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

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

  1. Sustainable tourism coordinator
  2. Inventory of destination assets
  3. Tourism policy
  4. Landscape & Scenery
  5. Soft mobility
  6. Air pollution
  7. Waste separation
  8. Reduction fossil fuel dependency
  9. Cultural heritage conservation
  10. Managing tourism impacts on culture
  11. Intangible heritage
  12. Promoting local products and services
  13. Health & safety prevention and responses
  14. Sustainability standards


  1. Vision
  2. Nature resource protection
  3. Captive animals in tourism 
  4. Nature protection
  5. Waste water treatment
  6. Solid waste reductionReduction energy consumption
  7. Respecting authenticity
  8. Protection of people
  9. Residents informed about sustainable tourism
  10. Inhabitant satisfaction Community Empowerment
  11. Optimizing private sector contribution
  12. Optimizing social impacts
  13. Real estate exploitation
  14. Visitor behavior at sensitive sites

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