In celebration of Earth Day, the Virginia Green Travel Alliance is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Virginia Green Travel Star & Leader Awards. These awards are presented annually to Virginia’s greenest tourism operators and partners for their outstanding commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism in Virginia. The awards will be “presented virtually” in conjunction with the Virginia Green Travel Conference & Awards that will be held on April 28 & 29, 2021.
The Hilton Richmond Downtown was among the fifteen (15) Virginia tourism operations that were chosen to receive the Virginia Green program’s highest award, the Virginia Green Travel Star Award. The hotel was recognized as the Green Hotel of the Year for the property’s commitment to composing, energy savings and sourcing local products and produce for their culinary offerings. Additionally, the hotel joined the No More Straws campaign in 2019.
The Virginia Green program is supported through a partnership between the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Tourism Corporation, the Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association, and the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. The program encourages green practices in all sectors of Virginia’s tourism industry. More than 1,200 businesses and partner organizations have voluntarily certified their green business practices through the Virginia Green program.