Green Tourism has officially launched its Green Meeting Standard. Hotels, conference centres, and other venues for meetings and events can apply for the accreditation, which measures sustainability standards ranging from energy, water, and waste through to catering, procurement, travel, awareness, communications, and community involvement.
The Green Meetings Standard has been introduced in response to growing demand from the meetings and events industry to identify and book venues that they are taking their environmental responsibilities seriously. View highlights from the launch here.
Launching the new Green Meetings Standard, Andrea Nicholas, Chief Executive of Green Tourism said, “These new standards have been created in response to demand from the industry, with more and more event organisers wanting reassurance that the venues they pick meet the highest international environmental standards.”
“This new brand is built on the back of our 25 years of experience, and incorporates examples of best practice from businesses throughout the world.” As well as assessment, the initiative also gives support to venues so that they can improve their performance continuously and demonstrate the ways in which they are meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.”
The new Green Meetings initiative builds on Green Tourism’s existing meetings and event venues criteria, which was developed in 2001. Those criteria have been used to help more than 700 venues achieve accreditation, including Central Hall Westminster, the EICC, Manchester International Conference Centre, Olympia London, and the QE2 Centre.
Green Tourism have a special offer for UKinbound members to help you get started on your green journey. To coincide with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow later this year, Green Tourism are offering a complimentary joining fee and exclusive 50% discount on the year of membership (after which full fees will apply). The offer is designed to support recovery and drive the industry to embrace the challenges delivered during COP26.
How to apply
To take advantage of the offer, select UKinbound from the Campaign list when completing the online Application Form. Green Tourism are also offering a selection of Group and Destination Packages. For more information contact [email protected]. The offer ends on 31 October 2021*