SUSTAINABILITY AND WISE GROWTH
Why go Green?
Green Tourism, Sustainable Tourism, Eco-Tourism there are so many names for it but the definition remains the same – low impact, environmentally friendly tourism that values, enhances and protects the environment.
In practice, sustainable or green tourism is essential for the continuation and longevity of the tourism industry. The demand for holidays which leave the smallest possible “footprint” is increasing.
Buy local - try local - do you offer local produce to your guests - we have some great companies in the area. Real local flavour gives you a wide choice of local foods and produce. Why not give them a welcome hamper with local food to try. Lush (made here in Poole) gives your guests not only a unique local bathroom experience - its environmentally friendly too.
As a tourism business, it makes sense to look after your assets that attract customers.
Many of our visitors come to the South West for its natural beauty. It is becoming increasingly important to the visitor, and important for the long term profitability and competitiveness of our regional businesses to take green actions to ensure we keep the South West special.
VisitEngland have recently announced that as well as the Green Tourism Business Scheme there are a number of other labels that have been successfully validated by the International Centre of Responsible Tourism and are therefore officially recognised as green certified businesses.
For an up to date list of labelling visit Visit England or read the pdf attached above.
Why should I consider making my business more sustainable?
There are several good reasons why going green is a better way to operate as a tourism business:
Increased efficiency - water, electricity and gas are some of the biggest costs for tourism businesses. With prices high, becoming more efficient will help reduce your bottom line.
Reduced waste - Waste is a double cost - wasted money on purchasing and wasted money on disposal.
Added appeal - customers increasingly expect businesses to operate in a responsible way and will respond positively to those able to demonstrate that they have taken action.
Added value - many actions that you may take to become a responsible business, such as using local products, will also add to the quality being offered.
More resilience - taking action now will make you better prepared for the higher costs and tougher legislation predicted for the future, as well as the impacts of a changing climate.