Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards Event hosted by ITB Berlin


For the second year, the ‘Best of Top 100’ was unveiled at ITB Berlin.  This is a selection of the finest Top 100 destinations based on jury-reviewed sustainability success stories submitted by the Top 100 destinations.

This unique Award event is dedicated to recognise innovation and good practices in tourism management of destinations and tour operators leading the way towards quality, attractiveness and sustainability in tourism.

World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations unveiled at ITB
The World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations have been unveiled in the Awards Hall of ITB Berlin, at the end of its Opening day, March 6th. 44 Sustainable tourism stories have been submitted by the 100 top-sustainable destinations, available on Ten Award winners have been selected by a Jury representing 12 international organisations. The Jury has announced the Winners as follows:

  • ITB Earth Award: Republic of Palau
  • Best of Cities: Ljubljana (Slovenia)
  • Best of Communities & Culture: Gozo (Malta)
  • Best of Nature: Dutch QualityCoast Delta (Netherlands)
  • Best of Seaside: Torroella de Montgrí – L’Estartit (Spain)
  • Best of Ecotourism: Republic of Guyana
  • Best of Africa: Chumbe Island (Tanzania)
  • Best of Asia-Pacific: Bardia National Park (Nepal)
  • Best of the Americas: Galapagos National Park (Ecuador)
  • Best of Europe: Portugal

The Republic of Palau is the winner of the ITB Earth Award. Over the years Palau has become well known for its innovative approaches. In 2009, Palau created the world's first shark sanctuary and in 2015 the world’s sixth-largest marine sanctuary. In 2017, Palau was the first nation to change its immigration laws with the introduction of the “Palau Pledge”. The latest regulation relates to “reef-toxic” sunscreens: from 2020 onward Palau bans the sale and use of sunscreens containing toxic chemicals that can lead to coral bleaching. This is a world-first initiative to avoid the chemical pollution killing corals.

The destinations have been selected by an international Jury on the basis of their overall sustainability and of specific success stories that can be found in the Awards page.

The first selection of the 2019 Sustainable Top 100 list has also been presented. Nominations for the full 2019 Top 100 selection are open until May 1st, 2019.
The World’s Top 10 Sustainable Destinations lead the way towards quality, attractiveness and sustainability in tourism. These destinations provide best practice experience for destination managers to involve their local communities in tourism, and to avoid overtourism problems as we have seen in many iconic places.

Key role of destinations finally recognised
Countries, local governments and protected areas have everything on the line to ensure tourism sustainability, but they were hardly visible in the larger tourism award schemes so far. This has changed now ITB Berlin hosts this annual Sustainable Top 100 Awards event.

The event is organised by Green Destinations with the support of TravelMole’s Vision on Sustainable Tourism, and ten other Top 100 Organising partners.


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