In its first year of entry, the Falmouth Beach Resort Hotel has become the biggest Best Western hotel in the country to win a silver award in the 2009 Green Tourism Business Scheme.
It’s a triumph for the staff’s specially-formed ‘green team’ dedicated to achieving big improvements in energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity, local sourcing and more.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to do so well so soon in the scheme,” said Zafer Kuru, hotel reception manager who doubles up as leader of the green team.
“It’s doubly satisfying because to reach this standard has involved so much more hard work, planning and dedication on account of our size as a large hotel. It’s a never-ending challenge, and now we will be going all out to win gold next time!”
He added: “If large numbers of hotels across the country take just a few simple measures to save energy, we can achieve a huge reduction in the total volume of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere.”
Kuru heads a team that meets every month, with representatives from throughout the 120-bedroom hotel Ryan Ohly, assistant general manager, Gemma Ohly, duty manager, Travis Manning, bar manager, Sarah Williams, housekeeping manager, Louise Blenkinsop, reception manager, Zoe McEwen, marketing manager, Karen Simms, reservations manager, Vicky Eslick, Beach Club manager, and David Waplington, head chef.
“We are looking at every conceivable way of reducing energy and involving all our staff and guests as much as we can,” added Kuru.
The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK, validated by Visit Britain.