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Global community shaping a sustainable future for tourism

Global Leaders is a joint program of Green Destinations foundation and the Good Travel Guide. It results from an initiative taken in the Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 by Albert Salman, founder of Green Destinations. Co-founders: Brian T. Mullis, founder of Sustainable Travel International (STI); and Costas D. Christ, Editor of National Geographic.

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 first Global Leaders Conference was hosted by the Provincial Government of Gelderland and attended a.o. by the National Tourism Boards of the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia and Guyana and by Ecotourism Australia. Through this program Green Destinations is preparing and implementing work programs in a series of countries through bilateral cooperation and by involving Green Destinations experts and trainers from all around the world.

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).


Interested Regional and National Tourism Boards or authorities are invited to contact our team.