Burleigh Court embraces green to get the gold
Burleigh Court is celebrating Green Tourism Week after earning a gold rating on the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS)
imago’s four star hotel Burleigh Court is celebrating Green Tourism Week after earning a gold rating on the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), which is accredited by the British tourism board, Visit Britain.
With a strong sustainability agenda and a forward thinking approach on issues around energy, recycling and wastage, the Loughborough based hotel managed to earn a gold accreditation for the second time running. Burleigh Court excelled in criteria which judged the environmental impact of its green policy and the resulting benefit to staff and the business.
What’s more Burleigh Court is now a featured example on the Green Tourism website due to its strong and proactive management team headed by hotel manager, Guy Hodge.
Guy said: “We are thrilled to have held on to our gold status during the 21st anniversary year of the hotel and to be used as an example of best practice on the Green Tourism website. It was quite an achievement to receive the highest level of approval at the first attempt two years ago, so to retain it again is amazing.
“We are very passionate about sustainability and ensure all staff receive regular and thorough training on green issues. Initiatives such our cycle to work and staff car share scheme continue to make a difference whilst our green policy, which includes ideas such as recycling food waste and grey water, extends across the whole hotel. We see sustainability as much more than our efforts to save water and energy - it is also about benefiting the community and our guests. We are proud to display our gold accreditation and are committed to maintaining it for many years to come.”
imago has been recognised by Visit Britain for its comprehensive monitoring of energy, water and wastage across all areas of the business to ensure consumption and wastage targets are achieved. A unique example is the hotel’s ‘Heatsaver’ pool cover that reduces heat evaporation from the pool surface. The hotel also strives to support the community and encourage sustainability by sourcing local produce and supporting local producers and suppliers.
The GTBS is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK. Originally developed in partnership with Visit Scotland, it is now the only certification scheme validated by Visit Britain, through the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT).