Introduction to Awards & Certification

We invite destinations around the world to join the programme to assess sustainability performance, and apply for global recognition in case sufficient levels of sustainability is achieved.
We offer the only certification programme that is connected to visibility in the travel market

Two types of recognition exist:
Full Certification and Pre-certification Awards

Awards

Awards recognize excellence in the primary aspects connected to destination’s quality offer to travellers. Awards recognise excellence in one or several of the following aspects:

Destination management

Nature, Animals & Scenery

Environment & Climate

Culture & Tradition

Social Well-being

Business & Hospitality

Certification

Certification through the Green Destinations Standard is the ultimate level of global recognition for destination quality and sustainable destination management.

Destinations that are in full compliance with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Recognised Green Destinations Standard, consisting of 100 policy and management criteria, will become Green Destinations Certified.

Destinations can apply for the following Awards

QualityCoast Awards

A similar procedure, but especially for seaside and waterfront destinations who prefer that title, e.g. QualityCoast Gold Destination. Specific attention is given to waterfronts, beach management and bathing water quality

QualityTourism Awards

For any type of destination

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Quality Tourism

These programmes use four different Award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.

 

The highest rated Award winners will be eligible for the annual Sustainable Destinations Top 100 Awards. Every year the international Top 100 Awards are presented, complemented with national and local Awards ceremonies. In 2016, Awards were presented at Global Green Destinations Day, with 350 participants from 36 countries.

By working together with specialised strategic advisers and companies providing tools and solutions enhancing sustainability and quality, the Green Destinations programme is designed to strengthen participating destinations, resulting in increasing Award levels every year.

Download the Programme Guide to see how it works, and what the benefits are