The world’s largest sustainable certification programme of its kind, Green Tourism has announced two of its destinations – County Down and The Broads – have been listed in the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations 2016.
Announced on World Tourism Day (27th September), the two destinations join a host of green-minded areas around the globe in a list that recognises commitment to value authenticity, Biodiversity, nature, culture, community and the environment for future generations of citizens and travellers.
County Down in Northern Ireland is a popular visitor destination and includes the Mountains of Mourne, Strangford Lough, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and forest parks. Along with these natural assets the local communities, their heritage and the abundance of natural food produce and regional products provide a truly Green Destination experience for visitors.
There are currently 102 businesses in the area that hold a Green Tourism accreditation, and in just one year these businesses experienced a huge collective saving of £162,933 because of sustainable practices introduced by Green Tourism.
The Broads National Park, in Norfolk and Suffolk is an internationally important wetland of intricate mazes of rivers and smooth, reed-fringed waters and home to the highest concentration of rare wildlife in Britain. The Broads Authority, along with Green Tourism, works to conserve and enhance the environment and nature of The Broads while helping everyone understand and enjoy the area.
Commenting on the partnership Bruce Hanson, Tourism Officer at the Broads Authority said “We have worked with the world leading Green Tourism programme for over twelve years and the support, advice and knowledge it provides has definitely helped us engage with businesses and visitors which has contributed to improving the overall sustainability of the destination.”
Working closely with Green Tourism, the hotels, tourist attractions and event venues in County Down and The Broads pride themselves on their continued commitment to sustainable tourism and travel.
Andrea Nicholas, Green Tourism Managing Director explains: “The impact of practicing sustainable initiatives has been proven to generate greater economic benefits for the business, local communities and provides a more enjoyable experience for tourists by creating meaningful connections with local people.
“The Broads and County Down are two excellent examples of how commitment to sustainable tourism can have huge positive impacts and we are delighted that the two destinations have been recognised in this way.”