Eligibility Criteria

Countries, states, regions, cities, towns, islands or protected areas are eligible if the following conditions were met:

  • An administrative organisation, governance structure, or a destination management organisation (DMO or DMC) is responsible for tourism destination management and sustainability.
  • Countries and regions may be eligible when their size is less than 50,000 square km.
  • Eco-lodges may be eligible if they have a recognised and strong stewardship for a large area that is otherwise not managed.

Not eligible: Accommodations, single buildings, attractions and theme parks.


Eligible destinations can complete the Registration form and send it to​. Destinations will receive a login to Green Destinations’ online assessment platform to complete the nomination which shall include:

  1. A brief destination description, a map, a sustainability pitch, and 5 copyright-free pictures (high
    resolution, 1 MB or more)
  2. Summarize what the destination is doing to adhere to the relevant policy and management criteria
    of the Green Destinations Standard
  3. A Good Practice Story

Focus your story on one of the following areas:

  • Culture & Communities
  • Environment & Climate
  • Nature & Ecotourism
  • Islands & Seaside
  • Or any of the 17 SDGs
  • Immediate responses in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis
  • Preparing for a smart and sustainable post – COVID-19 recovery

Good Practice stories are a mandatory element of Top 100 nominations and make up 50% of the selection scoring methodology.

The evaluation of Good Practice Story is based on:

  • Completeness of documentation
  • Level of innovation
  • Effectiveness
  • Transferability of innovation
  • Destination Sustainability Assessment

30 Core Criteria

First year applicant must address 15 of the 30 core criteria.
Second year applicant must address all 30 core criteria.

15 criteria (1st year)

+ 15 criteria (2nd year)

Sustainable tourism coordinator


Inventory of destination assets

Nature resource protection

Tourism policy

Captive animals in tourism 

Nature protection

Waste water treatment

Landscape & Scenery

Solid waste reduction

Air pollution

Reduction energy consumption

Soft mobility

Respecting authenticity

Waste separation

Protection of people

Reduction fossil fuel dependency

Residents informed about sustainable tourism

Cultural heritage conservation

Inhabitant satisfaction

Managing tourism impacts on culture

Community Empowerment

Intangible heritage

Optimizing private sector contribution

Promoting local products and services

Optimizing social impacts

Health & safety prevention and responses

Real estate exploitation

Sustainability standards

Visitor behavior at sensitive sites

Jury & partner organisations

Nominations are then reviewed based on quality and comprehensibility of the provided information, supervised and supported by the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 Jury consisting of international top experts on tourism and sustainability: