Who are the contributors?

What is Green Tourism?

Tourism has the potential to have a negative, neutral or positive affect on the environment. Encouraging Tourism businesses to become greener is not only good for the planet but also the economy. A large majority of global travelers – 87% – say that they want to travel sustainably, according to the new Sustainable Travel Report released by Booking.com in honor of Earth Day on 22 April 2019.

Being sustainable not only reduces your impact on the environment, but helps you to improve your customer experience, support your local economy and stand out from your competitors. 

Our Green Stories

The County Down region has won global Top 100 Sustainable Destination status for the third year running, and to celebrate this fantastic achievement we launched a brand new scheme to help local businesses capitalise on our area’s award-winning green credentials.

Ards and North Down Borough Council, in partnership with Green Tourism – the UK’s leading accreditation body – offered the chance for local businesses to register to apply for one of the limited spaces available, which would allow them the opportunity to tell their Green Story to the world, with the help of a dedicated marketing team. In addition, Ards and North Down Borough Council will also use the stories to promote our fabulous area. That process closed in November and we are absolutely delighted to now be able to announce that the participating businesses are:








Ards Arts Centre | Our Green Story Ards Blair Mayne Leisure Centre | Our Green Story
Sustainable Journey's Ireland (previously Ards Peninsula Tours) | Our Green Story Ark Farm | Our Green Story
Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex | Our Green Story Ballyholme Yacht Club | Our Green Story
Bangor Marina | Our Green Story Bangor Visitor Information Centre | Our Green Story
Cairn Bay Lodge | Our Green Story Clandeboye Estate | Our Green Story
Clandeboye Lodge Hotel | Our Green Story Echlinville Distillery | Our Green Story
Glastry Farm Ice Cream | Our Green Story Indie Fude | Our Green Story
Mobile Team Adventure | Our Green Story Portaferry Hotel | Our Green Story
Salty Dog Hotel and Bistro | Our Green Story The Stables Ballygraffan | Our Green Story
North Down Museum | Our Green Story Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen | Our Green Story
WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre | Our Green Story Sup-Hub NI | Our Green Story
Funded by the Council’s Recycling Community Investment Fund, powered by the recycling efforts of local residents and businesses.