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The 2011 Guardian Green Travel List

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Posted by Richard Hammond at 07:06 on Saturday 09 April 2011

The nomination period for the Guardian Green Travel List has now closed. Thank you to everyone who sent in a nomination. We have had a fantastic response and have received hundreds of nominations for a wide range of inspiring projects.

Those companies that have been selected to appear on the long list were sent a questionnaire and the final short list appeared in the travel section of the Guardian newspaper on Saturday 4 November. Congratulations to all those who made it on to the list, and thanks to all the wonderful nominations that were sent in.

Nominate a green initiative and have the chance of winning a six-night easy cycling holiday in the LoireNominate a green initiative and have the chance of winning a six-night easy cycling holiday in the Loire

The Guardian's Green Travel List is a guide to companies worldwide that have shown evidence of commitment to community, place and the environment. If you've been inspired by a company, project, organisation or eco initiative, we'd love to hear about it.

We're looking for innovative projects, such as hotels that provide their own renewable energy, visitor centres and attractions that have significantly cut their carbon emissions, low emissions transport initiatives, and authentic community projects worldwide that genuinely give back to the local people and the destination.

Please send suggestions to: info@greentraveller.co.uk, stating clearly:
1. The name of the project and relevant website
2. The category you'd like to nominate it for, choose from the following:
Accommodation
Transport
Days Out/Visitor Attractions
Community Projects
Holidays
3. Why you think it should be included in the Green Travel List (200 words max)

In particular, we are seeking travel and tourism companies who have been really creative and innovative in thinking about how they can be more sustainable. We want to know about innovations in technology and use of technology, but also in marketing, business models, pricing or product design. The aim is to create a list of companies that have been the most innovative in some respect in order to make their business more sustainable.

The List is published in The Guardian in association with greentraveller.co.uk. The Chair of Judges is Dr Graham Miller, Head of School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Surrey. The list will be published in the Guardian newspaper in late Spring.

Please send suggestions to: info AT greentraveller.co.uk, stating clearly:

1. The name of the project and relevant website

2. The category you'd like to nominate it for, choose from the following:

  • Accommodation
  • Transport
  • Days Out/Visitor Attractions
  • Community Projects
  • Holidays, eg. winter/summer activities

3. Why you think it should be included in the Green Travel List (200 words max).

>> The nomination period for the Guardian Green Travel List has now closed. Those companies that have been selected to appear on the long list will be sent a questionnaire by 22 April.

Those who email a suggestion by midnight on 9 April will be entered into a prize draw. Three winners will be selected at random and will receive one of three green holiday prizes:

1. A six-night easy cycling holiday, Chateaux of the Loire, with Inntravel, including rail travel from London, for two people, worth around £1,700. Routes cover 12-28 miles a day, with time to visit vineyards, historic abbeys and fairytale chateaux. The holiday includes accommodation at four hotels, breakfast each day, plus four dinners, luggage transfers, cycle hire, cycling notes and maps, Eurostar and TGV rail travel from London and local transfers. The prize must be taken by 31 October 2011 and is subject to availability.

Nominate and have the chance of winning a 2-night break at The Scarlet Hotel in CornwallNominate and have the chance of winning a 2-night break at The Scarlet Hotel in Cornwall2. A two-night break at the luxurious but sustainable Scarlet Hotel in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, for two people, including one evening meal in the restaurant. The prize will be valid until 19 December 2011 and is subject to availability.

3. Two InterRail tickets from Rail Europe, which cover rail travel on five of 10 days, with first class Eurostar tickets for two people from London to Paris. Valid for one year from the date the winner is announced.

Winners will be notified by the end of April. For full terms and conditions, see: Terms and conditions for the Guardian Green List 2011 competition.

The nominations will then be shortlisted and sent a questionnaire asking for more details about their green initiative. A panel of judges will then then select which entries appear on the final Green Travel List. The panel of judges is chaired by Dr Graham Miller, and includes Chris Johnson, director of Wild Jordan, the eco tourism organisation in Jordan that won the Guardian Travel Awards’ responsible tourism prize in 2010; Tim Smit, Chief Executive and co-founder of The Eden Project; Greg Stevenson, founder of Under the Thatch, the collection of self-catering properties in Wales that won the Guardian Travel Awards’ ethical travel prize in 2007; greentraveller's founder Richard Hammond, and Andy Pietrasik & Gemma Bowes, travel editors at the Guardian newspaper and online travel section.

Read the results of last year's Guardian Green Travel List, which was published in the Guardian newspaper on Saturday 20 February 2010.

The new solar-powered mountain hut above Zermatt is over 90% energy self-sufficient. Photo: Richard HammondThe new solar-powered mountain hut above Zermatt is over 90% energy self-sufficient. Photo: Richard Hammond

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<p>I cannot wait to see the short list. All I know is that this photo is simply amazing and looks very inviting. Thank you for putting on this contest and best of luck to the applicants. </p>
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