The Majestic Line achieve Green Tourism Gold Award
What achieving our Green Tourism award means
We are supported in our sustainability practices, and in our improvement journey by the world-leading sustainability accreditation partner, Green Tourism. Achieving a Green Tourism award means that our sustainability practices have been assessed and verified by a credible partner. It shows that we have an ongoing commitment:
• to sustainability standards and practices
• to work responsibly, ethically, and sustainably
• to contribute to our community
• to reduce our impact on the environment, and
• to be accessible and inclusive to all visitors and staff.
Green Tourism has assessed our business against 15 sustainability criteria grouped under the pillars of People, Places and Planet. These consider the social, economic, and environmental actions we undertake, providing a holistic assessment of our sustainability performance.
We were assessed and rated by Green Tourism's Technical Team, who are trained to IMEA standards. Green Tourism also helped us to highlight our areas of sustainability strength.
At our last assessment our sustainability highlights included: a 97% score in Community for the charitable work that we do with our local community and wider national community such as sponsoring a local shinty team, becoming the first corporate partner of Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust and supporting our local community school.
Our second highlight was achieving a 100% score for Experiences. Our mission has always been to provide an authentic sustainable experience for our guests by taking them to undiscovered hidden gems, promoting the value of walking, revelling in the wonder of dark skies and unspoilt locations so to achieve 100% is amazing.
Our third highlight was to achieve 100% in Food and Drink. Our commitment to source local food and drink has always been at the forefront of our mission so to be recognised as offering a sustainable, ethical and responsible menu is a wonderful achievement.
We're so proud to have achieved these excellent scores under the Green Tourism pillar of People / Places / Planet which are alighned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
What do the Green Tourism gradings mean?
Green Tourism provides an overall grading of Gold, Silver, or Bronze depending on the overall score achieved across the comprehensive criteria.
Typically, an entry-level business, who are in the early stages of its green journey but has shown great commitment to making its business work more sustainably and is currently implementing a range of measures related to the 15 goals across all three pillars of People, Places and Planet.
Typically, a business that falls under this category can demonstrate good practice across our three pillars of People, Places and Planet, but has an action plan of best practice improvements that will enhance the sustainability practices within the business.
A business that achieves the highest standards of sustainability has a strong and broad environmental ethos and can provide excellent examples of best practice throughout the majority of the three pillars of People, Places and Planet. It has made significant changes to its working practices and continues to review and maintain them.
Of those businesses in the tourism and hospitality industry that put themselves forward for Green Tourism’s third-party verification, around one-third achieve bronze, one-third silver, and one-third bronze. Our grading at the last assessment in November 2022 was Gold.
Our next assessment
Our next assessment will take place in December 2023 when we aim to achieve a Green Tourism Gold award again.