligible entries were whittled down by a panel of judges to a short list of just 60 contenders vying for one of 15 categories.

A total of 16 businesses were Highly Commended and 16 others were presented with a coveted Goldstar Award at a special ceremony held in the Palace Hotel, Manchester as part of the Green Tourism annual conference.

For the first time a new category for Green Tourism members in Canada was included in the Awards, along with an additional honour, called 'The Extra Sausage Award', presented to the person who has gone the extra distance to help promote sustainability within the industry and to consumers.

Now in its fourth year, the annual awards celebrate those businesses and organisations that have done the most to promote sustainability within the tourism industry by implementing cost-saving practices that help the environment, improve customer services and benefit the bottom line.

Andrea Nicholas, Director of Green Tourism, said: "The Goldstar Awards are a recognition of the best of the best when it comes to creating and maintaining a thriving sustainable tourism industry.

“The standard was exceptionally high. Just being shortlisted as finalist is a clear indication of just how dedicated and committed these businesses are in providing consumers with great service and value for money while at the same time championing the cause of sustainability.”

Green Tourism has been at the forefront of highlighting the importance of protecting environments, respecting local cultures, supporting communities, conserving natural resources and minimising pollution around the world for more than 17 years.

It is now the largest, and most rigorous, of its kind in the world and is the only certification programme independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) on behalf of VisitEngland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and endorsed by VisitScotland and Failte Ireland.

The winners of the Goldstar Awards 2014 were:

Best Activity Centre / Provider

Goldstar winner: Blancathra Field Studies Centre, Keswick, Cumbria Goldstar winner: Surf South West, Croyde, Devon

Highly Commended: Newlands Adventure Centre, Keswick, Cumbria

Best B&B; / Guest House

Goldstar winner: The Rumblie, Newtonmore, Inverness-shire

Highly Commended: Bryn Bella Guest House, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy

Best Campus Accommodation

Goldstar winner: Storm Jameson Court – East & West, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

Highly Commended: Agnes Blackadder Hall, St. Andrews, Fife.

Best Conference / Events Venue

Goldstar winner: Create Environment Centre, Bristol, Avon

Highly Commended: IET Glasgow: Teacher Building, Glasgow, Strathclyde

Best Holiday Park / Camping site

Goldstar winner: Dolbeare Park, Saltash, Cornwall

Highly Commended: Jollydays Glamping, York, North Yorkshire

Best Hostel

Goldstar winner: New Ing Lodge, Shap, Cumbria

Highly Commended: Iona Hostel, Lagandorain, isle of Iona

Best Hotel

Goldstar winner: City Hotel, Derry, Londonderry

Highly Commended: Bedruthan Hotel & Spa, Newquay, Cornwall, and Lancaster London, London,

Best Inn / Pub

Goldstar winner: The Miners Arms, Alston, Cumbria

Highly Commended: Stein Inn, Waternish, Isle of Skye

Best Museum

Gold Star winner: Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Telford, Shropshire

Highly Commended: Horniman Museum & Gardens, London

Best Nature Reserve

Goldstar winner: RSPB Loch Leven, Kinross, Perthshire

Highly Commended: WWT Welney, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire

Best Self-Catering

Goldstar winners: Hoe Grange Holidays, Matlock, Derbyshire and Merlin Farm Eco Cottages, Newquay, Cornwall

Highly Commended: Cranmer Country Cottages, Fakenham, Norfolk and Higher Wiscombe Ltd, Colyton, Devon

Best Tour Operator

Goldstar winner: C-N-DO Scotland Ltd, Stirling, Stirlingshire

Highly Commended: Sea Life Surveys, Tobermory, Isle of Mull

Visitor Attraction

Goldstar winner: Sealife Glass Bottom Boat, Gairloch, Ross-shire

Highly Commended: Ullswater Steamers, Glenridding, Cumbria

Green Tourism Canada

Goldstar winner: Bluewater Adventures, North Vancouver, BC.

Highly Commended: Maple Leaf Adventures, Central Victoria, BC.

People's Choice Award

Bryn Bella Guest House, Betws-y-Coed, Conwy

The Extra Sausage Award

Alistair Handyside of Higher Wiscombe Ltd, Colyton, Devon

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