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Top 100 Sustainable Destinations for 2016

top 100 greendesttop100Green Destinations unveiled the “Top 100 Sustainable Destinations” in the world for 2016 during World Tourism Day on 27 September 2016. According to the organisation, “The Top 100 initiative aims to recognise tourism destinations that have worked hard to make a difference and take sustainability seriously.”

Over 150 destinations were submitted, which were then reviewed by thirty evaluators and a selection panel led by Albert Salman (Green Destinations), Jonathan Tourtellot (Destination Stewardship Center), Masaru Takayama (Asian Ecotourism
Network), Brian Mullis (Sustainable Travel International), and Randy Durban (Global Sustainable Tourism Council).


The nominees were judged against the Green Destinations’ fifteen core criteria:

  • Sustainability Coordinator
  • Sustainable Tourism Policy
  • Nature Protection
  • Respect for Animals
  • Protection of Landscape and Scenery
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Solid Waste Reduction
  • Reduction of fossil fuel dependency
  • Cultural Heritage Conservation
  • Protection of Intangible Heritage
  • Protection of People
  • Inhabitants Involved in Tourism
  • Promoting Local Products
  • Health and Safety Prevention
  • Accessibility for Disabled


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Twenty destinations in eleven Asia-Pacific countries made the Top 100:

  • Kingdom of Bhutan
  • Timor Leste – Atauro Island
  • Taiwan – Northeast and Yilan Coast & Chihalaahay Cultural Landscape Area
  • Philippines – Lake Holon, Lake Sebu, and Boho, Aloguinsan
  • Indonesia – Plataran L’Harmonie and Misool, Raja Ampat
  • Republic of Korea – Dongbaekdongsan and Suncheon Bay Wetland
  • China – Jiuzhaigoiu Scenic Area, Mt. Huangshan, Sanqingshan World Heritage Site, and Yi Xian
  • Thailand – Tung Dap Village
  • India – Parambikulam Tiger Reserve and Khangchendzonga National Park
  • Tajikistan – Pamir Mountains
  • Republic of Palau  

See the whole “Top 100 Sustainable Destinations” list here.