Green ‘Gold Medal’ for St Ives Holiday Accommodation Company
Carbis Bay Holidays, which provides luxury self-catering holiday accommodation in St Ives, Cornwall, has picked up a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
St Ives, Cornwall (PRUnderground) February 24th, 2014
While Team GB revels in its medal success at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, St Ives holiday accommodation specialist Carbis Bay Holidays is celebrating its own ‘podium finish’ after retaining a Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Following an ‘Olympian’ effort to get their environmental policies and procedures up to the highest green standards, the St Ives based holiday company has retained its Gold Award – the top accolade in the national scheme which promotes sustainable tourism.
Carbis Bay Holidays has always prided itself in its green credentials, but this latest award in this prestigious scheme is the crowning glory in its continued efforts to run a responsible tourism business. It is the third successive year that the company has achieved the Gold Award.
Amanda O’Toole from Carbis Bay Holidays commented: “We’re delighted to be recognised again for our efforts to be an environmentally friendly business and to promote green, sustainable holidays in the St Ives area.
“It’s the beautiful natural environment of the Cornish coast, where we live and work, that spurs us on to be as green as possible as a business. People come to St Ives for all sorts of good reasons, but there’s one major attraction that draws more visitors than any other – a natural landscape that remains unspoiled. We aim to do our best to keep it that way.”
Among the green initiatives adopted by the business include energy efficiency improvements in the head office, commitment to using 100% recycled paper and promoting responsible tourism and encouraging car free days to its visitors. Carbis Bay Holidays also has a visitor gifting scheme, whereby customers are invited to make a small donation to local charities including the Cornwall Wildlife Trust and Shelterbox.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme was established in 1996 to acknowledge tourism organisations which take into account the needs of the environment, local residents, businesses and visitors. There are now 2,000 businesses across the UK, Ireland and Canada accredited by the scheme, which helps protect the environment and promote sustainable tourism.
Amanda O’Toole continued: “As a Cornish business it’s important that we do our bit to promote responsible tourism and limit our impact on the environment. It’s a great scheme for tourism companies to get involved with.”
About Carbis Bay Holidays
Carbis Bay Holiday specialises in luxury four and five star self-catering holidays in the St Ives area of West Cornwall. This holiday and vacation rental company has a wide choice of properties in St Ives and Carbis Bay, including luxury apartments, traditional classic cottages, contemporary houses and holiday villas in Cornwall’s premier holiday resort.