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?
Destinations then will receive a login to Green Destinations’ online assessment platform to complete the nomination which shall include:
- A brief destination description, a map, a sustainability pitch, and 5 copyright-free pictures (high
resolution, 1 MB or more)
- Summarize what the destination is doing to adhere to the relevant policy and management criteria of the Green Destinations Standard
- A Good Practice Story.
Focus your story on one of the following areas:
Culture & Communities
Environment & Climate
Nature & Ecotourism
Islands & Seaside
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
- 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.
- Sustainable tourism coordinator
- Inventory of destination assets
- Tourism policy
- Nature Protection
- Landscape & Scenery
- Soft mobility
- Air pollution
- Waste separation
- Reduction fossil fuel dependency
- Cultural heritage conservation
- Managing tourism impacts on culture
- Intangible heritage
- Promoting local products and services
- Health & safety prevention and responses
- Sustainability standards
All 1st year criteria +
- Nature resource protection
- Captive animals in tourism
- Waste water treatment
- Solid waste reduction
- Solid waste for entreprises
- Reduction of energy consumption
- Respecting authenticity
- Protection of people
- Residents informed about sustainable tourism
- Inhabitant satisfaction
- Optimizing private sector contribution
- Optimizing social impacts
- Real estate exploitation
- Visitor behavior at sensitive sites
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:
Albert Salman, Founder and President of the Jury
Hugo de Jong