The world’s Sustainable Top Destinations – by Greendestinations.com were announced at ITB Berlin on 6th March.
Sustainable tourism is usually a success when all those involved – in politics, administrations, neighbours and local residents – become part of the effort, and that is something the top ten sustainable destinations who received awards at ITB Berlin will know about.
The competition is contested over a period of one year. To begin, 100 sustainable destinations qualify for the first round, after which the finalists are selected who present themselves in front of a large audience, and a panel including members of 12 leading international organisations at the Palais am Funkturm.
THE WINNERS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Best in Cities, Communities & Culture: QualityCoast, Western Portugal; Best in Nature: Chobe Makgadikgadi Okavango and Selinda, Botswana; Best in Seasides: Dutch QualityCoast Delta, Netherlands; The Earth Award: Kingdom of Bhutan; Best in Europe: Slovenia’s Green Destinations; Best in Africa: Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda; Best in the Asian-Pacific region: High Pamirs Mountain Region, Tajikistan; Best in the Americas: Vail in Colorado, USA; Best in the Atlantic: the Azores (Portugal); Best in the Mediterranean: Gozo, Malta. The theme of this year’s competition was “Tourism bene ting local communities”. It was the rst time the awards ceremony took place at ITB Berlin. According to Albert Salman, director of Green Destinations, it had become clear that the award-winning top ten destinations were the best of the best in terms of quality, attractiveness and sustainable tourism.