Our second consecutive Greenleaders Platinum level Award has arrived from Tripadvisor, to take it’s place on the wall beside our other honours. All GreenLeader hotels and B&Bs must apply to the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Programme.

If accepted, GreenLeaders achieve one of four statuses: Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The higher the status, the greater the impact of a property’s green practices. Cnoc Suain received a  Platinum Level Award in 2014 for its green practices – which is awarded biannually – and another for 2016 . TripAdvisor is extending its GreenLeaders program, which highlights hotels and B&Bs engaging in environmentally friendly practices, into 19 new markets.

GreenLeaders has grown quickly in the US, TripAdvisor says, and it now plans to take the program into Canada and Europe, including the UK, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Spain. The hotel ratings site launched GreenLeaders in April 2013, following consultation with the United Nations Environment Programme, the US Green Building Council, Energy Star, and the International Center for Responsible Tourism Canada. The company has since awarded the status to over 3,700 hotels and B&Bs, ranging from small, independent establishments to multinational brands including Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Select Registry and Coast Hotels. TripAdvisor says GreenLeaders is the largest national green hotel program that directly assesses eco-friendly practice.