Marriott hotel celebrates gold standard for green tourism

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PORTSMOUTH Marriott Hotel in North Harbour has retained its gold standard for green tourism.

A qualified assessor for the Green Tourism Business Scheme undertook a bi-annual accreditation grading.

The audit report is a statement on the performance of the business as a sustainable tourism operation.

Auditor Gill Thompson said: ‘Portsmouth Marriott has done extremely well to not only retain the gold award with the Green Tourism programme, but to increase the overall score of the assessment since 2012.

‘Although the criteria have not changed in the last two years, the green tourism scoring has become more rigorous owing to advancements in technology, increasing awareness and the continuous improvement ethos of the scheme. Therefore, the retention of this grading level should be commended.

‘There are lots of excellent practices conducted on this site.’

Barend Jan Schreuder, general manager hotel, said: ‘This second gold award, with even a higher score of 84 per cent, is a brilliant achievement of the hotel team and the green committee in the hotel.

‘It is a great public recognition and supports our green vision for the hotel and Marriott International and we are the first Marriott hotel in the south with such a high score.’