La Hougue Bie Museum in Jersey has been awarded a Gold Level by one of Britain’s most influential tourism bodies.
Green Tourism is a not-for-profit organisation with more than 2,000 members across the UK, Ireland, Italy and Canada, and is recognised by the UK national and regional government as a crucial element of its drive towards sustainability.
La Hougue Bie Museum features one of Europe’s finest passage graves where visitors can learn about life in Jersey’s Neolithic community 6,000 years ago. From autumn 2015 the museum has been the home of the world-famous Celtic coin hoard discovered at Le Catillon in Grouville in 2012.
La Hougue Bie Museum was assessed during a visit to the site by Green Tourism in summer 2015. There are three levels of awards; gold silver and bronze with criteria based on accessibility by public transport, minimizing waste, efficient operations, and respect for the environment.
Peter Roberts, Site Gardien at La Hougue Bie Museum said, “We are obviously delighted to achieve the highest level possible under the Green Tourism evaluation scheme. We have worked very hard to make La Hougue Bie not only a special place to visit, but also to respect the environment in which it sits. Only a small number of visitor attractions achieve a Gold Level each year and so this is a very high accolade indeed”.
Each year a number of Green Tourism Gold Award winners are shortlisted for a GoldStar Awards, which are given to those visitor attractions that have done the most to promote sustainability within the industry, by implementing cost-saving practices that help the environment, improve customer service and benefit profitability. Jersey Heritage won’t know if La Hougue Bie Museum has been shortlisted until 2016.
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