GREEN DESTINATIONS TOP 100

Destinations Sustainability Stories Competition

 Applications for the 2021 Top 100 competition now OPEN

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Top 100 competition?

What is the Top 100 competition?

The Top 100 competition selects the 100 best Good Practice Stories from a pool of stories submitted by destinations all around the globe and puts them in the spotlight in their annual Top 100 list, as well as many events throughout the year. These inspiring, effective and innovative stories from resilient destinations making efforts towards a more sustainable tourism industry can be featured at the Global Green Destinations Days, the ITB Green Destinations Stories Awards, and more thematic events organised by Green Destinations or partner organisations.

What is a Good Practice Story?

A story is structured by actors, presents a problem, a climax point and a solution. Then, a good practice story is a well-detailed explanation of a sustainability project that the destination is executing.

This means that you will write a story about the problem detected, the solution (including all the different actions taken to solve the problem) and the benefits created for the local community and/or the environment, and tourists. Quantitative and qualitative data are other key elements to validate the problem and the solution.

How long has the competition been running?

The competition has been running since 2014, with the exception of 2015 (due to exceptional circumstances, the competition did not run that year). Find out about all our previous editions here.

How to apply?

How to apply?

  • Register your interest in the competition by completing this registration form.
  • The team will get back to you shortly to confirm your registration and inform you of the next steps of the competition.
  • Find out more on the different steps of the competition here.

Submissions

  • STEP 1 submission: participants are required to upload evidence of their compliance with the Green Destinations Standard on the Green Destinations online platform. A log in to the platform is provided upon registration.
  • STEP 2 submission: Good Practice Stories are to be written following the format that will be sent upon admission to STEP 2. Once complete, please send your story to top100@greendestinations.org in a PDF format. 

How can a participant submit information for STEP 1 if they don’t have access to a sufficient Internet connection?

An offline submission is sometimes possible, through an excel sheet. Please contact top100@greendestinations.org if you are facing any issues with the Green Destinations online platform.

How is it assesed?

How is the compliance to the Green Destinations Standard evaluated [STEP 1]? 

The evidence provided by destinations is evaluated and compliance with the Green Destinations Standard is assessed based on a five point scale. The evaluations of STEP 1 are organised by Green Destinations and supported by our partner organisations. Find out about the Top 100 partners here.

Destinations that reach at least 60% compliance for the criteria they are evaluated on (15 for 1sts year participants and 30 for 2nd year participants) are invited to take part in STEP 2.

What happens if a destination doesn’t reach at least 60% in STEP 1?

A destination that does not reach a result of at least 60% for the eligibility check will not be able to participate in STEP 2. In such a case, the participant will receive feedback and guidelines to make progress towards being more sustainable which will greatly improve their chances for 2022 Top 100! Green Destinations offers a range of programs to help and support destinations who want to work towards a more sustainable tourism industry.

How are the Good Practice Stories evaluated [STEP 2]?

Good Practice Stories’ are evaluated based on 5 criteria: (1) completeness of document, (2) level of innovation, (3) level of effectiveness, (4) level of transferability, (5) presence of the three sustainability pillars.

How are destinations selected?

How are destinations selected to the Top 100 list? 

Destinations are selected based on the results of their Good Practice Stories [STEP 2]. The STEP 1 results are only taken into account when evaluating the destination’s eligibility to take part in STEP 2. This ensures that the stories submitted come from destinations making efforts and progress towards a more sustainable tourism industry.

When will the destinations know if they have been selected?

Destinations will be notified of their selection two weeks prior to the Global Green Destinations Days 2021 (date of the event to be confirmed) where the list will be officially unveiled. Prior to the event, destinations will receive access to a media kit including the Top 100 logo and some social media posts templates amongst other things to adequately prepare their promotion material for the official unveiling.

Is there a fee?

Is a fee required to participate in the competition?

Yes, a fee is required to cover the cost of evaluation and training provided. Participants will receive alongside their sustainability and Good Practice Stories assessments, access to the Top 100 Training course created by the Green Destinations Training Team. Destinations will have access to the training course once their application has been accepted.

What are the Green Destinations Stories Awards @ ITB?

What are the Green Destinations Stories Awards @ ITB?

Stories selected to the annual Top 100 list submitted by members of the Awards and Certification Program and 2nd year participants are eligible for nomination to the annual Green Destinations Stories Awards, hosted by ITB Berlin. Find out more about the event and the different categories of awards here.

