Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Recognised as a Top Performing Inn as Reviewed by Travellers on the
World’s Largest Travel Site

Kemptville, Nova Scotia – June 11Print_Logo_COE2015_UK, 2015 – Trout Point Lodge today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great l reviews on TripAdvisor. Certificate of Excellence winners include accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world that have continually delivered a superior customer experience.

When selecting Certificate of Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to determine the honourees that takes into account the quality, quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travellers on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site. To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

“TripAdvisor is pleased to honour exceptional hospitality businesses that have received consistent praise and recognition by travellers on the site,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not only helps drive increasing hospitality standards around the world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to shine and stand out from the competition.”

Travel & Leisure magazine has just published its list of the world’s top 12 stargazing locales, including Trout Point Lodge in the Acadian Skies & Mi’kmaq Lands Starlight Tourist Destination, as number 6. Author of the  article and online slide show entitled “Ready to Feel Small? 12 Otherworldly Locales Perfect for Stargazing,” Lindsey Olander, works as an editor at the magazine, including coordinating entries for its annual Global Vision awards. Now owned by Time, Inc., Travel & Leisure has 6.6 million readers.

The article identifies Trout Point as the world’s first certified Starlight Hotel, an honour it received from the UNESCO-backed Starlight Foundation in 2014. The Lodge was among just 2 accommodations mentioned in the article as superb astro-tourism destinations, the other being Ayers Rock Resort in Australia.

Trout Point Lodge has offered guided astronomy outings for the past few years, and in 2014 built a special stargazing platform also noted by Travel & Leisure. The Lodge’s owners Charles Leary and Vaughan Perret spearheaded the effort to have the surrounding area contiguous with the Yarmouth & Acadian Shores Tourism Region, declared a certified Starlight Tourist Destination. Leary & Perret are officers of La Societe Touristique Bon Temps d’Argyle, which officially sponsored the certification effort. Acadia First Nation helped sponsor the project. Olander noted: “The area was once the home of the indigenous Mi’kmaq nation, whose stories about constellations explained the changing of the seasons and other universal phenomena.”

Trout Point lies immediately adjacent to the vast Tobeatic Wilderness Area, which is now a Starlight Reserve. There are no sources of light pollution anywhere within the 104,000 hectare reserve, making for splendid dark skies at night.

Other places on the top 12 list include the Atacama Desert in Chile, Galloway Forest Park in Scotland, and Jasper National Park, also in Canada.

Luxury_Global_AwardsTrout Point Lodge is pleased to announce it has been shortlisted by the Luxury Travel Guide for its 2015 Luxury Hotel Awards. The Lodge received notice of the nomination earlier this week.

Over the last 12 months Luxury Travel Guide invited and encouraged its affluent subscriber base to cast their vote on hotels who they believe have excelled. Additionally the Luxury Travel Guide’s extensive research team have put forward a selection of hotels who have excelled within their region.

The Luxury Travel Guide Awards is an international awards programme in recognition of all accommodation options from large hotel & resorts to small luxury hotels. An announcement of winners will be released in March.

The chef/proprietors of Trout Point Lodge in remote Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, attended the Acabailles V.I.P. Weekend November 15-16, 2014, as guests of the winery association of one of Bordeaux’s most prestigious regions. The annual event marks the end of harvesting and vinifying each year’s wines. Invitees routinely include chefs & restaurateurs with two or three Michelin stars, as well as a select number of others in the top echelon of the culinary world. Charles Leary and Vaughan Perret stayed as a select few among guests of Chateau Haut-Brion, an acclaimed wine estate whose illustrious history goes back many centuries. This is the fourth year Leary & Perret have travelled to France for the event, but the first time staying at Haut-Brion.

