Royal Victoria receives the Green Key Award

The Royal Victoria is delighted to receive the prestigious international award, the Goriad Gwyrdd / Green Key. This coveted environmental accreditation is awarded to organisations for making efforts to run more sustainable businesses, with energy, water, waste, green activities and guest engagement being areas of particular focus.

Ann Owen, Deputy General Manager, said: “We’re delighted with the award. It recognises our commitment to the environment and, of course, increasing what we do in the future.”

To achieve the award numerous changes were implemented at the hotel, all aiming to make it a greener, more sustainable place to stay and work. For example, the hotel has engaged a new guest toiletries supplier so all the toiletries are refilled on site and bottles sent back to the supplier to be refilled. Efforts to source ingredients locally and processes for monitoring energy and water usage have also been introduced.

Over the next few months, Royal Victoria will continue in its efforts to become a more sustainable business by improving water consumption. The hotel will be reducing the water flow in the majority of bathroom sink taps to comply with the Green Key standard of 8 litres per minute.

Green Key is the world’s largest global eco-label award. To date, it has been awarded to more than 3,100 tourism providers in 60 countries around the world. Green Key was developed by the Foundation for Environmental Education (also known for the Blue Flag beach award) and, just like Blue Flag, Green Key is managed in Wales by Keep Wales Tidy. Internationally, Green Key is an award recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and UNESCO.

The Royal Victoria Hotel is now visible on the Green Key Wales  website and on the international site.

We invite you to go outdoors in 2020

Visit Wales – Wales’s tourism marketing body – is encouraging visitors and residents to get outside this year with their annual promotional campaign. Crowned the ‘Year of Outdoors‘, 2020 is your opportunity to get outside, have fun, try something new and experience the Great Outdoors Welsh-style!

Why not take a closer look at what’s in store with this promotional video from Visit Wales?

Yes, you did see some familiar faces. Among other Welsh celebs, the likes of Eve Myles (Keeping Faith, Torchwood) and Luke Evans (The Hobbit, Beauty and the Beast) are lending their weight to the campaign by sharing their favourite open spaces and outdoor activities.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “There has always been an inherent relationship between people and the outdoors in Wales. It’s not just that our landscapes are awe-inspiring; they are steeped in the living history of our language and culture. In 2020, we’re inviting people to check in to our hotels, cottages and campsites – and then to throw open the doors and let the outside in.”

So, are you planning to get outdoors on your next visit to North Wales? Here’s some inspiration to help you plan your next epic adventure!

Ideas to get outdoors in 2020

1. Walk some or all of the Anglesey Coastal Path.

2. See Snowdonia on four legs not two with a horseback ride.

3. Try your hand at eFoil, the newest Watersport craze to come to RibRide.

4. Outdoors can also be underground, explore forgotten Welsh mines on a caving trip.

5. Hire a bike and hit the road… or the forest… or the trail… the choice is yours!

6. Go wet and wild at the National White Water Rafting Centre.

7. If you’ve got a head for heights, why not climb a tree?

8. Flying lessons? Yes, we can do those too!

Share your outdoor adventures with us on Facebook and Twitter – we love seeing what you get up to! 2020 is the Year of Outdoors, an opportunity to #FindYourEpic in North Wales.

The Royal Victoria Hotel is ideally situated for experiencing the Great Outdoors. Located at the edge of the Snowdonia National Park and just twenty minutes drive from the coast, our hotel offers easy access to the greatest of the Great Outdoors North Wales has to offer! Book your stay today.

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