GOLD Status for Green Tourism
The company was assessed against a range of criteria, including energy efficiency, waste management and environmental activities by the Green Tourism Business scheme. This national award encourages and supports businesses to introduce environmentally friendly and sustainable practices. The scheme is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK.
“Each year the standards seem to go up, so getting GOLD is great news,” said Derek Hairon, director of Jersey Kayak Adventures. An area where the company scored was their strategy to encourage the use of public transport and cycling to departure points. Start times of tours frequently coincide with bus times and discounts are given when people arrive by bus.
Referring to the assessor’s report Derek Hairon continued:
“Getting advice from national inspectors is an opportunity to find out what we do well and where we can do better. In some cases it’s simple things, which are easily overlooked, like asking clients to use cycle water bottles filled with tap water. Once afloat tap water tastes just as good as bottled mineral water and is far less wasteful. Plus: It saves money!”
Green tourism businesses are those actively engaged in reducing the negative environmental and social impacts of their tourism operations by actively engaging in socially and environmentally responsible actions
Within Jersey there only four organisations with gold awards.
Other companies with a Gold grade include: Durrell, Creepy Valley and La Mare Wine Estate.
About Jersey Kayak Adventures
The company was founded in 2005 and pioneered the use of Sit-on-top sea kayaks in the UK. As a further mark of quality the company is a British Canoe Union approved centre.
All staff are trained as Wild Life Safe guides and is a member of Ecoactive Jersey.
Led by experienced staff the company run tours and courses with modern sit-on-top sea kayaks around the coast of Jersey and also on the offshore reefs of les Ecrehous and les Minquiers.
Director Derek Hairon is a BCU level 5 kayak coach with over 40 years sea kayak experience including a successful circumnavigation of Ireland by kayak, expeditions to Alaska and Nepal. He wrote the only training manual in Europe for Sit-on-top kayaks which is now published in both English and French versions.