This area in Stockholm is one of the first metropolitan destinations to be awarded the Green Destinations Platinum Award.
Royal Djurgården fulfils 94 per cent of the around 100 sustainability criteria set by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, GSTC. Royal Djurgården is, together with Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana, the two first metropolitan destinations in the world to receive the sustainability award Green Destinations Platinum Award.
– Being an important part of the vibrant Swedish capital, Royal Djurgården offers nature, culture, recreation, and entertainment to over 15 million visitors annually. We want to lead the way for more sustainable tourism and a sustainable Stockholm. Therefore, we are very proud to have received this award”, said Camilla Zedendahl, CEO of the Royal Djurgården Society, in a press release.
Four focus areas
The Green Destinations Award is presented to destinations that work with sustainability issues and meet various criteria in sustainable management, animals and nature, environment and climate, culture and tradition, social sustainability, and hospitality. The criteria are based on the 17 global sustainability goals the UN has set within the Agenda 2030.
A wish to connect the Swedish cultural heritage with future ambitions for a sustainable city and a sustainable tourism industry drives the work at Royal Djurgården. The development is done in broad cooperation within the destination and with Visit Stockholm and Visit Sweden. Long-term goals within four focus areas guide the work: fossil-free and traffic-smart, sustainable food culture, being open, accessible, and welcoming and being an ever-ongoing world exhibition for sustainability.
– The city of Stockholm is very proud that Royal Djurgården has been awarded the Green Destinations Platinum Award. Behind this lies knowledge, persistence and courage, and they inspire us all, says Caroline Strand, CEO of Visit Stockholm.
Stockholm Royal Seaport
A part of Royal Djurgården is Stockholm Royal Seaport, Norra Djurgårdsstaden. It is Sweden’s largest urban development area, with plans for at least 12 000 new homes and 35 000 workplaces.
Smart City Sweden arranges study visits to The Stockholm Royal Seaport, where delegations can visit and explore some of Stockholm’s urban development projects. The projects offer various types of urban challenges and solutions and are based on the City of Stockholm’s vision of developing a sustainable city for all.
In 2022 Smart City Sweden organised a program for an economic delegation with two Geneva Chambers of commerce (CCIG and APRES-GE). The delegation with 25 high-level Geneva entrepreneurs was led by Geneva State Counsellor for Economy, Ms Fabienne Fischer. The main sectors of interest for the delegation were energy, digitalisation and mobility.
In 2022 Smart City Sweden also welcomed The Province and Municipality Groningen, which visited Sweden and Scandinavia on a governmental innovation mission to provide opportunities for knowledge exchange and to explore areas of potential cooperation. The delegation visited Swedish partners and the Dutch Embassy for discussions around energy and mobility.
Facts about the Green Destinations Award
The award was presented at the Green Destinations 2022 Future of Tourism Summit in Athens on September 27. There are four award levels – bronze, silver, gold and platinum – depending on the percentage of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council’s sustainability criteria the destinations meet.
Facts about Royal Djurgården
Royal Djurgården is located in the middle of Sweden’s capital Stockholm, built on royal ground and part of the world’s first National City Park. The destination gathers around 60 attractions in the tourism industry, including over thirty restaurants, 22 museums, an amusement park, several gardens, music and theatre scenes. Annually, approximately 15 million people visit Royal Djurgården. Read more about sustainable development in the area https://sustainable.royaldjurgarden.se/en/home-en/