2018 Sustainable Destinations Top 100

Call for nominations

For the 4th time, the Sustainable Destinations Global Top 100 competition is organised by ten leading sustainable tourism organisations and networks. Our general aim is to highlight success stories, and to exchange good practices to make all destinations more sustainable, and better for local communities and travellers. A second aim is to help destinations to improve: destinations that register for the Top 100 will learn how to develop their tourism through local community involvement. It is in the destination’s interest to avoid ‘overtourism’ and local resistance. This is why we have chosen the following theme for this year’s competition:

“Tourism to benefit local communities”


2018 top 100 competiotion LOGO


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 Feb 2018        Final day for ‘early bird’ nominations
2 April 2018       Notification of the first 50 destinations
1 May 2018         Final day for late nominations
30 Jun 2018       Notification of the remaining 50 destinations
20 Sep 2018       The 2018 Top 100 will be unveiled in the run-up to
                                World Tourism Day and Green Destinations Day

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.

How to nominate a destination?

In case you are interested to nominate a destination,  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

Some pictures from 2017 competition

Join the Award & Certification programme now

More than before, the selection isbe based upon Green Destinations Ratings. Therefore, Certified Green Destinations, QualityTourism and QualityCoast Silver and Gold Destinations will automatically be included in the 2018 Top 100. Join the programme now!

An initiative by

sustainable travel
Global Ecotourism Network GEN logo