Azores named “world’s most sustainable destination”

Azores named “world’s most sustainable destination”

The Portuguese archipelago of the Azores has been considered “the world’s most sustainable destination” by Green Destinations, a website that rates the world’s top-100 best performing destinations in terms of sustainability.
On the mainland, Lagos in the Algarve, Cascais-Estoril near Lisbon, Portugal’s west coast, Serras do Socorro e Acheira in Torres Vedras and Sintra also made it onto the list, but it was the Azores that achieved the best Global Sustainable Tourism Review (GSTR).
To win a GSTR, a destination must perform well on “six key criteria”: nature, environment, culture and tradition, social wellbeing, green economy and certified green tourism policy.
According to the website, the award was created to “celebrate the management efforts of the world’s most sustainable tourist destinations” as well as “encourage public and private stakeholders in all destinations worldwide to adopt more sustainable tourism practices”.
It’s yet another international distinction for the Azores which recently scooped the first Quality Coast Platinum Award for sustainable tourism in October.
To see Green Destinations top-100 in full, visit www.greendestinations.info