Aalborg, Denmark

Organisation: Visit Aalborg 
Contact: Inge Krogh Larson
Year: 2018

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 76%
Social Performance 79%
Supplier Performance 71%
Destination Management Performance 46%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


Every year Aalborg holds a sustainability festival week where the city and the municipality invite everyone to showcase their sustainable projects in the city and surrounding area. The city of Aalborg has had sustainability on the agenda for many years with the “Aalborg Charter”, and continues to push its development towards a more sustainable future. The ‘Aalborg Charter’ (1994) is an urban environment sustainability initiative approved by the participants at the first European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns in Aalborg, Denmark. It is inspired by the Rio Earth Summit’s Local Agenda 21 plan, and was developed to contribute to the European Union’s Environmental Action Programme, ‘Towards Sustainability’. The Charter is based on the consensus of individuals, municipalities, NGOs, national and international organisations, and scientific bodies. More than 3000 local authorities from more than 40 countries have signed the Charter. This has resulted in the largest European movement of its type.

Energy sourced from renewables
City traffic congestion level
Waste sent to landfill

Apart from the environmental aspect, Aalborg is the happiest city in the EU (2016) and a city in a country listed in the absolute top of rankings such as least corrupt country/ most prosperous country/ most peaceful country/ and best country for women.

Corruption Perception ranking
World Bank Inequality Index Score (Lower score represents lower inequality)
Gender Inequality Index ranking

From the very beginning, VisitAalborg CVB has been a supporter and a part of the development of the ICCA Scandinavian Sustainability Index, now extended to the Global Sustainability Destination Index. 64% of all hotel capacity in Aalborg holds an official eco-certification, and the largest conference venue of the city Aalborg Congress & Culture Center has obtained an official ISO 20121 certification in 2017! VisitAalborg CVB also provides information for clients on how to host a sustainable meeting in Aalborg and North Denmark.

City's hotels easily accessible by public transport to/from congress and exhibition centres
PCOs and DMCs have a written sustainability policy
Exhibition centres have sustainability certification

Visit Aalborg CVB can provide information and assistance on how to host a sustainable meeting and we are able to direct our clients to professional consultants in this area should our clients have a desire in achieving an eco-certification of their meeting or event.

Yes No
Has the CVB established and is implementing a destination sustainability strategy?
Does the destination regularly measure and report on sustainable destination progress?
Does the CVB support or lead local sustainability training for cities MICE industry?
Does the CVB support or local authorities provide incentives or funding for organisations wanting to gain sustainability certification or issue a sustainability reports
Does the CVB provide free or subsidized public transport passes for major conventions?
Does CVB/DMO provide clients with ideas and resources to support the local community?

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