Aerial photo of Parkside Hotel Building

VICTORIA, BC — The Parkside Hotel & Spa has won the 2023 Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award in the Urban Accommodation category.

Skål International is a global organization driving social responsibility and environmental conservation within tourism. The Sustainable Tourism Award in Urban Accommodation recognizes city hotels that have included sustainable initiatives in their operations. Winners are chosen through a rigorous vetting process based on globally recognized sustainable tourism standards and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Parkside Hotel & Spa has been an industry leader in practicing and encouraging sustainable tourism. In 2022, the hotel reached various sustainable milestones, becoming Biosphere Certified and joining Beyond Green as their first urban hotel in the world. Beyond Green is a curated portfolio of planet Earth’s most sustainable hotels, resorts and lodges, providing a range of guest experiences in unique locations around the world. Most recently, the hotel partnered with Veritree to aid in kelp re-forestation efforts along Vancouver Island’s coastline.

“Thank you to Skål Canada president Mark Schaay for accepting this award on our behalf,” says general manager Trina White. “We’re so grateful to Skål for being recognized on the global stage for our sustainability and responsible tourism practices. We look forward to continuing our environmental efforts while respectfully sharing and celebrating the vibrancy of Victoria and the beauty and wonder of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada with our guests.”


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