Our Strategy for Sustainable Tourism
Global economists forecast continuing international tourism growth, ranging between three and six percent annually, depending on the location. As one of the world's largest and fastest growing industries, this continuous growth will place great stress on remaining biologically diverse habitats and indigenous cultures, which are often used to support mass tourism. Tourists who promote sustainable tourism are sensitive to these dangers and seek to protect tourist destinations, and to protect tourism as an industry. Sustainable tourists can reduce the impact of tourism in many ways, including: informing themselves of the culture, politics, and economy of the communities visited; anticipating and respecting local cultures' expectations and assumptions; contributing to intercultural understanding and tolerance supporting the integrity of local cultures by favouring businesses which conserve cultural heritage and traditional values supporting local economies by purchasing local goods and participating with small, local businesses; and conserving resources by seeking out businesses that are environmentally conscious, and by using the least possible amount of non-renewable resources
At Helsbury Park we recognise that we are incredibly lucky to live in
such a beautiful place and that everything we do has an environmental and
social cost. As a result we are committed to continuous improvements in
environmental and social performance to promote Sustainable Tourism and to
keep Helsbury Park and the surrounding area beautiful and thriving for
We do this by:
We have joined the
Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project
(known as COAST) and
we've been a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) as an indication of our commitment
to Sustainable Tourism. GTBS is the most successful environmental
accreditation body of tourism related businesses in Europe including
accommodation providers, visitor attractions, tour operators and conference
facilities. We've attained a Gold award for our strategy which we continue to follow.
To continue to make improvements in all areas of our business; including installing solar panels for water heating on all cottages and to enter our land into an Environmental Stewardship Scheme.
We can confirm that we have entered into a Higher Level Stewardship agreement with DEFRA, installed solar thermal water heating systems on 4 of our buildings and also Solar PV on three more!
And here's a summary of our solar thermal performance for 2010
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