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Green Tourism Scoop Social Impact Award

(L-R) Host Joe McHugh, Andrea Nicholas of Green Tourism and Cllr Gavin Barrie celebrate Green Tourism's win at the IBNS Awards Night

The world’s largest sustainable certification programme of its kind, Green Tourism has picked up the top prize for Social Impact at the inaugural Irish Business Network Scotland Awards, recognising their sustainable destination project in County Down, in partnership with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

The award-winning project supported tourism and community related businesses, working in food & drink, heritage & culture, events and outdoor activities, to operate more sustainably, celebrate their green credentials and in turn, attract more visitors to the area.

There are currently 102 businesses in the area that hold a Green Tourism accreditation, and in just one year these businesses experienced a huge collective saving of £162,933 because of sustainable practices introduced by Green Tourism.

Andrea Nicholas, Green Tourism Managing Director commented: “Being recognised in this way is a real honour and testament to the incredible work our members are doing for sustainable tourism around the UK.

“County Down is an excellent example of how commitment to sustainable tourism can have huge positive impacts and proves the strength of continued connections between Irish and Scottish-based businesses.”

Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, added: “We’re delighted that Green Tourism and County Down has received this award, it is testament to our vision of a sustainable destination and of the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.”

Hosted by the not-for-profit Irish Business Network Scotland (IBNS), the sell-out awards ceremony attracted representatives from the construction, renewables, creative, professional services and the food & drink sectors as well as attendance from Government organisations from both sides of the Irish Sea.

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