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Green Tourism Area Becomes Top 100 2017 Sustainable Destinations

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Green Tourism Area Becomes Top 100 2017 Sustainable Destinations

Green Tourism Area Becomes Top 100 2017 Sustainable Destinations
October 25
11:17 2017

The world’s largest sustainable certification programme of its kind, Green Tourism has announced its Northern Irish green destination County Down has been listed in the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations 2017, for the second year in a row. The destination joins a host of green-minded areas around the globe in a list that recognises commitment to value authenticity, Biodiversity, nature, culture, community and the environment for future generations of citizens and travellers.

A popular visitor destination, County Down in Northern Ireland is home to the Mountains of Mourne, Strangford Lough, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and forest parks. Along with these natural assets the local communities, their heritage and the abundance of natural food produce and regional products provide a truly Green Destination experience for visitors.

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.

Vice Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Councillor William Clarke commented: “I am delighted to be accepting this award on behalf of the Tourism Destinations of Mourne Mountains & Ring of Gullion and Strangford Lough. We have a beautiful and special landscape in our District, and it is very fitting that it is now recognised as one of the top 100 Sustainable Destinations in the World.”

Working closely with Green Tourism, the hotels, tourist attractions and event venues in the area pride themselves on their continued commitment to sustainable tourism and travel.

Andrea Nicholas, Green Tourism Managing Director, added: “County Down is an excellent example of how commitment to sustainable tourism can have positive economic benefits for businesses and local communities and provide a more enjoyable experience for tourists by creating meaningful connections with local people. We are delighted for the County Down green team that they have been recognized in this way for the second year running.”

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Councillor William Clarke, Vice Chairperson of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council accepting the award for County Down.

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