What is the Top 100 Competition?

What is the Top 100 competition?

The Top 100 competition selects the 100 best Good Practice Stories from a pool of stories submitted by destinations all around the globe and puts them in the spotlight in their annual Top 100 list, as well as many events throughout the year. These inspiring, effective and innovative stories from resilient destinations making efforts towards a more sustainable tourism industry can be featured at the Global Green Destinations Days, the ITB Green Destinations Stories Awards, and more thematic events organised by Green Destinations or partner organisations. 

What is a Good Practice Story?

A story is structured by actors, presents a problem, a climax point and a solution. Then, a good practice story is a well-detailed explanation of a sustainability project that the destination is executing. 

This means that you will write a story about the problem detected, the solution (including all the different actions taken to solve the problem) and the benefits created for the local community and/or the environment, and tourists. Quantitative and qualitative data are other key elements to validate the problem and the solution.

How long has the competition been running?

The competition has been running since 2014, with the exception of 2015 (due to exceptional circumstances, the competition did not run that year). Find out about all our previous editions here.

How do I apply?

How to apply?

  • Register your interest in the competition by completing this registration form.
  • The team will get back to you shortly to confirm your registration and inform you of the next steps of the competition. 
  • Find out more on the different steps of the competition here

Submissions

  • STEP 1 submission: participants are required to upload evidence of their compliance with the Green Destinations Standard on the Green Destinations online platform. A log in to the platform is provided upon registration.
  • STEP 2 submission: Good Practice Stories are to be written following the format that will be sent upon admission to STEP 2. Once complete, please send your story to top100@greendestinations.org in a PDF format. 

How can a participant submit information for STEP 1 if they don’t have access to a sufficient Internet connection?

An offline submission is sometimes possible, through an excel sheet. Please contact top100@greendestinations.org if you are facing any issues with the Green Destinations online platform. 

How is it assessed?

How is the compliance to the Green Destinations Standard evaluated [STEP 1]? 

The evidence provided by destinations is evaluated and compliance with the Green Destinations Standard is assessed based on a five point scale. The evaluations of STEP 1 are organised by Green Destinations and supported by our partner organisations. Find out about the Top 100 partners here

Destinations that reach at least 60% compliance for the criteria they are evaluated on (15 for 1sts year participants and 30 for 2nd year participants) are invited to take part in STEP 2. 

What happens if a destination doesn’t reach at least 60% in STEP 1?

A destination that does not reach a result of at least 60% for the eligibility check will not be able to participate in STEP 2. In such a case, the participant will receive feedback and guidelines to make progress towards being more sustainable which will greatly improve their chances for 2022 Top 100! Green Destinations offers a range of programs to help and support destinations who want to work towards a more sustainable tourism industry.

How are the Good Practice Stories evaluated [STEP 2]?

Good Practice Stories’ are evaluated based on 5 criteria: (1) completeness of document, (2) level of innovation, (3) level of effectiveness, (4) level of transferability, (5) presence of the three sustainability pillars. 

How are destinations selected?

How are destinations selected to the Top 100 list? 

Destinations are selected based on the results of their Good Practice Stories [STEP 2]. The STEP 1 results are only taken into account when evaluating the destination’s eligibility to take part in STEP 2. This ensures that the stories submitted come from destinations making efforts and progress towards a more sustainable tourism industry. 

When will the destinations know if they have been selected?

Destinations will be notified of their selection two weeks prior to the Global Green Destinations Days 2021 (date of the event to be confirmed) where the list will be officially unveiled. Prior to the event, destinations will receive access to a media kit including the Top 100 logo and some social media posts templates amongst other things to adequately prepare their promotion material for the official unveiling.

Is there a fee?

Is a fee required to participate in the competition?

Yes, a fee is required to cover the cost of evaluation and training provided. Participants will receive alongside their sustainability and Good Practice Stories assessments, access to the Top 100 Training course created by the Green Destinations Training Team. Destinations will have access to the training course once their application has been accepted.

What are the Green Destinations Stories Awards @ ITB?

What are the Green Destinations Stories Awards @ ITB?

Stories selected to the annual Top 100 list submitted by members of the Awards and Certification Program and 2nd year participants are eligible for nomination to the annual Green Destinations Stories Awards, hosted by ITB Berlin. Find out more about the event and the different categories of awards here.

ANY QUESTIONS?

For questions about the Top 100 Destinations Sustainability Stories competition please see our FAQ section or contact us at

top100@greendestinations.org