Chichester Festival Theatre was awarded Gold in the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable category at the Beautiful South Awards at a ceremony on 25 April
Run by Tourism South East, the Awards recognised achievements in the tourism sector under the continued challenges of 2021/22; and has led to CFT being shortlisted in the same category at the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2022.
CFT's Gold award is a testament to the wide range of activities undertaken by the Theatre over the past year including: the introduction of our partnership with Ecologi, enabling audiences to plant trees and offset their journey to the Theatre; offering accessible streamed productions for both national and international audiences; and LEAP's provision of community initiatives such as lockdown phone calls from CFT Buddies, the Young Carers Connect project and trainee and apprenticeships opportunities. The Award also acknowledged our ambitious Green strategy, including sustainable projects such as recycling COVID-19 tests and PPE, replacing the Minerva lighting with LEDs, introducing a cycle to work scheme for staff, and moving to recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging with our caterers Caper & Berry.
We are thrilled to be shortlisted as a finalist in the same category in Visit England’s awards, which champion the very best of the country’s tourism industry, celebrating quality, innovation and best practice.
VisitEngland Chief Executive Patricia Yates said:
“These awards celebrate the businesses and individuals in tourism across England who have delivered excellence during the last year and it is fantastic to see such an outstanding list of finalists.
“The impressive list reflects the sheer scale of innovation, quality and experiences across England’s tourism industry and I congratulate all the finalists and wish them the very best of luck.
“Millions of jobs and local economies depend on tourism and this year’s awards are also a timely opportunity to acknowledge the determination and dedication of tourism businesses as they rebuild, and continue to champion best practice and customer service excellence, providing visitors with a stand-out experience.”
With over 300 eligible regional winners in 15 categories competing for the highest accolade in English tourism, we're delighted to be recognised among a raft of outstanding organisations across the country.