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Winners of the 2023 “GrINN Awards” for European sustainable tourism announced

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In a showcase of global engagement across 100 categories and participation from 51 countries, the “GrINN Awards” underlines a united commitment to promoting sustainability and responsibility in the tourism industry.

The 2nd edition of the “GrINN Awards” has recently concluded, highlighting the remarkable achievements of the European hospitality sector. Organized by Quartz Inn Hotels, these
awards mark a significant step towards recognizing and promoting eco-friendly practices within the industry.

Global recognition

Among the winners, Spain stands out as a prominent player, securing victories across various categories. Notably, Ashford Castle in Ireland takes the spotlight as the most awarded hotel, earning titles such as Best Local Gastronomy, Best Luxury Eco Accommodation, and Best Sustainable Historic Hotel. This diverse range of winners reflects a collective dedication to advancing sustainable practices in the dynamic landscape of European tourism.

“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the winners and participants of the “2023 GrINN Awards” Their dedication to sustainable practices in European tourism is truly commendable. Together, we have to shape a more responsible and eco-friendly future for our industry.” said Jolanta Dziewit, Director of Sustainability, iVisitKrakow.com and member of the jury.

Distinguished Jury Panel

The awards’ integrity is fortified by an expert jury, including distinguished figures such as Francisco Rodriguez Mora, Head Chef at The Trout at Tadpole Bridge; Katie Ellam, CEO of Book Eco Hotels; Jolanta Dziewit, Director of Sustainability at iVisitKrakow.com; Branislava Grbic, Global Sales Manager at Rosewood Hotel Group; Roeland Verhamme, CEO & Founder at Expect Me; Lidiia Tkachenko, Director & co-founder of Quartz Inn Hotels; and Ignacio Merino, Head of Strategic Partnerships at Freetour.com. This esteemed panel is led by Alexander Zawadzki, Director of Quartz Inn Hotels, who serves as the awards presenter and organizer.

