Best of Nature
Best Top 100 Destination showing global leadership in actively protecting its scenic views, natural habitats and wildlife, and showing respect for animals, a basis for its sustainable tourism development.
- Chobe, Makgadikgadi, Okavango and Selinda (Botswana)
- Bison Land (Romania)
Best of Cities, Communities & Culture
Best Top 100 Destination showing global leadership in protecting its local culture and tradition, social fabric and sense of place, in involving its local community in tourism, and in avoiding human exploitation, human rights violation, and disruptive mass tourism (over-tourism).
- QualityCoast Western Portugal
- Zuid-Limburg (Netherlands)
- Tung Dap village (Thailand)
Best of Seaside
Best Top 100 Destination showing global leadership in offering water related leisure opportunities in agreement with the principles of sustainable tourism.
The world is dying – What are we doing? Best Top 100 Destination showing global leadership in combatting climate change and environmental degradation.
Best of the Planet
Destinations showing international leadership and innovation in responsible and sustainable tourism in different parts of the world.
Best of Africa
Best of the Americas
- Vail, Colorado (USA)
- Jackson Hole & Yellowstone (USA) | Santa Cruz, Galapagos (Ecuador)
- Lake Tota (Colombia)
Best of Asia-Pacific
Best of Europe
- Slovenia’s Green Destinations
Best of the Atlantic
Best of the Mediterranean
The above Award Finalists are selected because they are included in the 2017 Top 100 Sustainable Destinations. Inclusion in the Top 100 list is a requirement for becoming an Award finalist.
Gallery: The representatives of the 2018 Top 100 Award Finalists when they received their Top 100 certificates at Global Green Destinations Day 2017 in Cascais, Portugal
Albert Salman, Green Destinations
Delphine Malleret-King, The Long Run
Herbert Hamele, ECOTRANS
Hugo de Jong, EUCC-QualityCoast
Jonathan Tourtellot, Destination Stewardship Center
Marloes van de Goor, IIAE
Masaru Takayama, Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN)
Naut Kusters, ECEAT
Paul Peeters, NHTV, Breda University of Applied Sciences
Peter Prokosch, Linking Tourism & Conservation
Robert Chappell, Sustainable Travel International (STI)