A prime Dorset hotel has struck Gold by winning an internationally recognised eco-award. The Captains Club Hotel located on the banks of the River Stour in Christchurch is one of only two hotels in Dorset to be awarded the much coveted Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
With sustainability and green issues being very much at the forefront of many businesses these days, the management and staff at the Captains Club Hotel were keen to ensure that they were operating to environmentally-friendly standards wherever possible.
Robert Wilson, Operations Director of the hotel said, “The whole team share our environmental vision and each has made positive contributions towards us winning this Gold Award. Working in the tourism industry we are fortunate to operate our hotel in one of the UK’s most beautiful towns on the world-famous south coast, and this award recognises our approach to protecting the environment and the wildlife and for adopting many successful ‘green’ practices.”
The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the United Kingdom. Assessed against rigorous criteria hotels and other tourism establishments are graded according to their eco-standards. Each venue is judged on important factors such as energy efficiency, waste minimisation and recycling, together with additional aspects such as the use of local produce, biodiversity or promoting local walks or cycle routes and other environmentally friendly projects. Those businesses that meet the required standard, receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award based on their level of achievement.
Prior to entering the Green Tourism Business Scheme the Captains Club team signed up to an Environmental Staff Charter they devised themselves to meet their own and the hotels green aspirations. By doing so they committed to ensuring that in every aspect of their day to day work at the hotel they would apply measures to purchase responsibly, recycle robustly, reduce energy use and waste, and proactively support and promote the local landscape and environment.
Each month staff were invited to put forward at least one green suggestion or recommendation. One of their outstanding ideas was the creation of ‘Eco Water’ where instead of just tap or bottled water, guests are offered Eco Water – filtered water with a twist of citrus, ice and mint. Half the proceeds are donated to the Christchurch Harbour Ornithological Group who specialise in monitoring wildlife on the River Stour.
Robert added, “This is a great accolade for the Captains Club Hotel, and the assessors commented on our 80% score on reducing the hotel’s carbon footprint, alongside other eco measures. In business terms it is of paramount importance for us, our guests and the local community that we demonstrate and prove our strategies and credentials for environmental and corporate social responsibility.”
Pictured: Celebrating eco-tourism at the Captains Club Hotel. Robert Wilson and Klaudia Ziemnicka with the hotel’s ‘Eco Water’.