The press release states that the recognized destinations “provided 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.”
Just two destinations in the United States were named to the list: Jackson Hole and the Town of Vail.
The press release notes that, although sustainability is an evolving goal, it’s a goal worth pursuing: “The Top 100 initiative aims to recognise 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.”
Jackson Hole is one of three finalists for the Destination Leadership category of the National Geographic World Legacy Awards in 2017 and was selected by Global Sustainable Tourism Council to be one of the first six Early Adopters of Destination Criteria in 2012.
For more information, please visit greendestinations.org/2017-top-100.