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03/02/2014

News Release – Issued by The Park Inn

The Park Inn by Radisson York hotel has been awarded the Silver rating by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS).


The Park Inn by Radisson York hotel has been awarded the Silver rating by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS).

GTBS is the UK’s leading sustainable tourism certification scheme which recognizes and rates hotels and tourism businesses demonstrating high levels of commitment in protecting the environment and promoting sustainable tourism with bronze, silver and gold awards.

In order to get the Silver rating, the hotel had to demonstrate the efforts it has made to be environmentally aware. Judges visited the hotel to assess the ways in which the hotel is responsible and agreed to pass the prominent Silver level of the GTBS.

“We are delighted to win this award. This is fantastic recognition for the hard work our team puts in to being a responsible and green business”, remarks Sally Hughes, General Manager. “Within the Park Inn by Radisson York and across all of our sister properties throughout the world, we are committed to sustainable tourism and minimising damage to the environment. As part of our ambitious Think Planet project, the hotel is targeted to reduce energy consumption by 25% by 2016.”

The Park Inn by Radisson York enforces a company-wide Responsible Business programme passionately by making a conscious decision in favour of the environment and social issues, not just in the hotel business life but also privately too.
Some of the ways in which the Park Inn by Radisson York acts responsibly include:

• Low energy lighting installed throughout the hotel and external lighting and signage fitted with light sensors.
• Flow restrictors have been fitted to all showers and taps, saving six litres of water per minute.
• E-Cube installed to refrigeration units, ensuring huge savings on energy consumption.
• Active quarterly “Green meetings” attended by hotel staff.
• Towel & Linen recycling Programme.
• Introduction of organic and fair trade teas and coffees.
• All employees attend a mandatory Responsible Business training programme

As well as boasting a new eco-label, the centrally located hotel is also sporting a stylish new look following a recent transformation. In 2013, over £600,000 was invested to transform the hotel’s lobby, bar and meeting space. With floor to ceiling windows and stunning river views, the bar is the ideal place to relax and unwind, have a coffee and catch-up, or after work cocktail.

ENDS


For further information please contact:

Sally Hughes, General Manager

Tel: +44 1904 459988, Email: sally.hughes@rezidorparkinn.com

Julie Deighton, The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group

Tel: +44 207 2086149, Email: Julie.deighton@carlsonrezidor.com

Notes to Editors:

The Park Inn by Radisson York is a vibrant hotel and conference centre located in the centre of York. The 200 stylish and comfortable guest rooms, including Standard, Riverview and Business Friendly rooms, feature 24-hour room service, air conditioning, complimentary use of Innaction Health and Fitness Club, and flat-screen 26'' digital TVs.

With 13 flexible meeting rooms, this is the largest hotel in York. Just a five-minute walk from York Train Station and near shopping districts, major tourist attractions and several corporate headquarters, it is an ideal hotel for business and leisure guests. World famous attractions nearby include the Jorvik Viking Centre, York Minster and the unique National Railway Museum.

Park Inn by Radisson, operated by The Rezidor Hotel Group in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), is an innovative mid-market brand. Late 2012 saw the launch of a new competitive concept that further enhances the attractiveness, commerciality and profitability of the brand. It aims to retain guests of Gen X, and to attract and nurture the growing clientele of Gen Y. Park Inn by Radisson is all about a positive, personalized experienced focusing on customer choice based on flexibility, functionality, and connectivity. The hotels feature contemporary design and creative hospitality solutions; and are inviting multipurpose social hubs. Park Inn by Radisson currently comprises 160 hotels in operation or under development across EMEA.

For more information, visit www.parkinn.com