View of Portaferry from Strangford, highlighting the natural beauty of County Down

County Down achieves a place in the prestigious Sustainable Destinations Top 100 awards

County Down has been selected as the only destination in the UK/Ireland to win a spot in the prestigious Sustainable Destinations Top 100!

Not only has the country achieved a place in the top100, but it has also achieved a GOLD Award!

The annual list of Top 100 Sustainable Destinations, which is organised by Green Destinations and a partnership of 12 organisations, celebrates the efforts of established and emerging tourism destinations for responsible and sustainable tourism.

Stuart Park, Lead Sustainability Assessor for Green Tourism, said "County Down has put an emphasis on more sustainable options through outstanding walking and cycling routes ... unique local food and drink, rich wildlife, history and culture. Supporting this ... effective waste management practices, low carbon travel options as well as excellent visitor experiences and green accommodation providers."

"It was clear that an effort was being made to reduce the impacts of the destination while enhancing the visitor experience"

"It is no surprise that this has helped increase tourism to County Down, while the region is now attracting some world-class sporting events as well as location filming for prestigious TV and cinema productions. “  

Mayor of Ards and North Down Borough Council Cllr Richard Smart stated: “At a time when consumer awareness of sustainability has never been so strong, the region has proven itself through rigorous assessment to be a leading sustainable destination

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