Aphrodite Hills Golf Resort in Cyprus has gained its first major environmental honour in the annual IAGTO Sustainability Awards.
Following on from being named ‘European Golf Resort of the Year 2018’, Aphrodite Hills Resort has now been awarded a Special Award from IAGTO. As part of the prestigious IAGTO Awards that celebrate the best in the global golf tourism industry and are staged by global golf tourism industry organisation IAGTO (International Association of Golf Tour Operators), the Sustainability Awards are held in conjunction with golf sustainability body, GEO Foundation, and recognize environmental and social excellence in golf.
The award ceremony was made at the gala dinner to celebrate the IAGTO Awards in Marrakech, Morocco at the end of the International Golf Travel Market in front of 1,200 golf tourism industry delegates.
In his citation, GEO Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Smith said:
“The overall award for outstanding commitment to sustainable golf goes to Aphrodite Hills in Cyprus. The facility 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. 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 in the Randidi Gorge and the Randi Forest to encourage resort guests to explore. 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.”