Lanzarote Tourist Board awarded prestigious Green Award by Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO)
Lanzarote has been recognised for its efforts in promoting sustainable travel by the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO).
The popular Canary Island picked up the AITO Green Award at a prestigious award ceremony on Thursday, attended by the crème de la crème of the UK travel industry and travel media.
Tourism Minister Ms Carmen Steinert said that recognition of their efforts underlined Lanzarote’s commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism; "This award reinforces Lanzarote´s strategy to obtain an international certification in sustainability and strengthens the positioning of the island in the British market."
The jury recognised Lanzarote’s long standing commitment to environmental and sustainable practices and the careful and tightly controlled design and architecture on the island to blend with the landscape and cultural identity.
Today, Lanzarote has become a benchmark destination in sustainable tourism. Lanzarote was chosen by AENA (Spanish Airport Authority) to set its Green Airport project, becoming the first Green Airport in Spain. There is a Biosphere hotels programme in place to promote responsible tourism operations and local businesses help educate visitors on issues such as water consumption and energy conservation.