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A green guide for glampsites from Green Tourism, the world’s largest sustainable tourism certification programme.
A growing number of UK holidaymakers consider supporting sustainable tourism when choosing a holiday destination. According to the latest report from World Travel Market, almost 40% see it as an important factor when choosing where to spend their hard earned cash, and glamping can be a truly sustainable experience, with minimal carbon footprint compared to traditional serviced accommodation.
Forest Holidays monitors fuel consumption and keeps a nature register highlighting the richness of the area
Reduced energy costs, improved customer proposition and playing a part in protecting the planet all create a compelling case for an environmentally friendly approach for a glamping business.
As the go-to standard in sustainability across the UK within the hospitality and tourism industry, Green Tourism has vast experience in supporting businesses on their sustainable mission. With its help, a campsite or glamping destination can become truly green. It provides a comprehensive framework for managing green operations, based on a rating of bronze, silver or gold, depending on how far a site is on its green journey. Plus, it’s not just expertise in meeting sustainable standards that Green Tourism brings; by becoming an accredited Green Tourism business, the organisation will provide valuable marketing support to connect consumers with accredited businesses.
Sustainable tourism is about tourists visiting somewhere and attempting to make only a positive impact on the environment, society and economy. A Green Tourism award allows the consumer to make a clear ethical and responsible decision about where to holiday, stay or visit.
Camping and glamping sites are naturally more sustainable businesses than traditionally serviced accommodation, and therefore have some redeeming green features, but being accredited by Green Tourism means thinking about sustainability throughout the entire business – from investing in renewables to reusing materials, focussing on nature, reducing costs and minimising fossil fuels. Consider how you can ensure you are ‘future proofed’ too, from good site planning (to avoid floods etc) to lowering energy bills and building good community relations.
This Green Tourism guide to glamping will focus on what makes a great ‘green’ site and offer suggestions on how you can develop your glamping site to meet the required green credentials, with examples from top sites around the UK that have achieved a silver or gold accreditation with Green Tourism.
1 Be a real green leader
Go the extra mile when it comes to being green; it’s not just about water use and carbon emissions, it’s about appealing to new consumers and making their experience the best it can be. Forest Holidays – with five gold and five silver rated destinations across the UK – has an excellent green ethos in place. It monitors a wide range of elements, from the fuel used in vehicles (allowing them to keep costs and fuel emissions to a minimum), to the species seen on site including insects and birds. This nature register allows it to highlight the richness of the natural surrounding area and has helped develop its nature activities for families.
2 Be water wise
It’s easy to reduce your water usage and it not only helps the planet, it also reduces the bills! Embers Camping, a gold accredited site in Hampshire, is an excellent example for businesses to follow. It has invested in low flow taps and showers, urinals with an eco-filter and toilets that have an eco-flush fitting. This saves on water use and helps to reduce bills. If you want to take it to the next level, consider compost toilets; Cosy Under Canvas, a gold accredited site in Kington in Wales, now has tree bogs, a novel natural compost loo using willows.