The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) is the first-ever sustainability ranking for event destinations worldwide, created specifically to help destinations, event planners and suppliers to evaluate the sustainability strategies of destinations and their events industry. Launched in March 2016 by IMEX, ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) and MCI, the Index aims to drive the adoption, promotion and recognition of sustainable practices in business tourism in our cities.
How does it work? In addition to measuring and benchmarking a city’s environmental strategy and social sustainability performance, the GDS-Index also assesses criteria that are MICE industry-specific: industry supplier support (restaurants, hotels and convention centers) and convention bureau strategy and initiatives. Participants are then provided with feedback and information to help them develop and improve their destination’s event sustainability strategy. Since March, over 35 cities in 5 continents including Barcelona, Copenhagen, the Hague, Houston, Geneva, Gothenburg, Frankfurt, Kyoto, Macau, Nantes, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Sydney have started the process of benchmarking and assessment. The goal is to have 100 cities collaborating together by 2020, and we can’t wait to see the results!