By publishing an annual list and by sharing destination management good practices and success stories, the initiators wish to acknowledge initiatives making tourism destinations more sustainable, responsible and better from a visitor experience point of view. Selection of a destination in the Top 100 does not mean it is fully sustainable. It means that it has made good efforts, and is making progress.
15 Apr 2018 Final day for ‘early bird’ nominations
01 Jul 2018 Notification of the first selected destinations
27 Sep 2018 Presentation of selected Award winners at Global Green Destinations Day
15 Oct 2018 Final day for late nominations
15 Dec 2018 Publication of the 2018 Sustainable Destinations Top 100
06 Mar 2019 Best of Top 100 Awards at ITB Berlin 2019
The Best of Top 100 Awards Event at ITB Berlin 2018 is announced here.
The 2017 Top 100 Winners can be seen in: http://top100.greendestinations.org .
Who can participate?
Cities, towns, islands, and protected areas are eligible if a person, a team or an organisation is in charge of tourism destination management and sustainability. In exceptional cases, countries and regions may be eligible when their size is less than 50,000 sq km.
As a 1st-year applicant, registration is entirely free and open to all destinations. You will need to address at least 15 criteria from the Green Destinations Standard in our online assessment platform (offline forms are available only for destinations without broadband internet connection).
From the 2nd year onwards, it is highly recommended to actively participate in a destination support programme or training, and in events aimed at good practice exchange (e.g. Global Green Destinations Day). But at least you will need to show that you are making clear progress from year to year.
Warning for European applicants
In order to ensure a truly Global Top 100, a maximum amount of selected destinations will be set for each continent. The Jury aims to decrease the % of European Top 100 destinations from 51% (in 2017) towards 40-45%. Hence, the Jury may be very restrictive in selecting “free” nominations from Europe because there are already many 1st priority destinations in Europe (successfully making the full Green Destinations assessment). The Jury expect destinations to do a full assessment if they have the capacity to do so (notably in EU, but also in Canada and US), whilst allowing destinations to focus on just 15-30 criteria as long as they don’t have the capacity to do more.
How to nominate a destination?
The nomination process involves 2 main steps: Registration and Nomination.
- Registration: send this registration form to top100 [at] greendestinations.org. After a basic eligibility check, you will receive details to proceed with the nomination on our online platform
- Complete the online Indicator Report
- Complete the online Top 100 nomination form (selected criteria from the Green Destinations Standard)
- First year contenders will need to address 15 criteria
- If it’s your 2nd Top 100 application, you will need to address 30 criteria.
In case you are interested to nominate a destination but not sure about eligibility, e-mail to: top100 (at) greendestinations.org.
Nominations can be made in English, Spanish and Dutch. Additional language options are being considered.
Benefits of participation
In this fourth edition of the competition, all nominators will receive technical support and strategic guidance on the online Green Destinations platform: for some of the criteria that are used in the competition you will receive suggestions how quick progress can be made towards sustainability.
If you are selected, you can use the Top 100 logo in all your marketing (referring to the 2018 Top 100 webpages), and take advantage of a focused exchange of experience with other destination front-runners.
The Sustainable Top 100 founders
Albert Salman, Leiden (the Netherlands). President, Green Destinations
Valere Tjolle, Bath (UK), Romagna (Italy). TravelMole’s VISION on Sustainable Tourism