Full list of winners

  • Best Eco-Friendly Spa: Herb House Spa at Lime Wood Hotel | Lyndhurst | England
  • Best Local Gastronomy: Ashford Castle | Cong | Ireland
  • Best Luxury Eco Accommodation: Ashford Castle | Cong | Ireland
  • Best Nature Accommodation: Basoa Suites | Larraintzar | Spain
  • Best Sustainable & Original Accommodation – Europe: Miluna Open Nature Rooms | Hormigos | Spain
  • Best sustainable 2* Hotel – Europe: Hotel Mestre de Avis | Guimarães | Portugal
  • Best sustainable 3* Hotel – Europe: Hotel Continental | Angers | France
  • Best sustainable 4* Hotel – Europe: The Mandolay Hotel | Guildford | England
  • Best sustainable 5* Hotel – Europe: Castilla Termal Monasterio de Valbuena | San Bernardo | Spain
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Albania: Hotel Republika Berat | Berat | Albania
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Andorra: The Blackpine Hotel | Escaldes-Engordany | Andorra
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Armenia: Dilijani Tun Hotel & Restaurant | Dilijan | Armenia
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Austria: PRIESTEREGG Premium ECO Resort | Leogang | Austria
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Azerbaijan: Holiday Inn Baku | Baku | Azerbaijan
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Belgium: Hotel Fevery | Bruges | Belgium
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Bosnia and Herzegovina: Hotel Vezir Palace | Travnik | Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Bulgaria: ECO Therma Village | Kranevo | Bulgaria
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Central Europe: Hotel Schnitterhof | Bad Sassendorf | Germany
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Croatia: Plitvice Holiday Resort | Grabovac | Croatia
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Cyprus: Anemi Hotel & Suites | Paphos | Cyprus
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Czech Republic: Botanique Hotel Prague | Prague | Czech Republic
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Denmark: Manon Les Suites | Copenhagen | Denmark
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Eastern Europe: Hotel Vega | Constanta | Romania
  • Best sustainable accommodation – England: The Green House | Bournemouth | England
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Estonia: Tallink Express Hotel | Tallinn | Estonia
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Finland: Arctic TreeHouse Hotel | Rovaniemi | Finland
  • Best sustainable accommodation – France: Terragora Lodges | Les Epesses | France
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Georgia: Mtserlebi Resort | Kvishkheti | Georgia
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Germany: Lulu Guldsmeden Hotel | Berlin | Germany
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Greece: Ouzas Luxury Hotel | Olimpiaki Akti | Greece
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Hungary: Irota EcoLodge | Irota | Hungary
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Iceland: Laxá Hótel | Mývatn | Iceland
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Ireland: Ashford Castle | Ireland
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Italy: eco Hotel Milano | Milano | Italy
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Kazakhstan: Hotel Kazzhol Almaty | Almaty | Kazakhstan
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Kosovo: City Inn | Pristina | Kosovo
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Latvia: Riga Islande Hotel | Riga | Latvia
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Liechtenstein: Gorfion Familotel Liechtenstein | Malbun | Liechtenstein
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Lithuania: Romantic Boutique Hotel & Spa | Panevėžys | Lithuania
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Luxembourg: City Hotel Luxembourg | Luxembourg
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Malta: First Gozo | Victoria | Malta
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Moldova: Time Hotel&SPA | Chişinău | Moldova
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Monaco: Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort | Monaco
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Montenegro: Fern Farm Eco Resort | Štitarica | Montenegro
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Netherlands: Maxhotel Schiphol | Amsterdam | Netherlands
  • Best sustainable accommodation – North Macedonia: Hotel Solun | Skopje | North Macedonia
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Northern Europe: Hótel Húsafell | Stórarjóður | Iceland
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Northern Ireland: Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast | Belfast | Northern Ireland
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Norway: Oslo Guldsmeden | Oslo | Norway
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Poland: Natural Hotel | Warlity Wielkie | Poland
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Portugal: Hotel Monverde | Amarante | Portugal
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Romania: Akasha Retreat | Peştera | Romania
  • Best sustainable accommodation – San Marino: Agriturismo Le Bosche | San Marino
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Scotland: Torlinnhe Guest House | Fort William | Scotland
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Serbia: Eco Farm Milanovic | Despotovac | Serbia
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Slovakia: Eco friendly Hotel Dalia | Kosice | Slovakia
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Slovenia: Hotel Plesnik | Solčava | Slovenia
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Southeast Europe: Hotel Slavija | Split | Croatia
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Southern Europe: Eremito hotelito del Alma | Parrano | Italy
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Southwest Europe: Glamping El Regajo Valle del Jerte | El Torno | Spain
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Spain: Hotel Bosque Mar | O Grove | Spain
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Sweden: Treehotel | Harads | Sweden
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Switzerland: Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel | Monthey | Switzerland
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Turkey: Six Senses Kaplankaya | Muğla | Turkey
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Ukraine: Oselya Eco hotel | Kyiv | Ukraine
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Wales: Clayton Hotel | Cardiff | Wales
  • Best sustainable accommodation – Western Europe: Promar – Eco Beach & Spa | Maceira | Portugal
  • Best Sustainable Adult-only Hotel: Arantza Hotela | Arantza | Spain
  • Best sustainable Agrotourism – Europe: Cerrás Agroturismo | Jerte | Spain
  • Best Sustainable Airport Hotel: Maxhotel Schiphol | Amsterdam | Netherlands
  • Best Sustainable Amenities Provider: ZeroWaste Global | Germany
  • Best sustainable Aparthotel – Europe: Kora Green City | Vitoria-Gasteiz | Spain
  • Best Sustainable B&B: Westwood Guest House | Lyme Regis | England
  • Best Sustainable Boat Hotel: Hotel Asile Flottant | Amsterdam | Netherlands
  • Best Sustainable Boutique Hotel – Europe: Hotel Albariza | Sanlúcar de Barrameda | Spain
  • Best Sustainable Camping: Casas Novas de Palmeira | Relva Grande/São Teotonio | Portugal
  • Best Sustainable Cottage: Glencoldon Cottage | Boat of Garten | Scotland
  • Best sustainable design: TIN INN Erkelenz | Erkelenz | Germany
  • Best Sustainable Glamping: El Toril Glamping | Velada | Spain
  • Best Sustainable Historic Hotel: Ashford Castle | Cong | Ireland
  • Best sustainable Hostel – Europe: Albergue Bela Muxia | Muxía | Spain
  • Best Sustainable Hotel – City: Hotel Cafe Royal | London | United Kingdom
  • Best Sustainable Hotel – Countryside: Barnham Broom Hotel | Barnham Broom | England
  • Best Sustainable Hotel – Mountain: CERVO Mountain Resort | Zermatt | Switzerland
  • Best Sustainable Hotel – Seaside: Hotel Bela Fisterra | Fisterra | Spain
  • Best Sustainable Hotel – United Kingdom: Thyme Hotel | Southrope | England
  • Best Sustainable Hotel Chain: Castilla Termal Hoteles | Spain
  • Best Sustainable Hotel Collection: Sutton Hotel Collection | England
  • Best Sustainable Initiative: Posadas de España | Spain
  • Best Sustainable Lake Hotel: Haltia Lake Lodge | Espoo | Finland
  • Best Sustainable LGTBQ-friendly Hotel: Hilltop Forest | Inkoo | Finland
  • Best Sustainable OTA: EcoHotels | Denmark
  • Best Sustainable Pet-friendly Hotel: Ashford Castle | Cong | Ireland
  • Best sustainable progress: Castilla Termal Hoteles | Spain
  • Best Sustainable Pub: Whistler on the Green | Glasgow | Scotland
  • Best Sustainable Resort: Las Villas de Fuentidueña | Fuentidueña | Spain
  • Best Sustainable Restaurant: Friðheimar | Selfoss | Iceland
  • Best Sustainable Vacation Rental Company: Eslanzarote | Lanzarote | Spain
  • Europe’s Leading Sustainable Travel Blog: Ecobnb Blog
  • Most sustainable Travel Company: Thiswillbeu | Denmark
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Vicky is the co-founder of TravelDailyNews Media Network where she is the Editor-in Chief. She is also responsible for the daily operation and the financial policy. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Tourism Business Administration from the Technical University of Athens and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Wales.

She has many years of both academic and industrial experience within the travel industry. She has written/edited numerous articles in various tourism magazines.

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