OUR STORY

Green Destinations is a non-profit foundation for sustainable destination development and recognition.

We work for the benefit of the Green Destinations Community: destinations, representatives, and stakeholders.

Together we make their places better and more sustainable.

Note: Green Destinations Foundation is the responsible entity for the Green Destinations Awards & Certification, trainings and events. The Good Travel Guide is a program of the company Green Destinations BV.

OUR CORE VALUES

G

Genuine

Supporting the authentic celebration of local culture and tradition.

R

Responsible and Respectful

Avoiding exploitation of people in tourism, and preventing disruptive mass tourism (overtourism).

E

Economically sustainable

Involving the local business community and enhancing local community employment.

E

Environment & Climate-friendly

Combatting the climate crisis, environmental degradation and pollution, whilst ensuring public health.

N

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.

COOPERATION

Green Destinations works together with tourism business and media partners in order to make the green offer of destinations better visible in the marketplace.

Green Destinations believes that peace, universal human rights and social and environmental justice are fundamental pillars of sustainable tourism

Violation of these values are prohibitive for tourism sustainability.
Green Destinations wishes to guarantee that all destinations and businesses that are in Green Destinations related certification and support programs respect these fundamental values.
Therefore, Green Destinations will deny, suspend or terminate any cooperation with tourism entities that are supporting,
owned by or directly linked to governments who are responsible for foreign military occupation and the violation of human rights and environmental destruction.

OUR STORY

Timeline

2018
March 31

GSTC-ACCREDITATION OF GD CERTIFICATION

LOGO - GSTC Accredited

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) announces GSTC-Accredited status of the GD Certification program. The awarded status affirms our commitment to sustainable tourism and against ‘greenwashing’.

March 7

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.

2017
September 28

2nd GGDD

2nd Global Green Destinations Days conference as part of Greenfest 2017 in Cascais (Portugal); Launch of 2017 Top 100.

2016
September 27

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.

August 31

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).

July 31

GD AMBASSADORS COMMUNITY

GD AMBASSADORS COMMUNITY

A Green Destinations Ambassadors program is established as a contribution to the Year of Sustainable Tourism 2017. GD Ambassadors share knowledge and experiences with colleagues from around the world.

March 31

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.

March 22

GSTC-RECOGNITION OF GD STANDARD

GD Awards Logo - METHODOLOGY

The GD Standard is officially recognised by the GSTC

January 31

SLOVENIA GREEN

Slovenia Green Logo - METHODOLOGY

Start of the Slovenia Green program as a cooperation of Slovenia Tourism Board, GoodPlace and Green Destinations.

2015
November 30

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.

GET IN TOUCH!

Any questions about how to join our programs? Our team will be happy to assist you.

contact@greendestinations.org