At The Royal Yacht Britannia, we are delighted to be part of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
In 2017 green tourism will continue to encourage sustainable tourism, environmental protection, support local cultures and communities, conserve natural resources and reduce pollution.
Britannia has achieved gold standard for Environmental Management for 5 straight years and our environmental protection statement has been designed to retain that status for years to come.
Situated north of the city centre, the historic Port of Leith is a haven for wildlife. Our visitors will soon be able identify the wide variety of sea birds that surround The Queen’s former floating palace. Signage highlighting the wild birds that can be seen from Britannia and the waterfront will be on display along the tour route, increasing visitor awareness of the natural wildlife that exists in the port. We will also be asking visitors to tell us how many sea birds they spotted during their visit.
A map will soon be available for visitors, detailing Edinburgh’s natural hidden assets, including the Water of Leith, flowing through the capital from the Pentland Hills to The Royal Yacht Britannia. Our aim is to encourage visitors to Edinburgh to explore the city on foot, by bike or via public transport.
Local transport provider, Lothian Buses, is committed to protecting the environment. It invests heavily in new vehicles, technology and partnerships to bring an environmentally friendly service. Visitors are able to travel directly to Britannia via Lothian Buses number 22 from the city centre.
Our Events and Hospitality team rely on the finest seasonal produce to deliver an event of a lifetime for guests. Britannia purchases from a wide range of local food suppliers, including Royal Warrant holders Mark Murphy & Partner, who provide us with our fruit and vegetables.
In our Gift Shop, we recently launched our environmentally-friendly shopping bag, providing an addition to our popular and long standing Britannia jute bag.
Britannia’s Swap Shop is being formed to provide an eco-friendly, staff cooperative for exchanging products. We won’t deal with money; it’s a completely free way of exchanging unwanted items.
We have also often participated in WWF’s annual Earth Hour, where we switched off the majority of our lights to highlight the issue of climate change.
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