Seeking the best green and responsible hotels of 2017

The Green Hotelier Awards 2017 are now open

The Green Hotelier Awards 2017 are now open

The Green Hotelier Awards 2017 are now open. We're looking for the hotels in Europe, Middle East & Africa, Asia Pacific and the Americas with the best environmental and responsible initiatives and practices.

Once again we're looking for hotels and lodgings of any size or category around the world with the best environmental and responsible initiatives and practices that make them stand out from the crowd.

Last year’s winners were extremely diverse, ranging from a Heathrow airport hotel trialling new technology for the rest of the brand’s properties, to a classic hotel in Sydney with a 25 year sustainability history. We recognised hotels in Costa Rica with an extraordinarily low environmental footprint thanks to methane capture and black water treatments, and we awarded hotels in Bogota, Dubai, Thailand, Jordan, UAE, Malaysia, Dublin and Lisbon: all very different properties but all working hard to reduce their environmental impact whilst being a force for social good.

Now we’re looking for 2017’s most responsible and sustainable hotel properties.

Green Hotelier Editor and awards co-judge Siobhan O’Neill said, “Green Hotelier aims to be a free resource showcasing best practice in sustainability from hotels around the world in order that other hoteliers can replicate their initiatives and become more responsible businesses with improved environmental impacts. Not all solutions will work in all regions of the world, but every journey is a lesson we can learn from. This is the chance for the best green hotels around the world to share what they’ve learned with us and their peers to help the hospitality industry as a whole have a bigger collective impact.

“Since we opened the Green Hotelier Awards up to properties beyond the UK, we’ve seen them grow year on year with dozens of varied entries whose eco-initiatives are both fascinating and effective. I can’t wait to learn more from this year’s applicants and to help share their stories and their sustainability journeys to the wider industry.”

The Green Hotelier Awards 2017 are open now with a closing date for applications of Friday 24th March. Winners will be announced during Responsible Business Week starting 24th April 2016.

There will be a winner and two runners up for each of the four regions. We are hoping to attract entries from hotels of all shapes and sizes - whether you're a rustic island resort or inner city business hotel - if you've got a green story to tell we'd love to hear from you.

To enter

Simply download the application form as a pdf form or a Word document, fill it out and send it back to us by post or email (see form for details). On the pdf version you will need to save a copy of the downloaded form and use the 'add text' button on Adobe Reader to enter your details. Alternatively select ‘Annotations’ and the text icon. Or you can convert the form to a Word document. If you have any issues you can email for a copy of the form via

The deadline for applications is Friday 24th March. Entries must be submitted at an individual property level, whether independent or part of a group. Please follow the instructions and read the application tips for further guidance. Entries will be judged on how the hotel has addressed energy, water, waste, community and workplace sustainability issues. Whilst evidence of success in the above categories is important, innovation is also a key factor - we want to find the green pioneers out there, and understand the journeys they’ve undertaken. What challenges did you have to overcome? What have you learned? What are the surprising outcomes?

Let us know you've entered or find out who else is getting involved by following us on Twitter and using the hashtag #GHawards2017.

Announcing the winners

Winners and runners up will be announced during Responsible Business Week starting on 24th April 2016. Award winners will receive:

Exclusive rights to the ‘Green Hotelier Winner 2017' badge (to be used electronically or / and in print)

A best practice case study and article announcing the win on Green Hotelier

A feature in the monthly Green Hotelier newsletter

Promotion through press and social media during Responsible Business Week and beyond

The runners up will be featured in an awards round up article on Green Hotelier and have the opportunity to submit a best practice case study.


*Awards terms and conditions:

  1. Awards are open to owners of hotels in each of the four regions, aged 18 years or older, except employees or contractors of Green Hotelier and anyone connected with the promotion or their direct family members.
  2. Winners of the 2016 Green Hotelier Awards are not permitted to enter this year, however the restriction is lifted in 2018, providing they have progressed further in their sustainability journey. Highly commended or special recognition properties are entitled to send an application this year.
  3. By entering the awards, the participants agree: to be bound by these terms and conditions; that their surname and country of residence may be released if they win; and that the content and images they submit may be used by Green Hotelier for online and social media content.
  4. Entrants should follow the instructions carefully in order to enter. Entries received after the specified closing date will not be considered, and cannot be returned.
  5. Entrants must supply their full name, email address and postal address.
  6. Only one entry will be permitted per property, regardless of method of entry. Bulk entries made by third parties will not be permitted.
  7. The winning entrant will be the one that in the judges’ opinion is the best.
  8. Winners are awarded a certificate of recognition. There is no cash alternative and prizes will not be transferable. Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred.
  9. Our decision as to the winner is final and no correspondence relating to an award will be entered. The name and county of residence of the winner(s) will be available [by sending a request to] within three months of the closing date of the promotion.
  10. The winner(s) will be notified by email within 30 days of the close of the promotion.
  11. We reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions or to cancel, alter or amend the awards at any stage, if deemed necessary in our opinion, or if circumstances arise outside our control.
  12. We exclude liability to the full extent permitted by law for any loss, damage or injury occurring to the participant arising from his or her entry into a competition or occurring to the winner(s) arising from his or her acceptance of a prize.
  13. The awards are subject to the laws of England.

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