Green Key Best Practice Competition 2017

Green Key is running its Best Practice Competition from 24 April to 1 September 2017! Send us your best practice story now and be in with a chance to become Green Key's Sustainability Champion 2017!

The topic for this year's Best Practice Competition is: 

"Partnership and Local Engagement for Sustainable Development”

We would like to read about any activities, initiatives and practices you have that promote sustainable social, cultural, environmental or economic developments in your area. 

What does that mean?

Sustainable social development: Do you work together with local associations? Are you supporting a local school? Do you promote social integration? All activities that bring harmony and inclusion to the local community fall into this category. 

Sustainable cultural development: Are you helping to keep the local traditions and customs alive? Do your guests have the opportunity to experience authentic local culture in your establishment?  Do you support other organisations that protect local culture and heritage? All activities that promote the preservation of local culture fall into this category.

Sustainable environmental development: Are you engaging in the protection of nature in your area? Do you support initiatives that help to save local wildlife? Are you raising awareness among tourists about environmental challenges in your area? All activities that help to protect the local natural environment fall into this category. 

Sustainable economic development: Do you work in cooperation with local suppliers? Are you supporting local farmers, fishermen or craftsmen? Do you have training or employment programmes for disadvantaged social groups? All activities that support and promote the local economy fall into this category. 


How can I enter the competition?

·      Don't forget to upload three pictures

·      Submissions are open from 24 April 12:00 (CEST) to 1 September 12:00 (CEST)

·      Only Green Key awarded sites can take part in the competition

·      The winner will be informed by e-mail and announced on Green Key's website and social        media on the World Tourism Day, 27 September 2017.


What can I win?

The winner receives our "Green Key Sustainability Champion Plaque" and will be featured on our best practice competition website that will be published after the winner has been announced.


Background of this year's best practice competition

2017 has been designated as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the UN to "support a change in policies, business practices and consumer behavior towards a more sustainable tourism sector that can contribute effectively to the Sustainable Development Goals".



If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We're looking forward to all of your inspiring stories!