Full list of winners from European Sustainable Tourism Awards

UK: The Winners of the European Sustainable Tourism Awards have been announced.

UK: The Winners of the European Sustainable Tourism Awards have been announced.

The GrINN Awards, which are run by Quartz Hotels, invited the public to vote for their favourite out of 50 categories with the final say by the expert judging panel.

Alexander Zawadzki, organiser of the GrINN Awards said: “We are very happy with the outcome of the awards, as our main goal is to promote sustainability and we have achieved it in many countries of Europe. The response and help from the audience and accommodation providers have been astonishing. 
We hope that their example can inspire others and together we can create a more sustainable tourism industry. We invite all accommodation providers that are making efforts towards sustainability to apply to our next edition”.

Jury member, Lidiia Tkachenko added: I am impressed by the sustainability progress all participants have made and continue pursuing in order to achieve sustainability goals and make a positive impact on our planet and society”. 

Here is the full list of the award winners:

Best Luxury Eco Accommodation: El Jardín de las Delizias, Spain (Pictured)

Best sustainable progress: Miluna Open Nature Rooms, Spain

Best Eco-friendly Travel App: Treeapp

Europe’s Leading Sustainable Travel Brand: Book Eco Hotels

Europe’s Leading Sustainable Travel Blog: Brainy Backpackers

Europe’s Leading Sustainable: Travel Influencer Linn Haglund, Brainy Backpackers

Most sustainable Travel Metasearch: Kayak

Most sustainable OTA: Select Green Hotels

Most sustainable Travel Startup: Miluna Open Nature Rooms, Spain

Most Sustainable Female Entrepreneur: Tiffany Belle Harper, Belleva House, England

Most Sustainable Male Entrepreneur: Ángel Bonilla, Hotel Sostenible La Laguna, Spain

Best Sustainable Initiative: Kaj Hotel, Denmark

Best Local Gastronomy: Francisco Rodríguez Mora, The Sun Inn Lydiard, England

Best Sustainable Hotel, United Kingdom: The 25 Boutique B&B, England

Best Sustainable Hotel, Seaside: Kalesma Mykonos, Greece

Best Sustainable Hotel, City: Stow-Away Waterloo, England

Best Sustainable Hotel, Rural: Alma Calma Hotel Rural, Spain

Best Sustainable Hotel, Mountain: Cork Valley Pod Houses Toledo, Spain

Best Sustainable Resort: Blue Dream Hotel | Greece

Best reforestation initiative: Miluna Open Nature Rooms, Spain

Best sustainable accommodation, Central Europe: Hotel Gilbert, Austria

Best sustainable accommodation, Eastern Europe: Ursa Mica Glamping Resort, Romania

Best sustainable accommodation, Northern Europe: Varanger Lodge, Norway

Best sustainable accommodation, Southeast Europe: Blue Dream Hotel, Greece

Best sustainable accommodation, Southern Europe: Cipresso e Pietra, Italy

Best sustainable accommodation, Western Europe: ahead burghotel, Germany

Best sustainable accommodation, Southwest Europe: Hotel Bosque Mar, Spain

Best sustainable accommodation, Turkey: Trendy Lara Hotel, Turkey

Best sustainable Villa, Europe: La Casa del Alfarero, Spain

Best sustainable Hostel, Europe: Urban Garden Hostel, Portugal

Best sustainable Apartment, Europe: Daphne’s Club Hotel Apartments, Greece

Best sustainable 5* Hotel, Europe: Domaine des Etangs, France

Best sustainable 4* Hotel, Europe: The Twelve Hotel, Ireland

Best sustainable 3* Hotel, Europe: Hotel Bosque Mar Spain

Best sustainable 2* Hotel, Europe: Chalet Saint-Barthélemy Hotel, Italy

Best sustainable Aparthotel, Europe: Stow-Away Waterloo, England

Best sustainable accommodation, Spain: Los Lirios Hotel Rural, Spain

Best sustainable accommodation, Croatia: Treehouse Resnice -Mrežnica, Croatia

Best sustainable accommodation, Greece: Ouzas Luxury Hotel, Greece

Best sustainable accommodation, Italy: Naturhotel Leitlhof, Italy

Best sustainable accommodation, Netherlands: BOAT&CO, Netherlands

Best sustainable accommodation, England: The Paddock Wildcamp, England

Best sustainable accommodation, Scotland: Langridge Highland Home, Scotland

Best sustainable accommodation, Northern Ireland: Finn Lough, Northern Ireland

Best sustainable accommodation, Wales: Larkhill Tipis and Yurts, Wales

Best sustainable accommodation, Ireland: Inch House Ireland, Ireland

Best Sustainable & Original Accommodation, Europe: Quinta do Rapozinho, Portugal

Best Nature Accommodation: Glendoria, Poland

Best Responsible Accommodation Project: Ursa Mica Glamping Resort, Romania

Best Sustainable Tourism Leader: Alina Marinescu, Ursa Mică Glamping Resort, Romania

