2018 Sustainable Destinations Top 100

For the fourth time the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 is unveiled. This list celebrates the efforts of tourism destinations for responsible and sustainable tourism.

The list is the result of open calls in newswires, social and business media. Nominators had to provide extensive information on their destination and its efforts to make itself and its stakeholders more sustainable for the benefit of visitors, local communities and the world. Candidate destinations had to clarify what they have been doing to comply with the 100 globally recognized criteria of the Green Destinations Standard. Nominations were evaluated by the Sustainable Top 100 Team and by members of the Top 100 International Committee and country experts.

The Top 100 initiative aims to recognise tourism destinations that have worked hard to make a difference and take sustainability seriously. Nevertheless, no destination is fully sustainable. In all selected destinations important issues remain to be solved.

Visitors’ carbon emissions are currently not taken into account in this competition due to the lack of suitable data and tools. However, Green Destinations recommends travellers to avoid long-haul travels and to appropriately compensate their carbon emission.

The winners will be celebrated – and will receive their Certificate at the ITB Earth Award – Top 100 Awards ceremony, 6 March at ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show.

The 2018 Top 100 selection will be available in: www.SustainableTop100.org.

Leiden, The Netherlands, 20 December 2018


The competition is organised by the Partnership for the Top 100 and the ITB Earth Award:

  • Green Destinations, the Netherlands
  • ITB Berlin, Germany
  • Asian Ecotourism Network (AEN), Thailand:
  • bookdifferent.com, the Netherlands
  • Destination Stewardship Center, USA
  • Ecotourism Australia, Australia
  • Global Ecotourism Network (GEN), USA
  • Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT&C), Norway
  • QualityCoast Awards, the Netherlands
  • Sustainable Travel International (STI), USA
  • The Long Run, United Kingdom
  • Travelife for Tour Operators and Travel Agents, NL
  • TravelMole’s VISION on Sustainable Tourism, UK/Italy.

2018 Sustainable Destinations Top 100

 

AUSTRALIA

Douglas Shire (Queensland)
Red Centre

BELGIUM

Durbuy

BHUTAN

Kingdom of Bhutan

BOTSWANA

Chobe, Makgadikgadi & Okavango Delta
Selinda Reserve

BRAZIL

Fernando de Noronha

CANADA

Great Bear Rainforest
Vancouver (British Columbia)
Castle Region & Alberta Southwest
Mackenzie Delta – Beaufort Sea Niagara Falls (Ontario)
Thompson Okanagan

CHILE

Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve
Chiloe Island
Huilo Huilo Biological Reserve
Puerto Natales

COLOMBIA

Otún Quimbaya Sanctuary

COSTA RICA

Costa Rica

CROATIA

Town of Drniš

CYPRUS

Pafos Region

ECUADOR

Galapagos Islands Sani Isla

FINLAND

Pyhä-Luosto

FRANCE

Bretagne – Brittany

GERMANY

Norderney (Lower Saxony)

GREECE

Folegandros (Cyclades)
Skyros Island (Evia)
Sifnos Island (Cyclades)

INDIA

Khangchendzonga Nat. Park (Sikkim)

INDONESIA

Bali Barat National Park

ITALY

Cogne (Valle d’Aosta)
Villasimius & C. Carbonara MPA (Sardinia)

JAPAN

Kamaishi (Iwate)

JORDAN

Ajloun Forest Reserve
Sharhabil Bin Hassneh EcoPark

KENYA

Loisaba Conservancy

MALAYSIA

Taiping (Perak)

MALTA

Gozo

NAMIBIA

#Khoadi-//Hoas Conservancy

MEXICO

Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve

NETHERLANDS

Ameland (Friesland)
Berg en Dal (Gelderland)
Goeree-Overflakkee (Zuid-Holland)
Hoek van Holland (Zuid-Holland)
Katwijk (Zuid-Holland)
Nijmegen (Gelderland)
Noordwijk (Zuid-Holland)
Schouwen-Duiveland (Zeeland)
Wassenaar (Zuid-Holland)
Westvoorne (Zuid-Holland)
Veere (Zeeland)

NETHERLANDS – CARIBBEAN

Bonaire
Saba

NORWAY

Lindesnes region
Lyngenfjord region

PALAU

Republic of Palau

PHILIPPINES

Bojo (Aloguinsan)
Lio Tourism Estate (El Nido)
San Carlos City (Negros Occ.)

PORTUGAL

Águeda (Baixo Vouga, Centro)
Alto Minho CIM
Azores
Cascais (Greater Lisbon region)
Lagos (Algarve)
Peneda-Gerês National Park
Oeste CIM, West Portugal
Serras do Socorro e Archeira
Sintra (Greater Lisbon region)
Torres Vedras (Oeste)

ROMANIA

Bison Land

RWANDA

Volcanoes National Park

SLOVENIA

Ljubljana
Bled
Komen
Podčetrtek
Rogaška Slatina
Slovenia Green Destinations

SOUTH KOREA

Suwon Hwaseong (Suwon City)

SPAIN

Baiona (Galicia)
Bergueda County (Catalunya)
Islas Atlánticas de Galicia
Noja (Cantabria)
Terres de l’Ebre
Torroella de Montgrí-L’Estartit

SWEDEN

Åre (Jämtland County)
Malmö (Scania County)
Östergötland region

TAIWAN

Nanliao Penghu
Northeast and Yilan Coast NSA
Pinglin district (New Taipei City)

TANZANIA

Chumbe Island (Zanzibar)

UNITED KINGDOM

County Down (Northern Ireland)

USA

Jackson Hole-Yellowstone (Wyoming)
Vail (Colorado)


The Top 100 Partnership consists of 13 organisations:  www.sustainabletop100.org

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