October 7, 2020 - Tivat was proclaimed one of the winners of the Sustainable Top 100 Destination Awards of 2020 at today's ceremony, held as part of the Global Green Destinations Days (GGDD20). The awards were held for the sixth time in a row. Applications for the prize were open to all countries of the world.
In June this year, the Tourism Organization of Tivat, in cooperation with the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management of Montenegro- Morsko Dobro, applied for the Sustainable Top 100 Destinations for 2020.
There were more than 150 applicants in the competition.
As it is known, Montenegro and its municipalities, including Tivat, are still far from being perfect in the real sense of sustainability and its deeper aspects. Having that in mind, this is an excellent recognition of the efforts to be "Safe, Smart, Sustainable" and very encouraging towards further sustainable development of Tivat and Montenegro.
"This is confirmation that with the convincing Good Practice Story- the successful change in management of Tivatska Solila (Tivat Saltpan), that has been transformed into a Special Nature Reserve and a Ramsar site, and the reporting in the first 15 sustainability criteria by the Tourism Organization and the Municipality of Tivat- we have demonstrated many good initiatives realized in this city, both by the public and private sector," states Danica Banjevic, the local tourism organization's director.
Tivat Salina, Source: FB
International experts of Green Destinations have assessed these efforts as significant for obtaining this prestigious recognition.
In cooperation with the public, private and civil sectors, the Tourism Organization of Tivat continues its work in this field, stated the local TO director. At the end of October, a second two-day educational workshop is planned to define concrete next steps: Tivat intends to begin 2021 with the demanding 3-level certification process "Award and Certification Program" of Green Destinations.
"This means that we have to put a lot of effort into development, monitoring, and reporting - according to a total of 100 criteria. Tivat will gain information on the development level regarding destination sustainability, as well as guidelines for further improvements by international advisors and auditors, selected by Green Destinations," Banjevic continues.
"On this occasion, the Tourism Organization would like to thank all its associates. First of all, participants of the first workshop held in June in Tivat, the Public Enterprise "Morsko Dobro", as one of the key applicants in this nomination, as well as colleagues from the Secretariat for Investments, Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, the Secretariat for Communal Affairs and Transport, the Secretariat for Tourism and Entrepreneurship, the Secretariat for Culture and Social Affairs, companies DOO "Komunalno" Tivat, Brand New Tivat, Protection and Rescue Service, Environmental Protection Agency, The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, UNDP, the strategic partners Porto Montenegro and Luštica Bay, as well as the NGO Expeditio that assisted in the application process and helped us become winners of this prestigious award." Danica Banjevic expresses her gratitude for the excellent cooperation with all stakeholders and partners.
2020 Sustainable Top 100 Destinations with their Good Practice Stories and a film: https://greendestinations.org/sustainabletop100/
Global Green Destination Days 2020 – worldwide online conference (all presentations are recorded and shared): https://greendestinations.org/events/ggdd20-home/
The Green Destination Standards: https://greendestinations.org/green-destinations-standard/