Ho­tel gets award for eco ef­forts

Green tourism ac­co­lade

Strathearn Herald - - HERALD VIEWS - Lynn Duke

The Mur­ray­park Ho­tel in Crieff has been re­warded for its com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity with a pres­ti­gious Green Tourism Award.

The Green Tourism ini­tia­tive as­sesses busi­nesses on their green cre­den­tials and the Perthshire ho­tel at­tained a high ‘sil­ver’ grad­ing in recog­ni­tion of its se­ries of planet-friendly ini­tia­tives.

Mur­ray­park won the ac­co­lade af­ter a re­cent in­spec­tion found that sus­tain­able ac­tiv­i­ties be­ing un­der­taken there met 74% of the Green Tourism cri­te­ria.

The ho­tel, which has 21 bed­rooms, was com­mended on its ‘green’ ef­forts across the board in one of the most rig­or­ous cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­grammes in the in­dus­try.

Asses­sors praised Mur­ray­park Ho­tel on its com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity, par­tic­u­larly on its strong lo­cal food prove­nance, ini­tia­tive to re­cy­cle used soaps from the bed­rooms and good waste man­age­ment.

The Mur­ray­park Ho­tel has re­ceived on­go­ing support from the ‘Green Team’ at its sis­ter ho­tel Crieff Hy­dro.

Mur­ray­park Ho­tel’s man­ager Lynne An­der­son, who led the visit by Green Tourism, said: “The team here are all pas­sion­ate about play­ing their part in help­ing to en­sure we work in an eco- friendly en­vi­ron­ment. Whether it’s through our mon­i­tor­ing of food waste and the ways we can re­duce it, or work­ing with lo­cal com­mu­nity schemes like Crieff in Leaf, a lo­cal char­ity which main­tains many of the won­der­ful green spa­ces and flower bas­kets in Crieff, we’ll be work­ing hard to build on these ini­tia­tives to do even bet­ter on Green Tourism’s next visit.”

Stephen Leckie, CEO of the Crieff Hy­dro fam­ily of ho­tels, con­tin­ued: “We’re al­ways look­ing for new ways to make Mur­ray­park Ho­tel op­er­ate more ef­fi­ciently and it’s great to see Green Tourism recog­nise this. All of the ef­forts from the team at Mur­ray­park Ho­tel go a long way to mak­ing the ho­tel a truly green and sus­tain­able busi­ness.”

Green Tou r ism’s Busi­ness Scheme is the UK’s lead­ing sus­tain­able tourism cer­ti­fi­ca­tion scheme. Busi­nesses who opt to join are as­sessed by a qual­i­fied grad­ing ad­vi­sor against a rig­or­ous set of cri­te­ria, cov­er­ing a range of areas like en­ergy and wa­ter ef­fi­ciency, waste man­age­ment, bio­di­ver­sity and more.

An­drea Ni­cholas, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor at Green Tourism, said: “The team at Mur­ray­park Ho­tel has done well to gain a sil­ver award dur­ing their first grad­ing with Green Tourism. There are a num­ber of great sus­tain­able prac­tices in place, such as a strong lo­cal food prove­nance and re­cy­cling soaps from the bed­rooms. Over­all a very good first as­sess­ment.’’

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