We have just retained our GTB (Green Tourism Business) Gold rating at 87%, which is pretty good if we must say ourselves.
To celebrate this we are offering ( and coinciding with the National Green Tourism Week) free charging for electric cars in the car park.
The four-star Crown Spa Hotel in Scarborough is to offer people with electric cars a 2 hour of complimentary charge from one of its four new charging points during Green Tourism Week (June 6-12).
A 2 hour charge provides roughly 40 miles of travel for an electric vehicle, and visitors are invited to enjoy a complimentary “Heavenly Coffee” for the driver in the hotel while it is completed.
The spaces are available on a first come first served basis and will be open from 0900 to 1930 at night. Offer limited to one visit per vehicle during the week.
Today the Crown Spa Hotel was awarded the GOLD award standard from the Green Tourism Business, an officially reconised body which grades tourism businesses for their commitment, action and visible results in enviromental, cultural and social aspects of their activities.
The inspectors commented that “Crown Spa Hotel achieves a GOLD award. The hotels owners are dedicated to making the hotel a leader in sustainable tourism, the hotel is undergoing renovations in which all possible environmental options are being used, K glass double glazing, regulation exceeding Kingspan fitting, using skylights for internal lighting and also the fitting of two new biomass boilers, amongst others. Every bulb in the hotel is low energy with over 60 LEDs fitted to one conference room alone, reducing the electric costs for the hotel. All laundry is now done on site, when previously
it would have been driven to Durham, this has reduced environmental impacts and created local jobs. The hotels green initiatives are also well communicated to guests and staff alike, through use of notice boards, website and LCD TVs in public areas.”
Overall in the last year a further 5% reduction in the direct carbon footprint has been made by the Crown Spa, above and beyond the 4% reduction the previous year, the Crown Spa Hotel will be well on its way to a 20% reduction from the 2007 levels by 2015. The EU target is 20% by 2020.
David Frank Administration Director and a Green Champion said “This is great news and another first for the team at the Crown Spa Hotel and a First for North Yorkshire, and 49th holder of the coverted GOLD award in the UK. We are firmly committed to our social, cultural and environmental responsibilities at the Crown Spa all of which has been done without grant assistance, we have done this because we believe it is the right thing to do!”
What is it I hear you say, it is well I highly recommend it.
THE GREEN TOURISM BUSINESS SCHEME
The Green Tourism Business Scheme, has been running since 1997 and with over 1400 members across the whole of the UK, it is the largest and most established scheme of its type in the World. In Scotland the GTBS was developed in partnership with Visit Scotland and it is recognized by UK national and regional government as a crucial part of its drive towards sustainability. Our aim is to build on this strong position and ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of sustainable tourism in the future.
Levels of Success?
There are three levels of award Bronze, Silver and Gold; needless to say we are aiming for Gold.
UPDATED August 2009, just got gold!