By Our Reporter
Rwandan tour operator Greg Bakunzi is among this year’s winners of the Sustainable Destinations Top 100 competition. The winners of the green label will be recognised at the two-day Global Green Destination Day (GGDD) international conference, which takes place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on September 27-28.
The conference is being held in Ljubljana because it’s “a city that kept its historic core attractive and well-preserved and was elected by the European Union as the European Green Capital 2016,” according to organisers. At the same conference, new holders of the Slovenia Green, Quality Coast and Quality Destinations labels will also be announced.
Mr Bakunzi, the founder of Musanze-based travel companies Red Rocks Cultural Tourism Initiative and Amahoro Tours, will be recognised for his efforts towards responsible and green tourism around the Volcanoes National Park.
The 2016 Sustainable Destinations Top 100 competition, an initiative of Green Destinations, Travelmole’s Vision on Sustainable Tourism and the Destination Stewardship Centre, recognises the top 100 sustainable destinations and providers of green business solutions worldwide.
Top Green Destinations are rated basing on nature and scenery, environment and climate, culture and tradition, people and hospitality, as well as sustainable destination management. The latter is considered “the most important one; it is measured through the destination’s compliance to 15 core criteria of the Green Destinations Standard,” according to organisers of the competition.
The Global Green Destinations Day is organised by Green Destinations and the GoodPlace Sustainable Tourism Institute in partnership with Ljubljana Tourism and the Slovenian Tourist Board.