PAPHOS has been included in a world list of the top one hundred green and sustainable destinations, according to tourism officials.
Head of the Paphos regional board of tourism, Nasos Hadjigeorgiou, said that he was delighted that Paphos had excelled above other candidates of worldwide destinations as one of the Top 100 sustainable destinations.
“Paphos has been rewarded for its efforts in responsible and sustainable tourism initiatives which promote sustainability for the benefit of visitors, residents and society,” he said.
The awards celebrate the efforts of tourism destinations ‘responsible and sustainable tourism initiatives.’
The list is the result of an open call where destinations could be nominated.
The awards said in a release that: “Nominators had to provide extensive information on the destination and on its efforts to make itself and its stakeholders more sustainable for the benefit of visitors, its local communities and the world.”
Information had to be provided about the extent the destination complies with the 15 key criteria of the Green Destinations Standard model. Over 150 nominations were received. All nominations were evaluated by experts of the Green Destinations Top 100 Team and by members of the special Top 100 Selection panel that included 60 tourism sustainability experts.
The Sustainable Destinations Top 100 was unveiled 27 October 2016 on World Tourism Day and Green Destinations Day in Slovenia.
The tourism head said that: “The Top 100 is intended to identify tourist destinations who have methodically worked to make a difference and to take viability seriously.”
He added that the district has so much to offer: “It’s great that Paphos has received another European award and as a Green Destination.”
Paphos also holds a gold medal for the quality of Quality coast 2016-2017 coastline and has more than 20% of the Blue Flag beaches in Cyprus.
Paphos is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and will hold the prestigious Cultural Capital title for 2017.Apart from its ancient ruins, monuments and archaeological sites, the district offers many activities such as bird watching, climbing, walking trails, adventure sports, festivals, wine tours and guided excursions to rural areas and traditional villages.
“The upgrading and beautification projects for ‘Pafos2017’, pave the way for a dynamic and a promising path for Paphos with greater success and growth in the coming years.”