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Green Tourism Goldstars for Glenmore Lodge & Scottish Seabird Centre

Two Wild Scotland members have been acknowledged as amongst Britain’s most environmentally friendly businesses by being awarded Goldstars at the Green Tourism Awards.

The coveted Green Tourism Business Scheme Awards were presented to eight of the UK’s most sustainability-minded businesses working within the tourism industry at a special event in Edinburgh on May 25.

Founded by the internationally renowned Green Tourism Business Scheme the awards honour those businesses and organisations that have done the most to promote sustainability within the industry by implementing cost-saving practices that help the environment, improve customer services and benefit the bottom line.

The winners, which include three from England and five from Scotland, were chosen from over 2,300 green tourism companies assessed for their innovation, cost savings and green ambassadorship during 2011-2012

The winners are:

  • Best Activity Centre –  Glenmore Lodge, Aviemore, Inverness-shire
  • Best B&B and Guest House –  The Old Rectory, Boscastle, Cornwall.
  • Best Holiday Park and Camping Site –  Argyll Cabins, Arrochar, Argyll & Bute
  • Best Conference Centre –  Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, Glasgow.
  • Best Hostel and Bunkhouse –  Deepdale Backpackers Hostel, Norfolk.
  • Best Hotel –  Lancaster London, London.
  • Best Self-Catering Accommodation –  Bluebell Croft, Strontian, Argyll.
  • Best Visitor Attraction – Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick.

Two other special awards were presented to the Shepreth Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire, which won the  People’s Choice Award – as voted for by members of the public, and the Best Western Kings Manor Hotel in Edinburgh which received recognition for being the first business in the UK to join the GTBS scheme 15 years ago.

“The Goldstar Awards are a recognition of the best of the best,” said Andrea Nicholas, Director of the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

“The Awards are intended to honour the highest GTBS achievers of the last 12 months in terms of innovation, ambassadorship and cost savings. A total of 52 green tourism businesses were shortlisted for the final this year, out of more than 2,300 possible contenders. Everyone is an exemplar in the promotion and practice of sustainability. Unfortunately, there can only be a handful of overall winners but I have been hugely impressed by the efforts made by all the finalists. They have demonstrated how it is possible to be environmentally concious and successful and are prime examples of how going green makes good business sense.”

This year’s ceremony, at the Macdonald Holyrood Hotel in Edinburgh, was sponsored by Triodos, the sustainable bank and follows a week of activities throughout the UK to celebrate Green Tourism Week.

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