As a responsible holiday rental and lettings agency we are keen to promote greener tourism in West Wales and as a wider cause.
We understand that the work we do does impact the sustainability of the local area by bringing more people to the county, so we are keen to stress that when our guests arrive here, they treat the area with respect.
A record-breaking 50 Blue Flags are flying in Wales, with 45 beaches, three marinas and two boat tour operators celebrating international success; Pembrokeshire comes a record-breaking joint-first place for the number of blue flag beaches it has.
The Blue Flag programme is owned by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), with more than 4,000 award-winning sites in nearly 50 countries. Wales is a key area for conservation work and as tourism plays a huge part in the Pembrokeshire economy.
By protecting the best beaches in Wales and recognising the importance they play in the surroundings of Pembrokeshire, will help sustain tourism in the area for years to come.
Why is the Blue Flag award so important?
It helps set the standard high for beaches, marinas and boat tour operators. As so many communities depend on coastal tourism in Wales, the Blue Flag is a guarantee to visitors that they’ve arrived at a quality destination.
What has this got to do with me?
When deciding to holiday let, the impact on environmental issues and sustainability may not be at the forefront of your mind, but there are a number of great reasons why considering the impact your guests have on the environment is vital to sustainability as a long-term goal. If standards were to slip or we lost some of our blue flag status, over time, it could lead to diminished tourism figures and fewer people holidaying in the area, which would have a negative impact on bookings and your viability as a holiday home provider.
To provide and encourage your guests to look after your holiday home, the general area and the future of West Wales as a premier tourism destination, some of your efforts must go to the education and advocation of a green way of thinking.
There are things you can do.
We are working to make the cottage holidays we sell in West Wales more eco-friendly and responsible, but we need your help. We can all reduce our impact on the environment by making choices. As a holiday home owner, we need you to consider the visitors to your property, and that you have a very important role to play in helping us to conserve our area’s prize assets and become a more sustainable holiday destination for future generations.
Promote Energy Conservation
At your cottage, reduce energy by switching off lights and closing windows if heating is on. The Energy Saving Trust provides information on what you can do to save energy at home and when on holiday. Please visit www.energysavingtrust.org.uk for more advice.
Influence the use of local transport or walking
Whilst at your cottage holiday, leave the car behind, if only for a day. Walk, cycle or use public transport.
Champion local trade
Help us to promote local produce and businesses, they give you a flavour of the area and help support local communities. We have some fantastic producers of Welsh food, drink and arts and crafts. Ask us or check out our blog for posts on local and regional produce.
Provide recycling facilities
Provide and encourage appropriate recycling facilities at your property. Avoid overly packaged goods and say no to that extra carrier bag, use a reusable bag. We provide a property information pack for details of local recycling for guests and encourage guests to recycle.
Encourage guests to be water wise
The UK has rising costs for water treatment and flood defense, so please use water wisely. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth, adhere to towel policies, take part in Green Laundry initiatives or other water saving initiatives.
Respect for our area
Help us to look after the beautiful landscape and wildlife of our county by encouraging guests not to litter, start inappropriate bonfires and to use public footpaths and cycle paths responsibly.