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Free Green Tourism Workshops

Owners and managers of north-west Wales businesses, primarily involved with tourism, are invited to attend a series of free workshops addressing aspects of growing a financially and environmentally sustainable business that includes how to cut your carbon emissions and save money at the same time.

The three autumn workshops follow on from the previous ones that ran in May earlier this year:

Green Accreditation Schemes for Tourism Businesses

Tuesday 21st September, 10.30 am - lunch, Royal Hotel, Llandudno

A chance to hear what the two main green accreditation schemes, Green Dragon and the Green Tourism Business Scheme, have to offer your business. It's likely a lot of businesses in the north will not have heard of the latter as it has only recently gone pan Wales. There will be presentations from representatives of the schemes and plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Accreditation has marketing advantages, gives a business the assurance of fulfilling legislative requirements and the potential for money saving efficiencies. The workshop also gives a chance to discuss the benefits of green accreditation with other similar businesses.

Retrofit of Renewable Energy Technologies for Tourism Businesses

Tuesday 19th October, 10.30 a.m. - lunch, Afon Gwyn Country House, Betws y Coed

This half-day will focus on two specially commissioned energy audits carried out by the Carbon Trust: Afon Gwyn Country House, a 5 star B&B near Betws y Coed and a hotel in Machynlleth. All aspects of assessing your property, choosing and commissioning a renewable energy system, calculating payback times, feed in tariffs and retrofitting of renewable energy technologies (bio mass boilers, solar thermal, voltaics etc) in listed buildings will be addressed. There will be a tour of Afon Gwyn.

How to be a Sustainable Holiday Park

Wednesday 10th November, 1.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., Gimblet Rock Holiday Park, Pwllheli

This workshop will focus on a specially commissioned energy audit of Gimblet Rock Holiday Park (Haulfryn Group) carried out by the Carbon Trust. Based on a tour of the Gimblet Rock site and the energy audit report, the discussion will enable you to discuss how to improve the energy management of your business. Waste management will be among the other topics covered. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions specific to your business and discuss issues with the owners/managers of other similar businesses.

Spaces on the workshop are limited so to ensure your place please contact Emma Edwards-Jones by email or call 07900 500588 stating your name and your business name, which workshop you are interested in, the number of places you would like, and your contact details. For each workshop there will a toolkit which will feature a case study write-up and fact-file available on the Visit Wales Industry website.

The workshop programme is being delivered by Snowdonia-Active on behalf of the Snowdonia National Park Authority and is funded by Visit Wales and Tourism Partnership North Wales.

Eco equipment (composter, cardboard compacter and LPG lawn mower) at Hafan y Môr.

Topic: Green Snowdonia, Growing Sustainable Tourism Workshop, Sustainable Tourism.

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