Middelfart - Winner 2022
Linking Jutland and Funen, the town of Middelfart with a population of 15,000 stands as a proud historic link between two of the many islands of Denmark. Situated on the banks of the Little Belt, Middelfart remains a historic and culturally important destination in Denmark and Europe.
Focusing on sustainable tourism, Middelfart is carving out a new reputation not only bridging Danish cultural history but pioneering sustainability in Europe. Middelfart is developing collaborative synergy across the board by prioritising water quality, climate protection and sustainability, benefiting residents, urban development, the economy and visitors.
With joint learning and development at the heart of the strategy, Middelfart invites all stakeholders and businesses to undergo sustainable transformation together. By creating awareness, Middelfart ensures a broad transfer of knowledge on sustainable tourism.
Measures for flora and fauna in wildlife environments enable a secure and unique experience for visitors while also safeguarding the attraction. To maintain this attractive environment, Middelfart offers a wide range of climate-related education for all stakeholders, interested parties and tourists.
Thisted - Finalist 2022
Situated in the beautiful north of Denmark, surrounded by the National Park Thy and the famous Limfjord sits the town of Thisted. With a population of 13,000, Thisted is the administrative and political centre of the municipality of Thisted in the northwest of Jutland.
Thisted stands out because of its commitment to renewable energy and the locality, making it a sustainable place to live and visit. From being self-sufficient in renewable electricity, including wind and wave energy, to sustainable waste management, Thisted is fast becoming a trend-setting European destination for sustainable tourism done right.
Thisted attracts an array of external expertise and investment by cultivating a culture that sees energy and tourism as developing symbiotic assets. Here, the population can directly benefit from sustainable tourism through a continuous collaborative approach between the destination's public and private stakeholders.
When coming to Thisted, the tourism experience is as varied as it is sustainable. With synergy between both components, Thisted constantly evolves its destination products and renewable energy opportunities.