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During the Award Ceremony of the Global Green Destinations Event held last week on World Tourism Day in Cascais (Lisbon region, Portugal), the destinations Azores, Sintra, and Lagos in Portugal; and Noja in Spain received their new QualityCoast awards.

The Ceremony took place in the impressive heritage site ‘Palacio da Cidadela de Cascais’. For the Azores, a Platinum Award was presented to Mr. Filipe Porteiro . It is the second time Azores received a Platinum award, and currently the only destination who has achieved this status consecutively. Their sustainable tourism policy was found to be for 96% in line with the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) criteria for sustainable destinations.

On behalf of Sintra (neighbouring the hosting municipality of Cascais), Mr. Paulo Gomes received a Golden QualityCoast Award. Eng. Ana Rico Pico represented the Municipality of Lagos in the Algarve, who received a Silver award this year. Noja, in the Spanish Region of Cantabria, received upgraded its QualityCoast status to a Gold award, and was represented by its Major Mr. Miguel Ángel Ruíz Lavín.

The winners received their awards for outstanding policy and performance in the field of sustainable destination management and quality of their touristic offer. Find more about the QualityCoast programme here.

The ceremony also presented the 2017 Sustainable Destinations Top100 winners and took place during the Global Green Destinations Event – the world’s largest gathering of sustainable destinations, this year held in the Frame of the 10th edition of Greenfest. The event focussed on showcasing sustainable destinations and discussing solutions and approaching to the recent phenomenon of ‘overtourism’. More info here.

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