The 10 most sustainable destinations in the world

Republic of Palau in Micronesia, which asks visitors to sign a 'Palau Pledge', scoops ITB Earth Award.

The world’s 10 most sustainable destinations were recently revealed at ITB Berlin.

Award winners across ten different categories were selected by a jury representing 12 international organisations.

The Republic of Palau was the winner of the ITB Earth Award. Over the years Palau has become well known for its innovative approaches to sustainable tourism.

In 2009, Palau created the world's first shark sanctuary and in 2015 the world’s sixth-largest marine sanctuary. In 2017, Palau was the first nation to change its immigration laws with the introduction of the "Palau Pledge", meaning tourists could only enter the country if they sign an eco-pledge, promising to act in an environmentally responsible way while visiting.

The winning destinations "lead the way in quality, attractiveness and sustainability in tourism and provide best practice experience for destination managers to involve local communities in tourism," says organiser Green Destinations.

The winners:

ITB Earth Award: Republic of Palau

Best of Cities: Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Best of Communities & Culture: Gozo (Malta)

Best of Nature: Dutch QualityCoast Delta (Netherlands)

Best of Seaside: Torroella de Montgrí - L’Estartit (Spain)

Best of Ecotourism: Republic of Guyana

Best of Africa: Chumbe Island (Tanzania)

Best of Asia-Pacific: Bardia National Park (Nepal)

Best of the Americas: Galapagos National Park (Ecuador)

Best of Europe: Portugal

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