The Sustainable Destinations Top 100 is unveiled for the third time on World Tourism Day 2017 and for the second time in a row Bonaire is on this list.
The awards celebrate the efforts of tourism destinations’ responsible and sustainable tourism initiatives. Nominators had to provide extensive information on the destination and on its efforts to make itself and its stakeholders more sustainable for the benefit of visitors, its local communities and the world. Information had to be provided about the extent the destination complies with the 15 core criteria of the Green Destinations Standard. 155 nominations were received from 57 countries. All nominations were evaluated by experts of the Green Destinations Top 100 Team and by members of the special Top 100 Selection Panel that included over 60 tourism sustainability experts.
The Top 100 initiative aims to recognize tourism destinations that have worked hard to make a difference and take sustainability seriously. Nevertheless, no destination is fully sustainable. In all selected destinations important issues remain to be solved. Due to a lack of data, traveler’s carbon emission data are not currently taken into account in this competition. However, Green Destinations recommend travelers to avoid long haul travels and to compensate their carbon emission in a proper way.