The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) is an accreditation scheme for tourism and tourism related businesses relating to environmental good practice. The GTBS is increasingly recognised as the most appropriate UK scheme for green accreditation for tourism businesses.
Green tourism is the term used to describe best environmental practice within the tourism sector. It covers issues such as business efficiency, environmental management, waste, transport, as well as topics like social responsibility and biodiversity.
By agreeing to the GTBS code of conduct and through independent assessment of their activities our members have made a commitment towards reducing the impact of their business on the environment.
To gain GTBS accreditation, businesses are assessed once every two years by registered environmental auditors, each of whom have considerable experience in tourism.
Businesses are graded against over 120 measures of best practice, ranging from energy conservation, water use and waste minimisation to purchasing marketing and social responsibility, resulting in the following awards:
BRONZE - Good basic environmental practice
SILVER - Very good environmental practice
GOLD - Excellence in environmental practice.
The GTBS is the marketing, certification and advisory scheme of Green Business UK Ltd.
The GTBS acknowledges good practice in environmental and responsible tourism, as well as enabling businesses to identify cost savings and business benefits from improving environmental awareness and procedures.
The following tourism businesses in the Faversham area have been awarded GTBS accreditation:-
Brenley Farm House
Leaveland Court Farm
Palace Farm Hostel
Sandhurst Farm Forge