Published on Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Top sustainable destinations long list unveiled for ITB

The World's Best Sustainable Destinations will be unveiled in a special Ceremony in the Awards Hall - Hell 19 of ITB Berlin, at 4pm at the end of its Opening day, March 7.

The Award Categories and Finalists are as follows:

Best of Cities, Communities & Culture

Best Top 100 Destination showing global leadership in protecting its local culture and tradition, social fabric and sense of place, in involving its local community in tourism, and in avoiding human exploitation, human rights violation, and disruptive mass tourism (over-tourism).

  • Cascais (Portugal)
  • Oeste Region (Portugal)
  • Sintra (Portugal)
  • Zuid-Limburg (Netherlands)
  • Torres Vedras (Portugal)
  • Tung Dap village (Thailand)

Best of Nature

Best Top 100 Destination showing global leadership in actively protecting its scenic views, natural habitats and wildlife, and showing respect for animals, a basis for its sustainable tourism development.
  • Chobe, Makgadikgadi and Okavango Delta (Botswana)  
  • Bison Land (Romania)   
  • Great Plains Conservation's Selinda Reserve (Botswana)

Best of Seaside

Best Top 100 Destination showing global leadership in offering water related leisure opportunities in agreement with the principles of sustainable tourism.
  • Goeree-Overflakke (Netherlands
  • Noja, Cantabria (Spain
  • Schouwen Duiveland (Netherlands)
  • Skyros Island (Greece)
  • Veere (Netherlands)
  • Westvoorne (Netherlands)

Earth Award

The world is dying - What are we doing? Best Top 100 Destination showing global leadership in combatting climate change and environmental degradation.
  • Kingdom of Bhutan
  • Torroella de Montgrí-L'Estartit (Spain)
  • Reykjanes (Iceland

Best of the Planet

Destinations showing international leadership and innovation in responsible and sustainable tourism in different parts of the world.
  • Autonomous Region of the Azores (Portugal)
  • Bali Barat National Park (Indonesia)
  • Clonakilty (Ireland)   
  • Gozo (Malta)
  • Grootbos Private Nature Reserve (South Africa)
  • High Pamirs Mountain Region (Tajikistan)
  • Jackson Hole & Yellowstone (USA
  • Lake Tota (Colombia)
  • Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Mali Lošinj (Croatia)
  • Podcetrtek (Slovenia)
  • Santa Cruz, Galapagos (Ecuador)  
  • Slovenia Green Destinations (Slovenia)
  • Vail, Colorado (USA)
  • Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda).

There will also be a special audience prize.

More information:

Valere Tjolle


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