Green Snowdonia Toursim Awards
Green Snowdonia Tourism Awards 2009
Sponsored by CAE Sustainable Development Fund, Snowdonia National Park Authority, Countryside Council for Wales, Gwynedd Council, Dulas Ltd, Conwy County Borough Council, the Carbon Trust and Visit Wales
And the Winner is..........
From a strong field of entries the judges of this year's Green Snowdonia Tourism Awards have selected 6 businesses who demonstrate that operating sustainably can enhance the experience they are offering to visitors, and can go hand-in-hand with exciting activities and high quality accommodation.
Best Sustainable Tourism Business - Overall Winner
Sponsored by CAE and CCW
Tree Top Adventure Ltd, Betws y Coed, Sean Taylor - Managing Director
Promoting Language and Culture
Sponsored by Visit Wales
Llannerch Goch Guest House and Self Catering Accommodation, Capel Garmon, Eirian Ifan - Proprietor
Low Carbon Award
Sponsored by Dulas Ltd and the Carbon Trust
Yr Helfa Bunkhouse, Llanberis, Elizabeth Jane O'Donnell - Proprietor
Sponsored by Gwynedd Council
Coed Cae B&B, Dolgellau, Jacky and Graham O'Hanlon - Proprietors
Most Sustainable Campsite
Sponsored by CAE and CCW
Graig Wen (campsite, yurts, B&B, holiday cottages), Sarah and John Heyworth - Proprietors
Most Sustainable B&B
Sponsored by Conwy Borough Council
Bryn Bella Guest House, Mark Edwards - Proprietor
Emma Edwards-Jones, Green Snowdonia Project Manager said 'Not only are these businesses showing commitment and imagination in reducing their environmental impacts, but they are doing it with flair and style, providing exciting and high quality experiences for visitors to Snowdonia.
This is the third year of these prestigious Awards which reward tourism businesses in the Snowdonia National Park and surrounding area who have taken steps to improve their business in the following areas
Resource Management - Waste Management - Buying locally - Community Relations - Raising Staff Environmental Awareness - Raising Visitor Awareness - Promoting Welsh Language and Culture - Biodiversity Management
Businesses that have a green ethos at the heart of their activities are more efficient, more competitive and more marketable, making them better placed to withstand the credit crunch. In addition, sustainable businesses can have a clear conscience in knowing that they are minimising their impacts on the wonderful environment on which their business is based.
Emma Edwards-Jones, Green Snowdonia Project Manager, said 'The Green Snowdonia Tourism Award Winners are a resourceful, forward thinking lot who demonstrate the contribution the tourism industry can make to the environment, economy and communities of Snowdonia.