Press | Gold Awards from Green Tourism Business Scheme
RADISSON BLU EDWARDIAN, LONDON TURNS GREEN INTO GOLD WITH GREEN TOURISM BUSINESS SCHEME
The Radisson Blu Edwardian Group has successfully achieved GOLD GTBS Awards for all of the hotels in the chain, which is a highly commendable and outstanding achievement.
The GOLD Award is the highest standard a business can achieve within the scheme and it is only exemplar businesses who achieve this accolade.
Radisson Blu Edwardian have worked hard to achieve this level and it is testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of the staff and management team. Radisson Blu Edwardian have continued to excel in the areas relating to customer information and communication, investment in energy saving design and technology, their commitment to becoming more sustainable and carefully juxtaposing the expectations and quality of a luxury brand with the ethics of sustainable tourism.
Wendy Fail, Grading Assessor for GTBS, stated “Radisson Blu Edwardian Group show a clear understanding and commitment to the green tourism ethos. They provide an outstanding customer experience, whilst ensuring a sympathetic approach to the environment. They are one of the most impressive businesses I have graded and their enthusiasm for the scheme and holistic approach to sustainability is to be highly commended”.
She continued “ Onsite, the business has undertaken significant measures to reduce energy consumption across all the hotels and the supporting green management structure, including the excellent i-connect, green ideas for staff and innovative energy and cost saving measures help to set them apart from other hotel chains. They are a excellent green champion for sustainable good practice”.
The GTBS assessment is undertaken on 145 measures, of which the most significant 60 are chosen. Each criteria is assessed on a scale of maximum (best practice) to 0 (no action currently being undertaken/worst practice).
There are 10 separate sections to the assessment which include energy, water, waste, management, travel, nature and culture, purchasing, communication, compliance with minimum standards and innovation. The level of attainment is based on the overall percentage of scores achieved in each of the 60 measures; a business has to gain over 80% for a GOLD.
Notes to Editors:
The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the only tourism certification program in the UK endorsed by VisitEngland, VisitScotland and VisitWales and has been validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism since 2008. Operated by a not-for-profit organisation, Green Business, there are over 2,300 GTBS members through the UK and Ireland.
Businesses are graded by qualified environmental assessors and those that meet the standard are awarded either: BRONZE, SILVER or GOLD. This is based on fulfilling a number of criteria incorporating; energy and water efficiency, purchasing, waste minimisation, management and communication. Businesses can benefit from significant marketing advantage and reduced running costs of up to 20%. For more information visit: www.green-business.co.uk