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On the World Tourism Day, 27 September 2017, during the Global Green Destination Day event that took place in the city of Cascais in Portugal the list of Global TOP 100 Sustainable Destinations in 2017 was published. Ljubljana was ranked for the third time in a row. Selection of Ljubljana is a result of its continuous development and implementation of sustainable tourism practices and its excellent performance (Gold status) in the Slovenia Green programme.

GGDD Cascais 2

© Primož Hieng

This year 155 destinations from 57 countries were nominated for the prestigious list. Ljubljana has been ranked this year for the third time (first was in 2014, and secondly last year, when the Slovenian capital hosted the two-day conference Global Green Destinations Day).

Apart from Ljubljana, also the Slovenian city Podčetrtek (as well the holder of the gold certificate Slovenia Green) was listed among the 100 most sustainable destinations this year for the first time, and the group Slovenia Green Destinations (a total of 21 destinations that received silver and bronze certificates).

Ljubljana and Slovenia are both in the company of recognized countries with the most sustainable destinations, like the Netherlands, Portugal, Italy, Spain and Canada.

The evaluation of the most sustainable destinations is a joint initiative of Green Destinations International, Travelmole's VISION on Sustainable Tourism, the Destination Stewardship Center, the Asian Ecotourism Network, Sustainable Travel International, QualityCoast and Linking Tourism & Conservation (LT & C). It is carried out by a jury consisting of over 60 internationally recognized experts in the field of sustainable development.

More information at http://greendestinations.org/.