The application period for EDEN 2022 is now closed. All received applications are evaluated by a panel of independent experts.
The European Destinations of Excellence (EDEN) initiative rewards and promotes sustainable tourism practices in smaller tourist destinations.
Since 2007, the European Commission has supported EU countries in rewarding non-traditional, emerging sustainable tourism destinations in Europe through the EDEN award. The initiative aimed to foster sustainable tourism destination management models across Europe by selecting and promoting EDEN destinations.
The EU Green Deal, our commitment to a climate-neutral Europe by 2050, and the focus on circular economies, will drive changes in the tourism industry. The ecosystem will need to change how it operates, including how destinations are managed, to deliver sustainable and quality experience to visitors.
We modified EDEN for position winning destinations to stand out as tourism sustainability pioneers, committed to European Green Deal objectives and seeking to inspire other European tourism destinations in their green transition practices.
The EDEN initiative aims to
Each year, the EDEN competition will name one ‘European Destination of Excellence’, an accolade that will signal a destination’s forward-thinking approach and identify them as a sustainable tourism pioneer.
Destinations in EU countries and COSME countries with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 inhabitants are eligible to apply.
Applications for the new EDEN 2022 competition are now under evaluation.
See our Apply for EDEN 2022 page for more details.
Small, sustainable, the future of tourism: European Destination of Excellence.
European Destinations of Excellence Secretariat
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DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs