Tourism BC honours Sun Peaks
Sun Peaks Resort Corporation received the Environmentally Responsible Tourism Award in Penticton at the seventh annual British Columbia Tourism Awards ceremony.
“We’re extremely pleased to be recognized by Tourism British Columbia for our efforts towards protecting the environment in which we’ve operated over the past 14 years,” said Jamie Tattersfield, mountain operations manager for the resort.
“Our commitment to the environment is fundamental to our corporate culture at Sun Peaks and this award recognizes the efforts of all our employees across all of our different operating departments.”
The award recognizes a tourism business that has demonstrated a will to prevent and reduce the environmental impacts of their business operations through planning and practice.
Since its inception in 1992, Sun Peaks has been committed to environmental, social and economic sustainability.
Some of the many ways the resort works to protect the environment that were recognized include: Erosion and sediment control measures on all construction sites, building minimal impact mountain biking trails, designing a resort village to minimize the need for vehicle traffic, mandating the use of low-flush toilets and fixtures and implementing an environmental management system that conforms to ISO14001 standards.
The British Columbia Tourism Awards were established in 1999 by Tourism British Columbia and the Council of Tourism Associations BC. The awards program has grown substantially since the inaugural event and there are now nine awards open to competition within the provincial tourism industry.
In 2004, Sun Peaks Resort also became the first all-season recreation resort in North America to be certified under the International Organization for Standards for its environmental management system.
Rocky Moutain Vacations was also honoured at the event, winning the Employees First Award. The award recognizes a B.C. tourism employer with high standards of excellence in human resource management.
“You cannot deliver a world-class guest experience unless employees arae satisfied with their roles and overall growth within the company,” said executive vice-president and chief operationg officer James Terry.