VisitPortugal, demonstrating Portugal’s commitment to the development of sustainable tourism, is hosting the award ceremony for the Green Destinations Story Prizes 2022, which takes place during ITB Berlin and broadcast online on the Zoom platform, on 11 March 2022.
Organized by Green Destinations (a non-profit foundation dedicated to sustainable tourism and accredited by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council), in partnership with GLP Films and ITB Berlin, this event aims to present and celebrate the most inspiring stories of good tourism practices. sustainable and innovative solutions that contribute to the development of tourism.
The nominees for this award, chosen by an international panel of judges, are part of the list of destinations distinguished in the Top 100 Stories 2021, among which are four Portuguese destinations: the Autonomous Region of the Azores in the category Localising and Decarbonising the supply chain, and Nazaré, Alto Minho and Sintra, in the Tourism Reset & Recovery category.
The awards also distinguish destinations in the Communities & Culture, Environment & Climate, and Nature & Ecotourism categories, in addition to the Green Destinations People’s Choice Award, given to the story most voted by the general public, and the ITB Earth Award – selected by ITB Berlin of a set of smart projects for more sustainable tourism in recognition of the global leadership role in the fight against climate change and environmental degradation.
The best practice stories of the finalist destinations are presented during the ceremony, through videos created in partnership with GLP Films, which are later made available to the finalists to use as part of their destination marketing. Since 2014, between 6 and 10 destinations in Portugal have been annually present in the Top 100 Stories Competition, in a clear commitment to the development of sustainable tourism, and in 2022, along with Peru, the country with the most nominations for the Green Destinations Story Awards, after electing 10 destinations in the Top 100 Stories 2021 Competition.
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