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NSW Central Coast wins global green award in Berlin for growing a sustainable tourism industry

By Central Coast Council
Posted: 7 Mar 2024
The Central Coast in New South Wales has won First Place in the global Green Destinations Story Awards at the world’s leading travel trade show ITB Berlin on Wednesday 6 March.

The annual awards are presented to the most inspiring sustainable tourism initiatives submitted across six categories, with the Central Coast receiving the top accolade in the Destination Management category today.

The NSW Central Coast was the only Australian certified ECO Destination recognised on the international stage at ITB Berlin 2024. By winning this competition, the Central Coast has been confirmed as one of the regions leading the way for sustainable tourism on a global scale.

The 2024 Green Destinations Story Awards official ceremony showcased a diverse range of good practice stories from tourism destinations around the world.

Central Coast Council’s Chief Executive Officer, David Farmer said this incredible recognition on the international stage represents the undeniable progress we have made growing our ecotourism destination since 2021.

“Taking home this award is testament not only to Council’s ability to lead tourism management for the region, but to the commitment from our local industry who are taking up the mantle and leading with sustainability in their tourism offerings,” Mr Farmer said.

Central Coast Council’s winning Sustainability Story submission focused on the region’s commitment to building an ecotourism community known as ‘Eco Advocates’.

Central Coast’s winning Good Practice Story under the Destination Management category, titled ‘A Destination of Eco Advocates with Whales, Alpacas and Wheels’ received high praise from the judges.

Chief Executive of Ecotourism Australia, Elissa Keenan congratulated Central Coast Council for taking out first place at the world’s most prestigious sustainable destination awards ceremony.

“The Council has worked tirelessly over many years to achieve ongoing global best-practice sustainable destination standards and support their local tourism industry on their own sustainability journey with Ecotourism Australia’s Certifications and Programs. Their winning story is a testament to the whole region’s commitment to sustainability and is an inspirational model for other Australian and international destinations to grow sustainability from the ground up,” Ms Keenan said.

The Central Coast has been a consistent finalist in the Top 100 Sustainability Stories competition for the last three years, recognising the region’s ongoing commitment to sustainable destination management best practice led by Central Coast Council, in partnership with the local tourism industry.

The Central Coast became Australia’s third certified ECO Destination in 2022, as part of a commitment to grow sustainable tourism practices in destination management and promote world-class nature-based experiences.

Visit the Central Coast’s dedicated destination website to learn more: here

 
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