Cyprus steals show at IAGTO sustainability awards

Minthis Cyprus

Cyprus continues to establish itself as a world-class destination for golfers as it picked up two accolades at IAGTO’s 2020 sustainability awards.

The IAGTO Sustainability Awards recognise excellence in environmental and social responsibility in a strategic partnership between global golf tourism trade association IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators) and non-profit golf sustainability body, GEO Foundation.

Aphrodite Hills Golf Resort claimed the overall award for Outstanding Commitment to Sustainable Golf while Minthis Resort took home the Resource Efficiency award.

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Aphrodite Hills achieved GEO Certified status for the first time in July 2019 and has demonstrated high standards and processes in the areas of nature, resources and community.

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Highlights from the course range from turfgrass selection to reduce water and other inputs, upgrading to hybrid green mowers and plans for the creation of nature trails and hiking paths.

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The club also collects hundreds of bottle caps on a daily basis for a local charity that turns them into wheelchairs for people with disabilities.

The Minthis Resort, which claimed the Resource Efficiency award, has taken several important actions to reduce the amount of water used on the course which included a complete renewal of its irrigation system, collecting rainwater and connecting Minthis to the greywater supply of Paphos town which is now available to irrigate the entire golf course.

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Elsewhere at the 2020 awards, golf facilities in Spain and Dubai were also honoured. Dubai’s Jumeirah Golf Estates and Spain’s PGA Catalunya Resort win the Community Value and Nature Protection categories respectively.

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“Once again some of the great names in golf and tourism have stepped forward to demonstrate their environmental and social responsibility,” said Jonathan Smith, GEO Foundation founder and executive director.

“We are grateful to all those who entered the IAGTO Sustainability Awards, and congratulate those which were, this year, selected as winners. All of them deserve a great deal of credit for their valuable and impressive leadership.”

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