The Best Western Monkbar Hotel in York has retained a prestigious green business tourism award.
The Green Business Tourism Scheme has bestowed its highest level of recognition on the York city centre hotel – which is nearing the end of a £3m upgrade and extension project – for the second time.
The Gold award, which recognises the hotel’s continuing commitment to building sustainability into the heart of its operations, was conferred by Green Tourism – the organisation behind the scheme – after auditors praised it for “a number of good sustainable practices and providing excellent green information for guests”.
In particular the judges singled out the hotel’s “very comprehensive green action plan, innovative Waste-2-Water filtration system and relationship with suppliers and a local cycle hire business, promoting the use of low carbon transport wherever possible”.
Graham Usher, general manager of the Monkbar Hotel, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for all of the team at the hotel, I’m incredibly proud that we have retained our gold award.
“Our ongoing commitment to increasing the sustainability of the hotel is something we pride ourselves on at the Monkbar and every member of staff plays a role in helping us to reduce our environmental impact – it’s engrained in everything we do.
“Not only do we want please our customers with exceptional hospitality, but also we want to do our bit for the environment and this accolade is a fitting reward for the hard work that goes into making our hotel more eco-friendly.
“When speaking to our guests we frequently find that our green credentials are a significant factor in their choice to stay with us and as such will continue to implement improvements as part of our green action plan.
“We have many plans for the future in order to further our existing high standards such as fitting LED lighting in the reception & corridor areas of the hotel and a raft of upgrades to the older parts of the building now the new extension is complete.
“And talking of our new annexe, which house new bedrooms and function suits, this has been constructed to meet and beat exacting BREEAM standards.”
Graham added: “I’d also like to give a special thanks to both our customers and suppliers who have been crucial in helping us to achieve this gold status and we continue to work closely with them to ensure that we hold on to this award for a third consecutive year.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme has been running since 1997 and has audited over 2000 establishments. They provide advice and ratings for accommodation providers and tourist attractions, based on factors such as energy efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.