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Tourism operators are on awards shortlist.

THREE Weardale tourism operators are in the running for an award recognising the way their businesses are run to benefit both visitors and the environment.

Killhope, the North of England lead mining museum, Dowfold House B&B in Crook and Cromer House Barn near Wolsingham have all made the finals of the membership-based Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) Goldstar awards. The shortlist for the new awards has been drawn up from businesses in the top 2% of the GTBS' Gold Award holders. Eight awards will go to those businesses which are judged to have demonstrated the best green ambassadorship and innovation during the last 12 months.

The three Weardale businesses are all within the North Penninnes Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Shane Harris, the AONB Partnership's sustainable tourism officer, said: "These businesses are the cream of the cream in terms of putting their customers first and really caring for and enhancing their environments. At the AONB Partnership we're proud to have supported the three businesses in a variety of ways on their green journey, from direct support when joining the Green Tourism Scheme initially, to mentoring, support, encouragement and special promotion over the years.

"Killhope Museum and Cromer House Barn have benefited from grants through our Sustainable Development Fund and other funding schemes to enhance their green credentials.

"These include a Combat Carbon public display at Killhope and a grey water recycling scheme at Cromer House Barn.

"The fact that three businesses that have had the AONB Partnership''s support to go green are being recognised nationally is particularly apt because we recently learned that the AONB Partnership retained its own GTBS Gold Award at its third reassessment in the corporate office category."

The winners of the awards will be announced in Edinburgh on Friday.

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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
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