Along with main Sponsor MEWS, Sustainable Hotel News supported the awards for: Best Luxury Eco Accommodation, Best Sustainable Accommodation – Scotland, Best Sustainable Accommodation – Wales.

Image: El Jardín de las Delizias, Spain winner of Best Luxury Eco Accommodation:

Galway hotel nominated for sustainability awards

UK: The Twelve Hotel in Galway has been nominated for the European tourism sustainability awards

UK: The Twelve Hotel in Galway has been nominated for the European tourism sustainability awards

The 2022 GrINN Awards by Quartz Hotels, aim to recognise those who promote sustainable travel within the sector including hospitality and tourism.

Ignacio Merino, Quartz Inn Hotels’ managing director said: “The main objective of the awards is to promote good sustainable practices in the hospitality sector”.

The Twelve Hotel has been nominated for Best Sustainable Accommodation in Ireland, Best Sustainable 4-star hotel in Europe and Best Sustainable Accommodation in Northern Europe.

A spokesperson from the Twelve Hotel said: “We recognise that our business has an important role to play in protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations, and to help secure the long-term sustainability of the tourism industry.”

The hotel has been making huge strides to offer a greener stay by changing the lighting to low energy, adding aerators to its taps (which reduces water consumption), and using 100 per cent biodegradable material for coffee cups. The hotel has also increased its support for locally grown food to serve in its restaurant, as well as helping the local school with its Green Flag environmental activities.

Nominees from 23 European countries are taking part in the 50 categories and the winners from each category will be chosen after a public voting process.

Quartz Inn, which runs the awards, says it aims to “reduce energy, water, CO2 emissions, and waste production. Our aim is to achieve more stringent sustainability targets … and emphasise innovation and sustainability as part of an overall guest experience in our hotels.”

​Quartz Inn plants trees for every new hotel and partner joining and allocates a percentage of its income for reforestation and to preserve local cultures and the environment.

Image: Twelve Hotel

Eight easyHotels gain Green Globe certification

BENELUX: All eight easyHotels across the Netherlands and Belgium have been awarded the internationally recognised Green Globe accreditation.

BENELUX: All eight easyHotels across the Netherlands and Belgium have been awarded the internationally recognised Green Globe accreditation.

Green Globe has been around for 29 years and is an internationally recognised standard for sustainable tourism, based on 44 globally accepted sustainability criteria across all departments and activities.

Green Globe cites itself as the original standard that all tourism eco-labels are based on. Once a hotel has become a member they can access a dedicated portal, Green Globe Solutions, which offers sustainability management solutions as an ongoing plan.

Lucas Drewes, managing director easyHotels said: “We are very proud to have received Green Globe certification for all our eight easyHotels in The Netherlands and Belgium. This fits perfectly with our vision of being the sustainable leader in the affordable budget hotel segment and shows that super sustainability and super prices can go hand in hand. It’s super easy!”

As part of its Green Globe certification easyHotel Benelux has committed to the international standard for sustainable tourism and regular independent verification inspections. Sustainability management practices include monthly measurement of water usage for awareness of consumption per property; communicating sustainability to guests, suppliers and staff regarding saving water and energy, as well as waste separation; and providing guests with recommendations for vegetarian/ vegan restaurants, local sightseeing and natural attractions.

EasyHotel properties are based on low carbon construction and operation, and are in central locations which the group says increases the options for taking public transport and walking. 

The hotel franchise also offsets emissions with the Trees For All program, which plants trees in the Netherlands and abroad. 

Paul Kreuzkamp, hotel manager easyHotel Maastricht City Centre said: “By showing our guests that sustainability measures do not take away from their guest travel experience and comfort, we believe that our guests are better aware of how they can minimise their footprint while exploring the world!” 

Each easyHotel team also engages in volunteer social work, such as volunteering at food banks, walking with elderly people, and removing rubbish from parks.

Image: easyHotel Amsterdam City Centre