AWARDS & CERTIFICATION PROGRAM
We invite destinations around the world to join the program to assess sustainability performance, and apply for global recognition in case sufficient levels of sustainability is achieved.
CERTIFICATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DESTINATIONS
Two types of recognition exist:
Pre-certification Awards and Full Certification
Our awards and certification programs offer something for all types of destinations: large or small, new to or experienced in sustainable destination management. Municipalities, cities, islands, regions, protected areas and private destinations can apply; while countries, states or provinces can opt for our Global Leaders Program to collectively introduce sustainable destination management and certification to a number of destinations within a territory.
GREEN DESTINATIONS AND QUALITYCOAST AWARD
Awards recognize excellence in the primary aspects connected to destination’s quality offer to travellers. The Awards are presented at our annual Global Green Destinations Days conference and our yearly ITB Berlin event. These events provide our destinations international exposure and publicity opportunities about their sustainability achievements.
Destinations can apply for the following Awards with four different Award levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum.
Certification through the Green Destinations Standard is the ultimate level of global recognition for destination quality and sustainable destination management.
Green Destinations Certified is our GSTC-Accredited program for destinations that aim for full adherence to the Green Destinations Standard guidelines. The audit is more rigorous involving broad stakeholder consultation to verify compliance, and all compliance should be fully supported by evidence.
GREEN DESTINATIONS CERTIFIED
CERTIFICATION FOR REGIONS
Regions that aim to apply for Green Destinations’ Award & Certification Program can choose from 3 different models depending on the characteristics and (political) composition of the region.
- Single Application for regions that have strong central governance and (most) policies apply to all destinations/municipalities/local governments within the region.
- Common Application for regions that have rather decentralised governance and are considered as ‘region’ in tourism/marketing sense more than in a political sense.
- Multiple Applications for regions with decentralised governance and/or well-defined individual destinations who wish to collaborate in applying for individual Awards/Certification.
CERTIFICATION FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES
Make sure to learn more about our
Good Travel Program
If you are businesses in the tourism supply chain are welcome, including hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, activity providers, tour guides, local DMOs, etc. The Good Travel Program offers a variety of tools to assess, support and certify to you. Businesses participating in the program are promoted on the Good Travel Guide sustainable travel platform to responsible travellers looking for a green and responsible holiday.