Six Slovenian entries make Green Destinations Top 100 Stories
Six Slovenian destinations have made it on the global list of Green Destinations Top 100 Stories, having convinced the Green Destinations organisation with their sustainable practices in tourism.
Honoured this year are the capital Ljubljana, the Šalek Valley, Brežice, Jeruzalem, Miren Kras and Kranj, the Slovenian Tourist Board announced on 10 October.
Many destinations throughout the world apply for the competition every year and a panel of experts selects a hundred that it recognises as examples of best practice.
Slovenian destinations rank regularly on the list, which the STO believes reflects systematic and years-long development and promotion of sustainable tourism.
Brežice, a town in the east of the country, won the recognition for its Day of Bread and Salamis festival, and Jeruzalem, a village among vineyards in the northeast, for the Ormož Basins Nature Reserve.
Ljubljana won over the judges with a series of eight boutique tourist experiences focused on traditional handicrafts.
Meanwhile, Miren Kras in the west of the country won the accolade for a fundraising campaign in the wake of the devastating 2022 wildfire in Kras.
The Šalek Valley in the mid-northeast made the list for Mysteries of Submerged Villages, a tour of the Coal Mining Museum in Velenje that includes sailing on Lake Velenje and a culinary experience.
Kranj, the regional centre of north-western Slovenia, was recognised for its SOS Proteus Information Centre for the protection of olms in the tunnels under the old town.
"For Slovenian tourism, sustainability is not a choice but a duty to preserve the natural wonders and the rich culture and tradition at the heart of our identity," STO director Maja Pak commented on the occasion.
The Green Destinations Top 100 Stories were unveiled at the annual conference of the Netherlands-based global organisation Green Destinations in Tallinn, Estonia, which is coming to a close on 10 October.