Sofitel QueenstownSofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa is now one of New Zealand’s top performing green business operators, earning an Enviro Gold award this month from the nation’s official quality assurance system, Qualmark.

Introduced in 2008, Qualmark™ Green assesses and rates tourism operators on environmental performance. High-achieving businesses carrying a Qualmark™ Enviro logo are assessed on their environmental performance with Enviro Awards (Bronze, Silver or Gold) given to top performers in five key action areas pertaining to waste management, water conservation and community and conservation initiatives.

Sofitel Queenstown received its first Enviro Gold Award from Qualmark in 2011 and the property’s general manager, Vincent Macquet, said the hotel was very proud to have again earned Qualmark’s highest environmental ranking in 2014.

“I’m pleased to say that the Sofitel Queenstown Hotel & Spa is not only one of New Zealand’s most exclusive hotels, but importantly we are now officially also one of the most environmentally responsible hotels taking care of our destination for future generations of travellers.

“In Queenstown, we’re privileged to live aside some of the world’s most amazing scenery with the great outdoors on our doorstep and this in itself provides daily inspiration to spur us on to achieve our green goals,” Mr Macquet said.