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 Ards Blair Mayne Leisure Centre
Ark Farm Aurora Aquatic and Leisure Complex
Ballyholme Yacht Club Bangor Marina
Bangor Visitor Information Centre Cairn Bay Lodge
Clandeboye Estate Clandeboye Lodge Hotel
Echlinville Distillery Exploris Aquarium
Glastry Farm Ice Cream  Indie Fude
Mobile Team Adventure Newtownards Visitor Information Centre
North Down Museum Pickie Funpark
Portaferry Hotel Salty Dog Hotel and Bistro
SUP Hub NI The Stables Ballygraffan
Tracey's Farmhouse Kitchen WWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre


The Green Tourism programme is funded by Ards and North Down Borough Council’s Recycling Community Investment Fund (RCIF) - a scheme which is powered by the recycling efforts of local residents and businesses.