The list of the Top 100 Green Destinations for 2016 was announced last night at an awards ceremony at the end of World Tourism Day 2016 and in Ljubljana, Slovenia—the European Green Capital for this year.
This is the second time that Green Destinations has compiled such a list. Nominations were opened in March this year to the public. Since then they been scrutinised by a panel of sustainable tourism experts and assessed on a list of 15 core criteria, including topics such as Tourism Policy, Waste Management, Nature Protection, Animal Welfare, Promoting of Local Products and Protection of People.
Speaking at Ljubljana Castle, Albert Salman of the Green Destinations Foundation introduced the list: “this list is not a list of the perfect, but rather a recognition of those that have invested huge effort and have made significant strides in the right direction, and are moving steadily towards sustainability”.
Green Destinations has also pointed out that visiting these destinations in itself does not make for sustainable travel: rather effort should be taken to stay in accommodation and visit attractions that are making efforts to be sustainable. Carbon Emissions for flying to destinations has not been taken into account due to lack of data, but Green Destinations encourage all to offset carbon emissions for flights taken.
The list includes a wide range of destinations in countries ranging the Netherlands to the USA, Rwanda and the Azores. If you’re looking for travel inspiration and a reason to go green – this is a great place to start!
What do you think of the top 100 list? Where would you add or where is on your list? Let me know in the comments below.
A Londoner by birth Ellie has lived in the UK, Netherlands, India and now Canada. Prior to blogging, she worked for 12 years in hospitality and online travel. Ellie started this blog during a sabbatical trip in 2015 around South Asia, to help conscious travellers find the best inspiration for their next sustainable trip. When not travelling, she is happiest with wine, pasta and a good (travel) book. Ellie is also Founder of Soul Travel Consulting which helps travel brands communicate their sustainability initiatives.