LOS ANGELES, California – Green Globe announces certification of the Gordian Terrace House, located on the island of Virgin Gorda, in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Gordian Terrace was one of the four properties selected to be part of the BVI Tourist Board’s Sustainable Tourism Environmental Program (STEP), launched in November 2011. The BVI Tourist Board, under the leadership of the government of the Virgin Islands, has taken proactive measures to preserve the beauty and the habitat of the BVI and help the territory become the premier destination for sustainable tourism in the Caribbean.
“We are delighted to be the first property on Virgin Gorda to be Green Globe certified,” said Lauralee Maynard, Marketing Manager at the Gordian Terrace. “Being part of STEP and working with Green Globe enabled us to be a more efficient company, and also provided the tools needed to educate our staff on sustainable practices. We are strongly committed to our important role of protecting our environment for our guests and residents of the British Virgin Islands.”
A long-term sustainability management system is implemented at the Gordian Terrace House to improve the organization, execution, and evaluation of their efforts. Awareness is promoted among guests, suppliers, and contractors through a comprehensive communication strategy, as well as local environmental and community-related activities. Gordian Terrace partners with Green VI [ www.greenvi.org ], a local non-profit organization, working for a greener, cleaner and healthier BVI – “We Are All In This Together” is the motto here.
“We are elated as more and more properties see the significance of preserving and protecting the environment,” commented Natasha Chalwell, Policy and Product Development Manager with the BVI Tourist Board. “The long-term goal is to stimulate economic growth throughout the territory, while maintaining each unique aspect of ‘Nature’s Little Secrets’ in efforts to facilitate the needs of future generations.”
BVI’s Premier Dr. Orlando Smith will be co-hosting the upcoming Leadership Summit for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative in May (May 17-18). Supported by Sir Richard Branson and the Nature Conservatory, this conference will bring together environment ministers, heads of government, and CEOs from around the region to evaluate and set the course for the management and preservation of the region’s marine and coastal environment. The Caribbean Challenge Initiative was launched in 2008.
ABOUT GORDIAN TERRACE HOUSE
Gordian Terrace neatly sits on an elevated lot within the amiable community of North Sound, on the island of Virgin Gorda. Encircled by the flora and fauna of the indigenous shrubs like bougainvillea, hibiscus, and oleander, the Gordian Terrace offers panoramic views of the Bitter End anchorage, and the North and South Sounds can be easily observed from the upper level suites and studio spaces. The Gordian Terrace features 8 spacious and luxurious condos with ocean and garden views. Studio spaces are idyllic for couples, while the spacious living and dining area found in the two-bedroom suites are ideal for families. Amenities include a full-service kitchen, barbecue grill, snorkeling gear, and much more. Gorgeous white sand beaches, quaint boutiques, indulging local and international cuisine eateries, historical sites, and other places of interest are conveniently located within the backyard of this island charm.
Contact: Lauralee Maynard, Executive Marketing Manager, Gordian Terrace , Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, Phone: (284) 495 5338, Cell: (284) 495 544 0605, Email [email protected] , www.gordianhouse.com
ABOUT GREEN GLOBE CERTIFICATION
Green Globe Certification is the worldwide sustainability system based on internationally-accepted criteria for sustainable operation and management of travel and tourism businesses. Operating under a worldwide license, Green Globe Certification is based in California, USA, and is represented in over 83 countries. Green Globe Certification is a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, supported by the United Nations Foundation. For information, visit www.greenglobe.com