We work for the benefit of the Green Destinations Community: destinations, representatives, and stakeholders. Together we make their places better and more sustainable.
OUR CORE VALUES
Supporting the authentic celebration of local culture and tradition.
Responsible and Respectful
Avoiding exploitation of people in tourism, and preventing disruptive mass tourism (overtourism).
Involving the local business community and enhancing local community employment.
Environment & Climate-friendly
Combatting the climate crisis, environmental degradation and pollution, whilst ensuring public health.
Nature & Scenery friendly
Protecting scenic views, landscapes, natural habitats and wildlife..
WHY GREEN VALUES?
Adopting these GREEN values will help destinations to enhance their quality, attractiveness and competitiveness; it will help attract ‘green travellers’, respectful visitors who will spend more in the destination. The GREEN values are the basis of our programmes for policy improvement, Destination Awards and certification.
Green Destinations works together with tourism business and media partners in order to make the green offer of destinations better visible in the marketplace.
1st TOP 100 AWARDS EVENT AT ITB PALAIS
After the smaller Top 100 Events in ITB Hall 4.1, GD is invited by ITB to organise the most prestigious Top 100 Awards event in the ITB Palais, as the successor to National Geographic’s World Legacy Awards. The event is attended by 250 ITB-delegates.
2nd Global Green Destinations Days conference as part of Greenfest 2017 in Cascais (Portugal); Launch of 2017 Top 100.
1st GLOBAL GREEN DESTINATIONS DAYS (GGDD)
The first Global Green Destinations Days (GGDD) are organised in Ljubljana (Slovenia) by GoodPlace, Slovenia Tourism Board and Green Destinations. This is the first plenary meeting of the GD Community. With 350 participants GGDD is the world’s largest conference for sustainable destinations. The 2016 Top 100 is unveiled.
STICHTING GREEN DESTINATIONS
Stichting Green Destinations founded as a non-profit organisation in Leiden (NL). This foundation will take responsibility for the Green Destinations Awards & Certification Program (ACP).
EARTH TRAVEL/GREEN DESTINATIONS BV
Earth Travel is established by Albert Salman a.o. to start the work on the 2nd aim of Green Destinations: to create market visibility of GD destinations and to promote them towards green travellers; this in combination with establishing a global information & assessment system, building upon the GSTR. Earth Travel is renamed into ‘Green Destinations BV’ in February 2017.
CALL FOR 2016 SUSTAINABLE DESTINATIONS TOP 100
The members of the Community are encouraged to nominate their destination for the Top 100 Sustainable Destinations competition, which was first presented at ITB Berlin in 2015, and repeated annually. The aim of the competition is to highlight success stories in destination management, and to exchange good practices between destinations.