IMGP7630

Charles Leary & Vaughan Perret with Mrs. & Mr. Lochlann Quinn, the 2014 Acabailles Soirée

Invitees tasted the complete 2010 and 2012 red and white vintages from the Pessac-Léogan region’s Cru Classés, visited the facilities of Chateau LaTour-Martillac, and had a specially-prepared lunch at Chateau Haut-Bailley. Highlights for the Canadian innkeppers included a private dinner at Chateau Haut-Brion, owned by Clarence Dillon Wine Estates and run by the Prince of Luxembourg, where they tasted highly-vaunted vintages of both red and white wines, including the 1989 Haut Brion, which scored a perfect 100/100 from Wine Spectator magazine. They also sampled 2011 vintage white wines including from neighbour La Mission Haut-Brion, which Leary described as spectacular. The following evening they attended the Acabailles soirée at the table of Mr. & Mrs. Lochlann Quinn, owners of Chateau Fieuzal. Mr. Quinn is Chairman of the National Gallery of Ireland and former Chairman of Allied Irish Banks PLC.

IMGP7487

Chateau Couhins-Lurton

The soirée was hosted at Chateau Couhins-Lurtton, and the multi-course dinner prepared by Michelin two star chef and French television personality Philippe Etchebest.

“It’s a great honour to be invited, but also a highly educational experience,” said Perret. “We get the chance to compare notes with some extremely talented and motivated restaurateurs, and to taste fantstic wines.” Trout Point Lodge has several Péssac-Leognan wines on its list, whcih has won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence each year since 2009. Leary and Perret also met with the director of the local hotel & restaurant school in Talence, a Bordeaux suburb, hoping to attract talented students for internships in Nova Scotia. IMGP7520

Logo Starlightvectorizado colores.cdrThe Starlight Foundation, headquartered at the Canaries Astrophysics Institute in Spain, awarded  Starlight Reserve and Tourist Destination status to the Acadian Skies & Mi’kmaq Lands. Nova Scotia is the first destination in North America to receive a Starlight certification and is one of only four places in the world to receive both Reserve and Destination designations.  The region has the Tobeatic Wilderness Area at its core and covers the lands of Argyle, Clare, and Yarmouth municipalities.

Starlight Tourist Destinations must not only demonstrate the quality of their skies and the means to guarantee their protection, but they must also have adequate infrastructure and tourism-related activities: accommodation, equipment for astronomical observation provided to clients, and the training of personnel responsible for astronomical interpretation and their integration into nature at night.

Michel Samson, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism, believes Nova Scotia is ready to attract more visitors with this new designation and looks forward to working with businesses and community partners to develop new tourism experiences that grow our economy, motivate travel and share this part of our Province’s natural beauty.

Operators like the Trout Point Lodge, adjacent to the vast Tobeatic Wilderness Area, are already taking advantage of their natural setting by developing astro-tourism offerings. In fact, it was designated as the world’s first certified Starlight Hotel in September.

The Starlight Initiative is supported by UNESCO, the “International Astronomical Union and the World Tourism Organization.

–courtesy Nova Scotia Tourism Agency

Trout Point Lodge of Nova Scotia will be the world’s first certified Starlight Hotel, a distinction given by the Starlight Foundation headquartered at the Canaries Astrophysics Institute in Spain. The Starlight Initiative is backed by UNESCO, the International Astronomical Union, and other international organizations.

“We believe it is fair to give special consideration,” wrote Foundation Managing Director Luis Martinez, to “establishments whose owners have been pioneers in promoting a Starlight Destination in their area.”

The new stargazing platform provides unobstructed views of the sky

The new stargazing platform provides unobstructed views of the sky

Located in a particularly dark night-time zone of southwest Nova Scotia, Canada, Trout Point has developed astro-tourism offerings, including having a permanent astronomer on staff, over the past four years. This year the Lodge added a 16’x16′ star gazing platform and new telescopes, including a solar telescope for daytime use. The Lodge lies adjacent to the vast Tobeatic Wilderness Area at the confluence of the Tusket and Napier Rivers.

To be certified as a Starlight Hotel, Trout Point had to submit an extensive application and data on sky quality.

Lodge proprietors Vaughan Perret and Charles Leary have spearheaded the effort by a local non-profit society to have the region surrounding Trout Point declared a Starlight Reserve and Tourism Destination. This included visiting the Canary Islands to view best practices and meet with Foundation officials. Last year, the Lodge’s astronomer took the numerous scientific measurements of sky quality necessary to achieve regional certification. The application was done by La Société Touristique Bon Temps d’Argyle, of which Perret is the Chairman.

