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Trout Point Lodge proprietors Vaughan Perret and Charles Leary announce the end of their tenure as President/Chairman and Treasurer, respectively, of la Société Touristique Bon Temps d’Argyle with a significant grant of funds to the Municipality of Argyle to continue the Starlight astro-tourism project in the local region. The Municipality has agreed to continue to administer the Acadian Skies & Mi’kmaq Lands region as a certified Starlight Tourism Destination with a certified Starlight Reserve at its core. The certifications come from the Starlight Foundation, a UNESCO-backed initiative headquartered at the Canaries Astrophysics Institute in Spain.

Argyle just received a cheque for over $24,000 from Bon Temps to continue marketing the area as a Starlight Destination, and to pay certification fees as a result of Perret and Leary’s proposal to the Board. Under their leadership, Bon Temps launched the succesful $200,000.00 project in 2013, including receiving funding from the province, local municipalities, and ACOA.

The Tourism Destination includes Acadia First Nation, Municipality of the District of Yarmouth, Municipality of the District of Argyle, and Clare Municipality. The Starlight Reserve encompasses the Tobeatic Wilderness Area and Indian Fields Provincial Park.

Perret and Leary spearheaded Bon Temps effort to have the certifications done, including supporting the collection of scientific astrophysics data and sponsoring the visits of two Spanish experts to the region.

Perret and Leary remain on the Board of Directors of Bon Temps. Trout Point Lodge was declared the world’s first Starlight Hotel by the Starlight Foundation in 2014.

For additional information on the Starlight certifications, visit https://propuesta10112014.wordpress.com/certificaciones-starlight/

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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.

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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. 

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