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Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. Confirmed as a High Quality Carbon Neutral Operation

Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd announces today that it has been recognised again as one of the country’s leading tourism businesses by Qualmark - New Zealand tourism’s official quality assurance system.

To earn the prestigious quality mark, Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd underwent a comprehensive on-site assessment to ensure it met general quality criteria focused on service, fleet in use, safety and business management systems in place.

“We achieved the best result this year” comments the owner of Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd, Yasmine Sander Ickenroth. “Our overall score is now 82% and all secondary as well as the tertiary criteria are fully met” informs Mrs. Sander Ickenroth further.

During this year’s assessment the company was confirmed as ‘Visitor Service’ as well as ‘Visitor Transport’. “We are particularly proud of being again confirmed as a ‘Visitor Transport’. We presented to our Qualmark assessor a comprehensive fleet management sheet which was developed in-house in order to prove an acceptable industry standard for our fleet” informs Mrs. Sander Ickenroth. “This new fleet management sheet forms not only the basis for our Qualmark assessment but further more enables us to monitor our carbon footprint” reveals Mrs. Sander Ickenroth.

Qualmark confirmed the ‘Enviro Silver’ status for Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. “Our commitment to the Queenstown community, the co-operation with the Department of Conservation as well as our partnership with Carbonfund.org made it clear to our assessor that we truly deserve to be recognized as one of the country’s leading tourism businesses” comments Mrs. Sander Ickenroth further.

Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. offset again its operational carbon emissions with Carbonfund.org, the leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization. By joining Carbonfund.org’s CarbonFree® Partner program, Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. has joined a global movement of businesses and organizations that are leading the fight against global warming.

Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. is committed to monitor its energy consumption, fuel usage, the kilometres travelled by its customers while joining its tours and the kilometres travelled by its employees in order to get from and to work. Those activities are a part of its environmental impact management initiative.

“Like last year, we calculated our carbon footprint with an online calculator and offset 35 Metric Tonnes of CO2 emissions which could not be omitted during the past 12 months” explains Mrs. Sander Ickenroth.

By offsetting their non-avoidable operational emissions, Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd. will be supporting Carbonfund.org’s third-party validated reforestation projects.

It was very important for us to work with an organization that supports certified projects that are internationally recognized and comply with set standards," Mrs Sander Ickenroth said. "We also sought an organization that offered verification by independent auditors. Carbonfund.org met these criteria."

About Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd
Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd specializes in sightseeing tours into Skippers Canyon. Skippers Tours can be combined with a Wine Tour to experience a full day in the Wakatipu Basin. They employ 7 on-call Driver-Guides and have been offering their service into Skippers Canyon for more than 10 years now. www.queenstown-heritage.co.nz

About Qualmark
Qualmark is performing yearly assessments for licensees. The criteria are developed with the tourism industry, based on research into what travellers expect, and specific to the type of business.
Qualmark is jointly owned by Tourism New Zealand and the New Zealand Automobile Association. The programme is run as an industry service, on a not-for-profit basis and is the way the industry directs travellers to quality assured products and services. www.qualmark.co.nz

About Carbonfund.org
Carbonfund.org is the leading nonprofit carbon reduction and climate solutions organization,
making it easy and affordable for individuals, businesses and organizations to reduce their climate impact by supporting third-party validated renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. Carbonfund.org has over 600,000 individual supporters and over 1,800 business and nonprofit partners including Discovery, Motorola, Amtrak, Dell, JetBlue, Virgin America and Staples. www.carbonfund.org

 

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15 September 2011

Queenstown Heritage Tours Ltd
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