The Sustainable Destinations Top 100 was unveiled for the second time on World Tourism Day and Green Destinations Day. The awards celebrate the efforts of tourism destinations' responsible and sustainable tourism initiatives.
The list is the result of open calls in newswires, social and business media. Destinations could be nominated by any interested party through a form that was available online. Based on 15 core criteria of the Green Destinations Standard (table), nominators had to provide extensive information on the destination and on its efforts towards sustainability for the benefit of visitors, residents and the world.
Over 150 nominations were received. All nominations were evaluated by experts of the Green Destinations Top 100 Team and by members of the special Top 100 Selection Panel, that included over 60 tourism sustainability experts. The Top 100 initiative aims to recognise tourism destinations that have worked hard to make a difference and take sustainability seriously. Nevertheless, no destination is sustainable for the full 100%.
Also in the selected destinations important issues remain to be solved. Due to a lack of data, carbon emission of travellers to arrive at the destination is not currently taken into account in this competition. However, Green Destinations recommend travellers to avoid long-haul travels, and to compensate their carbon emissions.
The Award winners were presented to the 350 participants of the Global Green Destinations Gala in the Castle of Ljubljana (Slovenia), European Green Capital 2016.
The Top 100 selection is available here.