Birmingham’s Radisson hotel signs up for green accreditation

Birmingham’s 39-storey Radisson SAS Hotel has signed up to a major sustainable tourism certification scheme.

The Radisson SAS chain of hotels and resorts, which includes the glass-fronted Radisson SAS in Birmingham, has signed up to an agreement with the Green Tourism Business Scheme to gain environmental certification for its establishments.

The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the leading sustainable tourism certification scheme in the UK.  Businesses are assessed against criteria covering areas such as energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and environmental awareness training.

Alexandra Hammond, responsible business manager for Rezidor Hotel Group UK, the parent of Radisson SAS, said: “This commitment is about more than continuously improving the environmental credentials of our hotels and meeting facilities, it’s about giving our clients a recognisable and trusted third party verification of our environmental performance.”

Andrea Nicholas of the Green Tourism Business Scheme said: “Research has shown that 70 per cent of tourists believe it is important for hotels to be environmentally conscious and the eco-tourism industry is growing at more than 25 per cent a year.”

“It is important for consumers to be sure that businesses which claim to be environmentally responsible are doing what they claim and not just paying lip service to the idea.

“The GTBS was established 11 years ago to provide a trustworthy green accreditation scheme in which consumers can feel confident

”We send out a qualified independent assessor every two years to carry out a full environmental check to make sure standards are kept and provide ongoing support and advice for members.”

“Radisson SAS is the latest internationally renowned business to recognise the importance of independent assessments.”