Green Tourism in Bournemouth

Projects to help make our tourism industry more sustainable

Bournemouth Seafront Strategy

Bournemouth seafront is the main leisure attraction in the town. It underpins a local tourism industry worth £590 million a year.

One of aims for the Bournemouth Seafront Strategy is to establish ‘an environmentally and economically sustainable future for the seafront’.

The infrastructure on the seafront will need to be profitable, cater to seafront visitors. We also need to be prepared for climate change and rises in sea levels.

The Green Tourism Business Scheme

The Green Tourism Business Scheme is a national certification scheme. It grades businesses against a rigorous set of criteria. These cover a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.

Several tourism businesses within Bournemouth are part of this scheme. This includes hotels, a B&B, an attraction and the Seafront Office and Tourist Information Centre.                          

Gold award winners

  • Best Western Royale Hotel
  • The Green House Hotel

Silver award winners

  • Best Western Connaught Hotel

The Sustainable Restaurant Association

The Sustainable Restaurant Association is a not for profit membership organisation helping restaurants become more sustainable. more efficiently and work more closely with their community.

There are several restaurants who are part of this scheme in Bournemouth. These include The Green Room at the Green House Hotel, Urban Beach and Urban Reef.


Bournemouth successfully became a Fairtrade Town in 2014.

Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership

Bournemouth is part of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership . It was set up to invest in different industry sectors across the county.

The idea is to boost business, create new and more highly-skilled jobs. We must also ensure the county’s infrastructure is in a strong position to promote growth. It is driven by the private sector with local authority support.

 National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA)

Bournemouth has a National Coastal Tourism Academy is a two year project funded by the Coastal Communities Fund. Part of the NCTA is the Coastal Activity Park (CAP) to be based on Boscombe beach. This will develop an innovative recreation offer based around leisure diving and organised beach and water sports activities.