Global Green Destinations Days (GGDD) is a yearly conference for connecting sustainability professionals, destinations, and tourism boards in order to support peer to peer learning and finding sustainable solutions for tourism destinations. 

GGDD20 will open with unveiling the list of Sustainable Top 100 Destinations of 2020. The Sustainable Top 100 Destinations competition is organised to showcase sustainable tourism stories and good practices of local and regional destinations, as inspiring examples to others, to tour operators and to travellers. 

Following the Conference Opening and 2020 Top 100 Announcement, TRC Specialist Consultant Penny Spoelder will present in the session titled: Certification To Support Destination Recovery. This session will discuss how destinations manage broad stakeholder cooperation, stick to their sustainable values in times of crisis and how we measure sustainability with the help of destination certification programs.

Penny will present on Niue; Does size really matter? The journey of the world’s smallest independent nation toward sustainable tourism.

This is the story about one of the smallest countries in the world and its journey toward sustainable tourism.  Described as “a place where nature hasn’t been broken,” Niue is a raised coral atoll.  Known for its imposing limestone cliffs and pristine dive sites, the island nation is home to about 1,600 people Niue ke Monuina – A Prosperous Niue seeks to build a sustainable future that meets the nation’s economic and social needs while preserving environmental integrity, social stability, and the Niue culture.  The achievement of Niue ke Monuina is supported by seven national development pillars and specific strategies under each of those pillars of which tourism is one.  Niue has grasped the concept of sustainable tourism early and has, with the support of its industry, established its Sustainable Tourism Policy,  developed an Experience Development Strategy that focuses on the natural and cultural values of Niue, established minimum standards for its operators and has now commenced steps to become one of the first Pacific Island nations to achieve recognition as a sustainable tourism destination and eco certified. So when it comes to size, this little nation is proving it has its advantages.  This presentation will take the audience through the opportunities and challenges of sustainable tourism in the Pacific with particular reference to Niue. 

Penny session is at 15h00 – 16h30 GMT+2 (CEST) 6 October, 2020.

Other speakers in this session include Danica Banjevic presenting on The Case of Tivat, Montenegro; Rod Hilman presenting on Rebuilding from a crisis, Australia and Tuncay Kuleli who will present on A theoretical framework to measure the sustainability of coastal uses, Turkey.


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