The world is getting greener, slowly but surely. People and businesses are recognising environmental issues, from saving energy, to reducing dependence on fossil fuels in order to protect our natural and cultural heritage. Mounting evidence shows that consumers are choosing services and products based on their impact on the natural environment.
As people become more aware of the impact their day to day actions have on the planet, evidence suggest they are eco-conscious when travelling away from home. With the click of a button, consumers can find out how sustainable and responsible a business is before booking. Making it easier for people to become ‘Green Tourists’.
Research by ABTA has found that one in five consumers (21%) say they are prepared to pay more for a holiday with a company that has a better environmental record or even choose them over another business if they have a better environmental record. Would you do the same? Why not give it a try – https://www.green-tourism.com/go-green/
Here at Old Thorns, we have strived to improve our ‘green footprint’ and are delighted that this has been recognised. In order to gain this accolate, we were assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, such as; energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.
From the report that was given to us after the assessment, we have highlighted areas that we want to improve so we can achieve a silver status. Old Thorns across all areas will continue to develop a green action plan and help raise awareness with all of our staff members to ensure our 4 star hotel resort is truly green, sustainable and eco-friendly.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme website has details and information on the criteria, case studies, news, and background to the scheme. This information can be accessed at: www.green-business.co.uk
“Old Thorns makes a great start in the Green Tourism programme demonstrating a number of green initiatives. Effort has clearly been made to make the site more sustainable for meetings and events with an EV charging point available, onsite water bottling as well as local food on the menu, giving a real flavour of the region and reducing potential transport impacts. New technologies such as widespread LED lighting and an efficient heating system will keep the day to day running costs down and help give a high quality green experience to the guests.
There are some nice procurement choices ‐ such as Eco pure water bottling, use of some local butcher for meat items and several fair trade teas and coffees. These should help to raise awareness with guests. A Tesla car charging point is in the car park encouraging more sustainable travel while mileage is kept down with staff accommodation onsite.
If future progress continues at the rate the site should have no real difficulty in targeting the next award level very soon indeed.”
Green Tourism Promotional Statement