Last week, on World Tourism Day, the global listing for the top 100 Sustainable Destinations was revealed, and we are delighted to report that Bonaire is once again honored to be included.
These awards celebrate the efforts of tourism destinations’ responsible and sustainable visitor initiatives. Those making nominations were requested to provide extensive information about the destination, as well as its efforts to make itself and its stakeholders more sustainable for the benefit of visitors, its local communities, and the world. For 2017, 155 nominations from 57 countries around the world were received.
Nominees had to prove compliance with the 15 core criteria of the Green Destinations Standard, which include:
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, there are important issues which remain and must be solved.
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Susan Davis has been living on Bonaire for over 25 years. She is a PADI Master Instructor, and an underwater and topside photographer. She also enjoys writing for The Bonaire Insider tourism news blog.