Dedicated to Storytelling and Showcasing Sustainable Tourism Successes by Top 100 Sustainable Destinations and global destination leaders, the world’s largest sustainable destinations event of the year took place 28-30 Sept 2017 in Cascais, Portugal.
While international tourism continues to grow with 4-5% per year, destinations are increasingly facing disruptive trends. Venice and Barcelona are schoolbook examples of unsustainable and disruptive tourism, but this year many more destinations around the world have seen rapidly emerging resistance of local communities against unregulated tourism. This trend is alarming, also for cities in Portugal. After 50 years of mass tourism development, 2017 has been declared “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development” by the United Nations.
One of the main international conferences of the Year took place in the Estoril Conference Centre in Portugal: on 29 September “Green Destinations”, City of Cascais and Greenfest organised an international conference where the leading destinations in the field of sustainable tourism presented and shared their success stories and good practices. Learning and applying these lessons is key for the tourism sector, and for tourism destinations in particular. So this conference is a must for every destination that is committed to a sustainable future.
The international organisation “Green Destinations” is offering an alternative to disruptive tourism. Destinations, universities and travel stakeholders can all help create new perspectives to the future.
The event took place in the frame of “GREENFEST” – a large yearly Portuguese public event on sustainability, attracting 4000-6000 visitors daily. One of the topics of the 2017 edition is “Green Travel”. GREENFEST was held in the Estoril Conference Centre (ECC) in Cascais, 25 km from Lisbon or Lisbon Airport. www.greenfest.pt.