Sustainable destinations as a way to fight over-tourism


The high number of tourists in the same place and time has led to several environmental and social problems around the globe. It’s predicted that by 2030 there will be 1.8 billion tourists. A call for a sustainable way of travelling has been made by nations to fight over-tourism and at the same time keep the standards of quality in the tourism sector. Additionaly, certifying destinations as sustainable, this by creating action plans againts over-tourism. This action has been  a new measure for some countries to increase revenue and visibility out of great touristic demand .
We highlighted three top destination of three certification bodies that is working with.

Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) is an independent and neutral organization that works with several certification bodies (ecolabels) to improve quality standards in countries, to increase tourism with a strong and sustainable base, having it’s focus on nature, people, economy and culture. as partner of GSTC and several ecolabels aim to point these destinations to the public. In this way we try to encourage travellers to find the best and sustainable places, consequently boosting a conscient way of travelling.

Biosphere Responsible Tourism

 The commitment of Biosphere destinations certification, is to combat climate change, environmental, cultural, social and economic protection through the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) of the United Nations. Biosphere is an independent organization and its purpose is implementing actions and programs of sustainable development in the touristic industry.


In Portugal you can find the Aldeias Históricas (historical villages) that were recently certified by Biosphere, due it’s history connection with natural areas and well-preserved patrimony. This award complies with 12 villages in the Beira’s region.Book a sustainable accommodation in Portugal


Spain is full of incredible sustainable destinations that you can visit. From the coast of Barcelona to the north of the country. The country has some incredible landscapes such as the Province of León, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Rioja Alavesa, Alicante, Mallorca and Canary Islands, all of which are certified places that put their nature and cultural heritage in first place.Book a sustainable accommodation in Barcelona


Thompson Okanagan (British Columbia, Canada) region is home to over 90 native communities and hamlets. The region boasts a rich and diversity landscapes as Canadian rocky mountain peaks, to the arid climate of Canada’s only desert. Ideally for hiking and cultural interactions with the natives. Visitors can also go for the many sandy, lakeside beaches, golf, hiking, biking and skiing.Book a sustainable accommodation in Thomspson Okanagan




The EarthCheck Sustainable Destinations Program is a worldwide network of destinations that aim to achieve world-leading sustainability outcomes. The program uses EarthCheck science to tackle environmental and social problems such as climate change, waste reduction and non-renewable resource management.


Rottnest Island (Australia) is very natural getaway, featuring a casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery and some of the world’s finest beaches and bays. The island is managed by Rottnest Island Authority, which has sustainable management in social, environment and economics fields as their main objectives.Book a sustainable accommodation in Rottnest Island


Kaikoura is a coastal town on the South Island of New Zealand and it was one of the first certified sustainable destinations in the world. It’s known for the abundant wildlife and sperm whale population. It’s perfect for whale watching and contact with the natives. The town attracts more than one million visitors to its shores, attracted by the pristine beaches and environment.Book a sustainable accommodation in Kaikoura


Huatulco (Oaxaca, Mexico) in its entirety has not only implemented elementary measures for the protection of the ecology and environment, but has gone much further by implementing programs that identify and recognize this destination as one of the most advanced tourism communities internationally with regards to the protection of its environment.Book a sustainable accommodation in Huatulco



Green Destinations

Green Destinations is a non-profit foundation for sustainable tourism, which leads a global partnership of expert organisations, companies and academic institutions. Additionally, developing a complete, affordable and easy-to-use assessment & certification programme that fits the needs of both small and larger destinations. The platform helps destinations to improve sustainability management and performance.


Berg en Dal and Nijmegen are two destinations in the Netherlands that have preserved their historic and environmental value. For the last years the council are regulating the landscape development plan, energy and structure vision, policy plan for tourism and economic development to make these two destinations as a sustainable reference in the country.Book a sustainable accommodation in Neijmegen


The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small country situated in the Himalayan Mountains. 72% of its territory is covered in forests. This is a unique destination with a special tourism sustainable system that puts sustainability of culture, environment and Bhutanese way of life at core of its policy. The visitors are must pay a fee per person per night which is used for social development to sustain the destination.Book a sustainable accommodation in Kingdom of Bhutan


Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area is a Taiwanese destination offering its visitors green mountains, clear waters as well as cultural heritage sites. The destination develops eco-friendly tourism and works actively to become a sustainable destination. Locals have been working on improving wastewater treatment, solid waste management, the reduction of water usage and carbon emissions.Book a sustainable accommodation in Yilan Coast


Over-tourism has created a lot of problems, especially environmental ones. Everybody remembers about the Maya Bay in Thailand, that was closed to the public in 2018 by the government, due to the amount of trash in the beach and destruction of corals. These are situations that we at wouldn’t like to see in the coming years. Thailand is also on its way to promoting a better tourism among travellers with the help of official entities.

In some cases, the destinations limit the number of visitors per season, in other cases the government or management entity apply additional fees which tourists have to pay to support the businesses and local environment. Some cities are using technologies to drive the tourists to locations that are less crowded, that is the case with Amsterdam in the Netherlands and also Venice in Italy.

Tourism can be a positive game-changer for destinations, as it creates jobs, attracts investment and drives infrastructure development. Furthermore, ethical and sustainable tourism can also improve livelihood, education levels and quality of life for local people. All the aforementioned destinations have found ways to protect their land and people by developing a sustainable touristic plan.

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Source: All the information was collected from the official website of the certification bodies.



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