First sustainable tourism certified hotel in Tassie named

The first hotel in Tasmania to achieve Ecotourism Australia’s Sustainable Tourism Certification has been announced.

Pepper’s Silo Hotel Launceston has achieved sustainable tourism certification after being recognised for its environmental measures across the hotel.

The Ecotourism Australia’s Sustainable Tourism Certification includes recognition for meetings and events offerings, restaurants and hotel facilities.

It means Peppers Silo Hotel Launceston has met international best practice sustainable tourism standards across eight criteria including environmental management, interpretation and education, working with local communities, and cultural respect and sensitivity.

Accor Pacific CEO PM&E, Adrian Williams, says it is a significant milestone as the first hotel in Tasmania to meet the globally recognised standards.

“Peppers Silo Hotel Launceston exemplifies our dedication to environmental stewardship, community engagement, and cultural respect,” says Williams.

“Independent certification is a must-have for hotels to help guests make sustainable travel decisions, and we continue to put sustainability at the core of everything we do.”

Peppers Silo Hotel Launceston GM, Paul Seaman, says the hotel team has worked diligently to improve sustainability initiatives across the entire property.

“Peppers Silo Hotel Launceston is committed to supporting our local community with minimised impact to our environment,” he says.

“A key part of our journey has been our relationship with our food producers and growers and a commitment to sustainable food and beverage offering.”

The program was launched by Ecotourism Australia in 2022.

Ecotourism Australia CEO, Elissa Keenan, says almost half of global travellers say accommodations with sustainability certifications are more appealing.

“Peppers Silo Hotel Launceston will undoubtedly inspire other non-nature-based accommodations as well as experiences to strive for best practice sustainability efforts, to foster a network of sustainable tourism in the region,” says Keenan.

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