Douglas Shire maintains its award winning status as one of the world’s sustainable Top 100 Destinations for 2020.
The Sustainable Top 100 Destinations list has just been unveiled, with the Douglas Shire returning to be honoured with the prestigious recognition.Townsville and Lord Howe Island join the Douglas Shire as other Australian destinations to be included in the Top 100 list.
This is the sixth year of the competition, organised by Green Destinations and partners. The aim of the programme is to showcase sustainably good practices of emerging and established destinations.
Nominations are made based on 30 core sustainability criteria from the Green Destinations Standard (GSTC-Recognised) and a well-written Good Practice Story of destination sustainability.
By publishing the annual list and by sharing their destination management good practices and success stories, the initiators acknowledge the steps taken towards making tourism destinations more sustainable, responsible and more attractive from a visitor experience point of view.
Nominations were evaluated by the Sustainable Top 100 Team, country experts and Green Destination Partners, coordinated by Green Destinations. This year, the selection was more than ever determined by the quality, effectiveness and transferability of the Good Practice Stories that were submitted by the destinations.
The Top 100 committee stresses that selection for the Top 100 list does not mean the destination is sustainable. It means it is making good efforts and promising progress. Completely sustainable destinations do not exist.
The competition is held under the auspices of the Top 100 Partnership, with special contributions by: Green Destinations, QualityCoast, TravelMole, Vision on Sustainable Tourism, Travelife, ITB Berlin, Asian Ecotourism Network, Ecotourism Australia and GLP Films.