Conference Centre gains triple gold in 2012
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Cotswold Conference Centre has earned its third Gold Award of 2012 – and it’s still only April!
The leading conference centre and Finditinworcestershire member won its latest accolade by achieving gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), which recognises eco-friendly organisations in the UK.
The achievement follows two other gold titles so far in 2012. In January, the centre earned a national VenueVerdict Gold for excellent customer service and in March it won gold in the Conference Venue of the Year category of the Cotswold Tourism Awards, beating Cheltenham Racecourse and The Barn at Calcot Manor.
The GTBS is the leading sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK. Businesses opting to join are graded against a rigorous set of criteria, covering areas such as energy and water efficiency, waste management and biodiversity.
Cotswold Conference Centre was visited and assessed on 8 March and the final report has just been completed.
The report stated, "There are a number of ‘best practice’ measures in place. A lot of these are found at the new Maudslay Court with high levels of insulation, rainwater harvesting, sensors, solar panels and ground source heat pumps.
"The site plays an important part in the community, getting involved in initiatives to rid the town of plastic bags while supporting many charities as well as showcasing a great deal of local food and drinks on the delegate menu.
"The green message is promoted very well with an ‘Environmental Folder’ communicated to guests as well as excellent room and website information.”
Cotswold Conference Centre is a modern meeting, training and teambuilding venue based on the 370-acre Farncombe Estate, between Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon.
Richard Howdle, Operations Manager at Cotswold Conference Centre, said, "This award is another feather in our cap and further recognition of the excellent work that the team at Cotswold Conference Centre is doing across the board. It’s going to be a fantastic year for the UK and especially for tourism. To earn these three gold titles in the first four months alone is a remarkable achievement.”
For more information about Cotswold Conference Centre, call 0845 230 8580 or visit www.cotswoldconferencecentre.com