Don’t miss the world’s largest sustainable destinations event of the year! Dedicated to Storytelling and Showcasing Sustainable Tourism Successes, by Top 100 Sustainable Destinations and global destination leaders.

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 will take place in the Estoril Conference Centre in Portugal: on 29 September “Green Destinations”, City of Cascais and Greenfest organise an international conference where the leading destinations in the field of sustainable tourism will present and share their success stories and good practices. Learning and applying these lessons is key for the Portuguese tourism sector, and for Portuguese 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. Interested to learn what you can do? Register now!

This is the world’s largest event dedicated to sustainable destinations, storytelling and showcasing successes, by Top 100 Sustainable Destinations and other global leaders. Participation is free for representatives of tourism destinations and for NGOs. Participants from the business sector are requested to pay a fee.

GREENFEST is a large public event on sustainability, attracting 4000-6000 visitors daily. One of the topics of the 2017 edition is “Green Travel”. GREENFEST is held in the Estoril Conference Centre (ECC) in Cascais, 25 km from Lisbon or Lisbon Airport.

28 September

Morning: GREENFEST Opening Conference, Estoril Conference Centre, Cascais.

Afternoon: Sustainable tourism field trips offered by the city of Cascais. Options:

  • Field trip to Quinta do Pisão: recovery of abandoned agricultural lands and the creation of a Nature Park of high value for recreation and tourism.
  • Field trip to the Cresmina Dune Interpretation Center and a 4 km walk: recovery of a sand dune area of high value for nature, recreation and tourism.
  • Adventure option: high rope trail and abseiling activities.

Evening: 2017 Sustainable Destinations Dinner, offered by the city of Cascais.

Presentation of the 2017 Sustainable Destinations Top 100.

29 September

Global Green Destinations Conference, Estoril Conference Centre, Cascais.

Morning: Success stories presented by global destination leaders.

Afternoon: Success stories and good practices presented by award-winning Top 100 Sustainable Destinations, in three parallel sessions. Presentations are delivered either in English or in Portuguese.


30 September

  • Full-day study trip on sustainable tourism in the Oeste Region, offered by the city of Torres Vedras.
  • Presentations of responsible tourism destinations around the world, by selected Top 100 Destinations, for the GREENFEST general audience. Estoril Conference Centre, Cascais (tbc).


Sustainable Destinations Dinner, Field & Study trips, 28 and 30 Sept.

Invitations will be issued to representatives of Top 100 and GD Award winning destinations, GD Media Partners, and official GD representatives.

Additional participation may be possible, contact the organisers.


More information

For any questions, expressions of interest to offer a presentation, and initial registration,
contact the Green Destinations Events Team

Conference Registration

Early registration is advised.

Free conference participation will be offered to representatives of:

  • 2017 Top 100 winners (;
  • Registered Green Destinations Ambassadors;
  • All non-commercial stakeholders from destinations;
  • Media and NGOs working for sustainable tourism.

Registration fee for business representatives (not from GD destinations): €100.