The Greek island of Alonissos, in the Aegean Sea, has been nominated again among the world’s leading sustainable destinations.
The Northern Sporades island is the only Greek destination among the world’s Top 100 Sustainable Destinations – a distinction awarding efforts of international tourism locations for responsible and sustainable projects.
An initiative of Green Destinations in collaboration with Quality Coast, TravelMole’s, Vision for Sustainable Tourism, Sustainable Travel International and GSTC, the nomination process is carried out online followed by an assessment procedure by a team of experts of more than 15 relevant criteria, including efforts by destination authorities to ensure sustainable practices that are to the benefit of local communities, visitors and the world.
Alonissos was selected for its efforts in protecting its natural habitat, preserving its rich architectural tradition as well as for its energy-saving schemes. A case in point is the island’s successful “Alonissos without Plastic Bags” project implemented in 2015. An added factor in the decision was the inclusion of the local community in tourism development decisions.