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World’s 100 most sustainable destinations include 31 in Slovenia

The Dutch non-profit organisation Green Destinations has released its Sustainable Top 100 list for this year. This year’s list includes 31 destinations in Slovenia, in other words all of the destinations that were awarded gold or silver medals under the Slovenia Green tourism scheme, according to the Slovenian Tourist Board (STO).

Vipava Valley

Vipava Valley | Author STO

The Sustainable Top 100 list for 2019 thus includes Ljubljana, Bled, Komen, Podčetrtek, Rogaška Slatina, Bela Krajina, Bohinj, Brda, Brežice, Hrpelje-Kozina, Idrija, Kamnik, Koper, Kranjska Gora, Laško, Lenart, Maribor, Miren - Kostanjevica, Nova Gorica, Novo mesto, Postojna, Ptuj, Radlje ob Dravi, Šentjur, Sevnica, Škofja Loka, Slovenj Gradec, Šmarješke Toplice, Solčava, Sveta Ana and the Vipava Valley.

The list was announced during the Global Green Destinations Days event, which is being hosted in Zagreb and Mali Lošinj, Croatia this year.

At the STO they see the inclusion of so many Slovenian destinations on the list as “a confirmation that Slovenian tourism, by placing sustainable tourism at the very centre of development and by developing a national certification scheme ... as a tool for realising that objective, is an example of good practices and a model for numerous other destinations”.

The Slovenia Green tourism scheme is a tool for introducing sustainable development business models in practice. Under the scheme, destinations are awarded Slovenia Green bronze, silver or gold medals based on more than 100 criteria, and soon it will also be possible to receive platinum medals. The scheme also includes accommodations providers, nature parks and travel agencies.

The Slovenia Green tourism scheme currently includes 92 recipients of the Slovenia Green label, of which 48 destinations, 38 accommodations providers, four nature parks and two travel agencies.