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    The 2019 benchmarking
    results are live
    Following weeks of evaluating data,
    the GDS-Index is delighted to announce that the
    2019 results have now been made public.
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    The 2019 award winners
    The best performing, most improved,
    and most innovative destinations have been
    celebrated with the GDS-Index Awards at ICCA 2019.
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    We are pleased to welcome the most
    recent addition to the GDS-Index Family :
    ...and with it five new cities: Mechelen,
    Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, and Bruges
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    The revolution is here,
    where are you?
    Join over 50 cities in the leading sustainability
    benchmarking & improvement programme
    for meetings & events destinations
    around the world.
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    Join a network of
    over 50 leading cities
    Who are fixing our future
    Join over 50 cities in the leading sustainability
    benchmarking & improvement programme
    for meetings & events destinations
    around the world.
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    Creating better
    places to live,
    meet & thrive in.
    Sustainable Destination,
    Management Trends,
    Best Practices and Insights.

What is the GDS-Index?

The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) is the leading sustainability benchmarking and improvement programme for meetings and events destinations around the world.

The mission of the programme is to engage, inspire and enable destinations to to become more sustainable places to visit, meet and thrive in.

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We provide an Index of global destinations that event organisers can use to assess event destinations and gain information that helps them to make their events and meetings more sustainable and impactful.

What is a

Sustainable Destination?

Sustainable Destinations are places that have achieved long term equity for people and planet by recognising the systemic and dynamic nature of change.

They actively account for the current and future economic, social and environmental impacts of their events and tourism industry, while engaging and listening to the needs of the host communities, the environment, visitors, and the industry.

They have collaboratively developed a long-term and regenerative vision, and take the lead as stewards and catalysts in making a better place to visit, meet, and thrive in.

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Our Blog

A few of our latest blogs below. Stay up to date and follow our blog for all our latest news.

Stepping Up for Society

Supporting destinations to improve sustainability performance is the mantra of the GDS-Index. Whether via the Index framework itself, consulting services, online education (GDS-Academy) or an online forum…

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The Regenerative Event Checklist

You can download the Regenerative Event Checklist here.   As lockdown measures begin to loosen in Europe, life is slowly starting to resemble a more familiar past. However, there are notable differences,…

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Feeling the Pulse: Ireland

What are going to be the destinations’ priorities in the coming months? How can they support one another during this global crisis? How are they dealing with the impact of Covid-19? The purpose…

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The GDS-Index helps destinations to engage clients around sustainability, align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals and drive the adoption, promotion and recognition of sustainable practices in their city.

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GDS-Index Destinations

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Kyoto Japan

Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Since its founding 1,200 years ago as Japan’s first permanent capital, Kyoto has…
The Hague
The Hague The Netherlands

The Hague Convention Bureau 

    The Hague aims to be climate neutral by 2040, 10 years before ahead of the goal…
Stockholm Sweden

Visit Stockholm 

    Stockholm was the first-ever city to be designated European Green Capital by the…
Antwerp Belgium

Visit Antwerp


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