The Lodge has hosted numerous guests anxious to get a glimpse of unpolluted night time skies filled with stars, an increasingly rare possibility in most urban areas.

Martinez said: “The Foundation aims to bring Rural Hotels and Houses into the movement for ‘Astronomical Tourism’ as an efficient way of spreading the joys of contemplating the starry skies among the customers and to encourage them to learn more about the marvels and mysteries of the Universe. This is why we attach so much importance to building a network of establishments which are qualified and accredited as ‘Starlight Rural Hotels and Houses’, beginning with the most representative.”

Perret and Leary have worked tirelessly to gain support for the project from the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, the Southwest Nova Tourism Task Team, the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, Acadia First Nation, and the Municipalities of Argyle, Clare, and Yarmouth.

This region of Nova Scotia has a pronounced lack of light pollution, lending it some of the darkest and clearest skies for astronomical observation in North America.

About Trout Point Lodge & The Starlight Foundation
Founded in 2000, Trout Point Lodge lies immediately adjacent to the Tobeatic Wilderness Area. Rated 5 stars by Canada Select, the Lodge is also a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The web site is http://www.troutpoint.com.

The Starlight Foundation is the body in charge of the operational management of the Starlight Initiative, providing human resources and means for its development and promotion. The Starlight Initiative was launched in 2007 from a proposal of the IAC supported by UNESCO – MaB Programme, UNWTO, IAU, and other international conventions such as UNEP-CMS, SCBD, and Ramsar Convention, and is designed as an international action in defense of the values associated with the night sky and the general right to observe the stars.

The final aim of this Initiative is to promote the importance of clear skies for the humankind, emphasizing and introducing the value of this endangered heritage for science, education, culture, technological development, nature conservation, and tourism. The web site is http://www.fundacionstarlight.com.

Trout Point Lodge is proud to announce that it is the first accommodation in Nova Scotia to receive a GreenLeader Platinum award from TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel information web site.

Earlier this year, TripAdvisor announced that it was extending its GreenLeaders™ program into Canada and Europe for the first time, following rapid growth in the U.S. Developed in consultation with the United Nations Environment Programme, the U.S. Green Building Council, ENERGY STAR®, and the International Center for Responsible Tourism Canada, the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program aims to help travelers around the world plan greener trips by highlighting hotels and B&Bs engaging in environmentally friendly practices.

The Platinum level is the highest possible in the GreenLeaders system.

To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/63179-tripadvisor-greenleaders-launches-in-canada-europe-eco-friendly-hotels

“With so many travelers placing an importance on the eco-friendly practices of the places they visit, hotel and B&B owners stand to gain a real competitive edge by promoting their environmentally friendly practices,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “Our TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program will enable businesses managing their environmental footprint to highlight their commitment to millions of travelers around the world, at no expense to their business.”

“Travelers want to be ‘green’ and contribute to the conservation and preservation of the environment,” said Denise Naguib, vice president, sustainability and supplier diversity for Marriott International. “Nearly half of our global hotel portfolio currently has GreenLeaders status through the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program and more will have this status when the program expands to consumers in Canada and Europe later this year. This tool will help them easily plan and book their next eco-friendly trip.”

To qualify as a GreenLeader, businesses must also achieve a minimum score on an extensive application survey. GreenLeader properties are eligible for one of the four badge levels: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Badge levels are determined by a property’s overall level of participation in environmentally friendly activities.

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders first launched in the U.S. in April 2013, and has since awarded over 3,700 U.S. hotels and B&Bs the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders status. Hotels currently participating in the U.S. program range from small, independent establishments to multinational brands including Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Select Registry and Coast Hotels, and these brands are now represented since the program has launched to consumers in Canada and Europe.

Since the program first launched, TripAdvisor has been collecting travelers’ eco-friendly comments, and the company is now making these available on the U.S. site to help travelers choose the perfect green hotel or B&B for their trip. The comments will be available on the “tips” section on the property pages of hotels and B&Bs that have TripAdvisor GreenLeaders status.

Trout Point Lodge has also won 5 Green Keys, and was the recipient of the inaugural Parks Canada Sustainable Tourism Award in 2007. The Lodge is rated 5 stars by Canada Select. 

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.