Greenaward for tourism

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A GLAS­GOW tourism busi­ness has been given a top in­dus­try award for its com­mit­ment to the en­vi­ron­ment.

Glas­gow Con­ven­tion Bu­reau has be­come the first of its kind to win a Green Tourism Award.

The award recognised the busi­ness for its demon­stra­tion of a pro­gres­sive ap­proach and com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity.

It fol­lows the launch of Glas­gow Con­ven­tion Bu­reau’s Peo­ple Make Glas­gow Greener cam­paign which aims to build on the city’s po­si­tion as the sev­enth most sus­tain­able con­fer­ence des­ti­na­tion in the world.

Glas­gow is the only city to be in­cluded in the Global Des­ti­na­tion Sus­tain­abil­ity Index.

On the back of the award, Aileen Craw­ford, Head of Con­ven­tions at Glas­gow Con­ven­tion Bu­reau, made a fur­ther com­mit­ment to en­cour­age Glas­gow tourism busi­nesses to de­velop their green cre­den­tials.

She said: “Glas­gow is a work­ing to­wards be­com­ing one of Eu- rope’s most sus­tain­able cities by 2020 and a world-lead­ing cen­tre for sus­tain­able pol­icy, in­no­va­tion and ac­tion.

“As the city’s ‘one stop shop’ for UK and in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence or­gan­is­ers, our new Green Tourism Award is an im­por­tant ac­co­lade to add to the city’s cre­den­tials as a world-leader in sus­tain­able busi­ness tourism.

“One of the key com­po­nents of our Peo­ple Make Glas­gow Greener cam­paign was the creation of a Sus­tain­abil­ity Toolkit iden­ti­fy­ing green ho­tels, restau­rants and ser­vices across the city which would be of in­ter­est to con­fer­ence or­gan­is­ers.

“This has been well re­ceived by our clients as it sim­pli­fies the process of or­gan­is­ing a ‘green meet­ing’ and high­lights or­gan­i­sa­tions who hold third party sus­tain­abil­ity ac­cred­i­ta­tions.

She added: “We’re now work­ing more closely with our part­ners to en­cour­age more tourism busi­nesses to de­velop their sus­tain­abil­ity cre­den­tials.”

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