Saturday, July 15th 2017.
Quinta do Bom Despacho, the home of sustainable holidays and events in the Azorean capital recently celebrated two years of operation in offering outstanding accommodation and guest service.
I preparation for its opening two years ago, Quinta do Bom Despacho embarked on a rigorous program of operational excellence in sustainable tourism culminating in their achievement of Green Growth 2050 GOLD Certification. The Green Growth 2050 Standard comprises 400 best practice compliance indicators and recognizes excellence in environmental, socio-economic & cultural sustainability in the travel & tourism industry.
This achievement of two years of operation and certification, coincides with the celebration of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism, declared by the United Nations, and which calls for responsible management of tourist destinations and accommodation.
Quinta do Bom Despacho is dedicated to ensuring a better future for tourism in the Azores, by showing a healthy and successful entrepreneurship model that values the environment and the people, and have hosted many happy and sustainable vacations. In addition to accommodation, the property has spaces for events and promotes various local development initiatives with its partners. This includes hosting free of charge several schools and numerous public institutions promoting sustainability awareness to enjoy its spaces.
This year Quinta do Bom Despacho will engage several business partners that operate ethically in various areas, from tourist animation, to the offer of goods and services, demonstrating that good practice criteria can be met without jeopardizing economic sustainability. The hotel already has a long list of new ventures, but is looking for a collaborative approach with the local community. These include developing a participatory map of São Miguel, where visitors can point out ventures or ethical offers, so the hotel can identify new partners and be able to co-create a São MiguEthical guide: A kind of script for a low impact vacation and high responsibility.
Green Growth 2050 congratulates Quinta do Bom Despacho on its second birthday and looks forward to them continuing to be one of the shining lights in sustainable tourism both in their local setting and globally.
About Quinta do Bom Despacho
Quinta do Bom Despacho is a charming estate just a stone’s throw from the centre of São Miguel’s capital Ponta Delgada, at the very heart of the Atlantic Ocean. Originally built in the 1700s as a large family home, it has recently been re-conceptualized into a unique and versatile space for sustainable holidays and events. We offer 10 uber-comfortable double bedrooms that have been decorated to suit their individual character and our prevailing concepts, and we have a range of spaces and facilities to help you host unforgettable events.
Opened for business since June of 2015, we help fill the current gap in sustainable lodging options, offering the more conscientious visitors to the Azores an alternative to conventional holidaymaking that is at once genuinely grassroots and unquestionably professional. But Quinta do Bom Despacho is not only about the comfort of a night well slept or an awesome event in a certified sustainable destination – here, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to activities too. If you choose to spend time with us, you’ll get to revel in all kinds of fun, from poolside action to renewable energy testing, fruit-picking and beyond.