Progress in sustainable tourism depends on leadership and innovation. With this in mind, Green Destinations has launched a network for destination and businesses leaders as an exclusive platform for cooperation, mutual learning, sharing experience and improvement. The Founding Declaration has been signed by the fifty invited experts at the first Global Leaders Conference, 25-26 September 2018 in the Dutch city of Arnhem, hosted by the Province of Gelderland. The Global Leader Members and Partners are committed to be at the forefront of innovation in developing tourism, in managing tourism impacts, enhancing benefits, quality and sustainability of their tourism offer.
The initiative was inspired by the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017. It has been submitted and registered as a Voluntary Partnership for the Sustainable Development Goals. The network will also enable destinations to monitor progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).