It is the third time in a row Burleigh Court has achieved the Gold standard, and the first time under Green Tourism’s new assessment criteria.
The latest assessment was marked against the new Green Tourism Version 5 Criteria making Burleigh Court the first hotel in England to achieve the accolade.
Green Tourism 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) and is the largest and most sustainable tourism certification programme in the world.
The Loughborough-based hotel and conference centre excelled in criteria which judged the environmental impact of its green policy and the resulting benefit to staff, customers and the local community.
imago has been recognised for its comprehensive monitoring of energy, water and wastage across all areas of the business to ensure annual targets are achieved.
The hotel also strives to support the community and encourage sustainability by sourcing local produce and supporting local producers and suppliers.
It has recently launched a range of ‘Taste of Leicestershire’ menus that includes a payback scheme to raise money for local charities.
Guy Hodge, Operations Manager at Burleigh Court, comments: “We are thrilled to have retained our Gold award for the third time in six years. What makes this achievement all the more satisfactory is that Green Tourism’s standards have been raised and we are the first hotel in England to receive gold with their new auditing criteria.”
Stuart Park, senior grading officer with Green Tourism says: “Burleigh Court has demonstrated once again that it is one of the leading green hotel and conference centres in the UK, securing Gold under the new Green Tourism Version 5 Criteria.
“This is the first hotel in England to achieve the accolade, indicative of the determination of the enthusiastic team in introducing and improving sustainability measures within the hotel, and continuing to work very closely with the community and region.
“Efforts have been made year on year improving low impact technology, such as installing more LED lighting throughout the building, showcasing many local food and drink producers on the menu as well as being an ambassador for sustainable tourism practices – something other aspiring hotels in East Midlands should be aware of.”
Burleigh Court has achieved much success over the last 12 months, being awarded AIM Gold, Investors in People Gold and winning Gold in the Large Hotel of the Year category at both the Leicestershire Tourism Awards and VisitEngland National Tourism Awards for Excellence.