Council launches first Green Tourism Scheme for local businesses
Malvern Hills District Council is recognising the efforts of local tourism businesses in reducing their impact on the environment with its very own scheme.
The council is the first local authority to launch the Green Tourism Accreditation Scheme which offers Green Mark accreditation specifically for tourism and hospitality businesses operating across The Malverns.
The Green Mark promotes a commitment for adopting greener tourism business practices and tourism businesses will become part of a Visit The Malverns Sustainable Tourism Business Group.
Local hospitality businesses have already achieved a Green Mark, including The Cottage in the Wood Hotel located in Great Malvern, with a commitment to reducing the hotels impact on the natural environment.
The Fold in Bransford has also been awarded the Green Mark for their commitment to adopting greener practices and educating others about the benefits.
Other businesses include Rowley Farm Holidays, Black Dog Adventures and Hazelhurst Farm.
Cllr Daniel Walton, Portfolio Holder for Tourism and Economic Development at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "This is a great opportunity for our outstanding tourism businesses to get involved, and play an important role in helping the area become a recognised green tourism destination."
Victoria Carman, Visitor Economy Officer at Malvern Hills District Council said: "It's fantastic news to see so many businesses interested in the Greek Mark programme. The first businesses to be awarded the Green Mark showed great commitment in adopting greener practices and I know there will be many more to follow".
Businesses are encouraged to take the Sustainable Tourism Quiz, to help measure where they are in relation to adopting greener business practices and to find out whether they are eligible for a Visit The Malverns Green Mark.
Visit www.visitthemalverns.org/sustainability for more information.
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