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 | Their story Ards Blair Mayne Leisure Centre | Their story
Ards Peninsula Tours | Their story Ark Farm | Their story
Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex | Their story Ballyholme Yacht Club | Their story
Bangor Marina | Their story Bangor VIC | Their story
Cairn Bay Lodge | Their story Clandeboye Estate | Their story
Clandeboye Lodge Hotel | Their story Echlinville Distillery | Their story
Exploris Aquarium  Glastry Farm Ice Cream | Their story
Indie Fude | Their story Mobile Team Adventure | Their story
Newtownards VIC | Their story North Down Museum | Their story
Pickie Funpark  Portaferry Hotel | Their story
Salty Dog Hotel and Bistro | Their story SUP Hub NI | Their story
The Stables Ballygraffan | Their story Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen | Their story
WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre | Their story  
Funded by the Council’s Recycling Community Investment Fund, powered by the recycling efforts of local residents and businesses.