Several new global locations have joined the Sustainable Destination Leadership Network (SDLN), which aims to drive sustainable tourism development.
Since the SDLN launched at last year’s WTM it has welcomed four new partner destinations: Los Lagos in Chile, the Mara Naboisho Conservancy in Kenya, the Spanish island of Lanzarote, and the Namibia Ministry of Environment & Tourism. These new partners join SDLN’s founding destinations in Norway, China, St Kitts & Nevis, and the US state of Oregon.
“Lanzarote has demonstrated a commitment to sustainable destination management in numerous ways, and the Sustainable Destination Leadership Network is the natural next step,” explained Héctor Fernández, managing director of Turismo Lanzarote.
“We look forward to sharing experiences and best practice with other destinations, and are enthusiastic about working together to create a more sustainable future.”
The SDLN, which is attending this week’s ITB event, says its aim is to “facilitate peer learning and information exchange”, to encourage destinations to develop more sustainable policies and strategies.