Quoted in a note sent to the newsrooms, the regional secretary for Energy, Environment and Tourism, Marta Guerreiro, underlines that the Azores are "the only archipelago in the world and the only region in the country with the certification of Sustainable Tourist Destination", adding that "all and any distinction in this area reinforces the position of the Azores in terms of sustainability”.
The regional secretary also highlights that it is "an award that highlights the path taken by the Government of the Azores in the sustainable development of the tourism sector".
“We are in the first place in a category that has everything to do with our marketing strategy, since we are distinguished by our valuable environmental and landscape heritage”, he stressed.
According to Green Destinations, the contest for the 100 Best Sustainable Destinations is organized to disseminate sustainability stories and good practices from local and regional destinations.
“Tourists who visit us do so, precisely because we are recognized as a destination of experiences that can be experienced in nature, so this award can only be a reason for great pride, satisfaction and enthusiasm”, stressed Marta Guerreiro, referring that the Government of the Azores faces this type of distinction “with great responsibility”, not least because the region was chosen by “a jury of sustainability experts representing a dozen international organizations”.
In 2019, Green Destinations had already distinguished the Azores in the “Best of Europe” category, as one of the regions that contributed to Portugal being awarded the prize.
In 2018, the region was recognized in the “Best of the Atlantic” category.
The archipelago is also the only region in the country to display the “Quality Coast Platina” award, attributed by this entity, since 2014.
Green Destinations is an institutional network that leads international organizations specializing in sustainable tourism and evaluates competing destinations worldwide.