Celebrate! We’re over the moon, as we have just been announced winners for the ‘Best Accommodation for the Environment’ category at the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards at London’s Docklands, UK at the World Travel Market.
Hotel Mocking Bird Hill’s 17 years of working with our environment and promoting sustainable tourism in Port Antonio Jamaica has been recognised globally, congratulations to all our team! Knowing that we were competing against 600 organisations & 1700 nominations at these awards shows our achievement.
Attending this ceremony is a fantastic opportunity for us in discovering new ideas and exchanging thoughts about responsible and sustainable tourism globally.
Here is what the judges had to say:
“Proof that indulgence doesn’t have to be at the expense of the environment, Mockingbird Hill is a small locally-owned luxury hotel that drives innovation, ensures that good practices are identified and monitored and add value to the local community. The judges were impressed by the scale and depth of their ability to measure impacts – including energy consumption, economic impact for local partners, and recording biodiversity. They list the short distance from their local suppliers down to the last kilometre – impressive in Jamaica where the reliance is typically on imports. They have driven innovation – conducting in-house recycling in an area without the infrastructure for it, and encouraging their suppliers to improve environmental performance.”
As Michael Palin said “If we are really to understand each other better, then we need to be reminded to travel carefully and thoughtfully, listening to people along the way and respecting the world we are privileged to travel through…”
Congratulations to the other award winners of the Responsible Tourism Awards 2010 – view full list
Read about us in the Responsible Travel Magazine