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2020 Sustainable Top 100 Destinations

Who can participate?

Countries, states, regions, cities, towns, islands or protected areas are eligible if the following conditions were met:

Administrative structures and DMOs

An administrative organisation, governance structure, or a destination management organisation (DMO or DMC) is responsible for tourism destination management and sustainability.

Countries and regions

Countries and regions may be eligible when their size is less than 50,000 square km.


Eco-lodges may be eligible if they have a recognised and strong stewardship for a large area that is otherwise not managed.

Not eligible: Accommodations, single buildings, attractions and theme parks.

How to participate?

Eligible destinations can complete the following Registration form and send it to team@sustainabletop100.org​

Destinations then will receive a login to Green Destinations’ online assessment platform to complete the nomination which shall include:

  1. A brief destination description, a map, a sustainability pitch, and 5 copyright-free pictures (high
    resolution, 1 MB or more)
  2. Summarize what the destination is doing to adhere to the relevant policy and management criteria of the Green Destinations Standard
  3. A Good Practice Story.

Focus your story on one of the following areas:

Culture & Communities
Environment & Climate
Nature & Ecotourism
Islands & Seaside
COVID-19 strategies
Sustainable Development Goals logo
Contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals

How do we evaluate?

The evaluation of Good Practice Story is based on:

  • Completeness of documentation
  • Level of innovation
  • Effectiveness
  • Transferability of innovation
  • Destination Sustainability Assessment

Good Practice stories are a mandatory element of Top 100 nominations and make up 50% of the selection scoring methodology.

First year applicant must address 15 of the 30 core criteria.
Second year applicant must address all 30 core criteria.

  1. Sustainable tourism coordinator
  2. Inventory of destination assets
  3. Tourism policy
  4. Nature Protection
  5. Landscape & Scenery
  6. Soft mobility
  7. Air pollution
  8. Waste separation
  9. Reduction fossil fuel dependency
  10. Cultural heritage conservation
  11. Managing tourism impacts on culture
  12. Intangible heritage
  13. Promoting local products and services
  14. Health & safety prevention and responses
  15. Sustainability standards

All 1st year criteria +

  1. Vision
  2. Nature resource protection
  3. Captive animals in tourism
  4.  Waste water treatment
  5. Solid waste reduction
  6. Solid waste for entreprises
  7. Reduction of energy consumption
  8. Respecting authenticity
  9. Protection of people
  10. Residents informed about sustainable tourism
  11. Inhabitant satisfaction
  12. Optimizing private sector contribution
  13. Optimizing social impacts
  14. Real estate exploitation
  15. Visitor behavior at sensitive sites

Our jury

Nominations are then reviewed based on quality and comprehensibility of the provided information, supervised and supported by the Sustainable  Top 100 Destinations Jury consisting of international top experts on tourism and sustainability:

Green Destinations
Green Destinations

Albert Salman, Founder and President of the Jury

The Netherlands

ITB Berlin
ITB Berlin

Jean-François Rika , CSR Commissioner


GLP Films
GLP Films

Rob Holmes, Founder & Chief Strategist


Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN)
Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN)

Masaru Takayama



Lonneke De Kort

The Netherlands

Destination Stewardship Center
Destination Stewardship Center

Jonathan B. Tourtellot


Future of Tourism Coalition
Future of Tourism Coalition
Global Ecotourism Network
Global Ecotourism Network

Glenn Jampol

Costa Rica

QualityCoast Awards (EUCC)
QualityCoast Awards (EUCC)

Hugo de Jong

The Netherlands

Sustainable Travel International (STI)
Sustainable Travel International (STI)

Paloma Zapata



Naut Kusters

The Netherlands


Charlie Kao

Paris, France

EcoTourism Australia
EcoTourism Australia

Rod Hillman


Sustainable First
Sustainable First

Any questions?

For questions about the Sustainable Top 100 competition or the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 Awards, please see our FAQ section or contact us at