Visitor-focused businesses with green credentials have been named as finalists in the Aberdeen City and Shire Tourism Awards. The
three nominees have been shortlisted by awards organisers because of the way they have reduced the impact of their business operations on the environment.
Aberdeen restaurant The Mains of Scotstown Inn. The Bay Fish and Chips in the coastal town of Stonehaven and the Holiday Inn Express in Aberdeen city centre are all in the running for top prize in the Green Tourism Award.
The Mains of Scotstown has launched a sustainability project in an effort to reduce energy and make better use of recycling. A range of policies have been implemented to cut down on waste including refusing anything from suppliers that cannot be recycled, actively asking customers to take home any leftover and investing in a wormery. The business has been able to reduce the amount of general waste it was sending to landfill by 86%.
The Bay Fish and Chips has been focusing on efforts to reduce its carbon footprint. In order to minimise the impact on the environment, the consumption of water, gas and electricity usage is closely monitored and the business ensures that all packaging is100% compostable. All food and non-food waste is also recycled.
Holiday Inn Express runs a recycling programme which has already broken its target to achieve a 50% diversion from landfill waste. Small volume recycling, glass collection and food waste have all contributed to the hotel keeping 82% of waste out of landfill.
ACSTA chairman Iain Watson says, “We set up ACSTA because we believed that tourism providers in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are providing an incredible experience for visitors to the region.
“We want to recognise all the ways in which businesses are raising the bar on the customer experience, and that includes what they are doing to ensure their operations are not having a detrimental impact on the environment.
“Aberdeen City and Shire has so much to offer visitors, including world-class golf, shopping and leisure attractions as well as accommodation and fantastic transport links. We are delighted to be able to celebrate those who go the extra mile for their customers in the north east of Scotland.”
Final judging will take place before the end of the year and winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at Ardoe House Hotel and Spa in Aberdeen on January 30, 2015. Host for the evening will be broadcaster Tam Cowan.
Further information about the awards is available at www.acsta.co.uk