Sustainable destination management can be challenging, and it may sometimes be difficult to know where to start. From reducing GHG emissions, becoming nature-positive, supporting local businesses, managing waste, water and energy efficiently, etc., destination managers have a lot of responsibilities. All the while marketing and positioning their destination to attract visitors and satisfy their expectations.

If you haven’t read our article about the First steps for sustainable destination management focused on culture and traditions, you may want to start with that one. It outlines why this topic is essential and the criteria identified as the first steps for sustainability performance. 

Once you’re confident with these first steps, then here are the next ones you can take:

1. Managing tourism impacts on culture

You must monitor tourism’s impact on culture in your destination and address any degradations, damages, or disruptions to local culture, built heritage, cultural sites, culturally important landscapes, etc. 

Download our free ebook “The next steps towards sustainable destination management” to learn more about these criteria, including examples of good practices.

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What’s next?

You can receive extensive training and guidance on the first steps towards becoming a sustainable destination through the Green Destinations Top 100 Stories competition. A great opportunity for destinations to learn more about sustainable management while getting global visibility and reach for a project or initiative they have done.

As Green Destinations Representatives, Acorn Tourism can support you through your submissions to the Top 100 competition should you want to increase your scores and chances to get selected. Contact us to learn more.

The 2023 Green Destinations Top 100 Stories competition is now open for registrations.

These guidelines come from the Core-15 criteria of the Green Destinations Standard, recognised by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC). These criteria have been identified as the basics for sustainability performance.


Feasibility Study for the Development of a Cultural Heritage Research and Visitor Centre on the Farasan Islands
Market Research
Feasibility Study for the Development of a Cultural Heritage Research and Visitor Centre on the Farasan Islands

This feasibility study was commissioned to assess the development of a Farasan Archipelago Cultural Research and Heritage Centre (FARHC), which would serve local communities, particularly educational institutions, as well as national and international visitors.

Cultural and Historic Heritage Tourism Study for Ethiopia
Branding and Marketing
Cultural and Historic Heritage Tourism Study for Ethiopia

Study to provide assistance to Ethiopia by evaluating the cultural and historic tourism product, generating markets and competing destinations. The study enabled Ethiopia to clearly target priority markets to make the most of its limited marketing budget.

Cultural Tourism Development in Mongolia
Product Development
Mongolia nomadic caravan

The Minister needed advice on how Mongolia’s cultural tourism offer could meet internationally sustainable tourism guidelines and benefit remote and rural communities. We identified products to attract visitors from France, Germany, Japan, Russia and USA.



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