Bergen, Norway

Organisation: Bergen Tourist Board/Bergen Convention Bureau
Contact: Rønnaug Nymark
Year: 2018

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 76%
Social Performance 79%
Supplier Performance 86%
Destination Management Performance 34%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


Bergen is located in the western part of Norway and is the second largest city in Norway, a World Heritage City often called the Gateway to the Fjords of Norway. Being surrounded by seven mountains makes the city a strikingly attractive and intimate destination. These mountains are used as a recreation area for the inhabitants and visitors. An important asset for Bergen in both summer and winter, activities include hiking, biking or just relaxing. Two of the mountains are reachable by funicular or cable car. Everything in Bergen is walking distance, but the public transport system is well developed including buses, railways and trolley buses, and city bikes. Electric car charging stations are also available throughout the city.

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

With a good healthcare system, low unemployment, high education and low crime rates, Bergen is on the top ten list for being corruption-free. Women have equal rights as men and are also well-represented in leading positions throughout the country.

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

Bergen is regarded as an international congress city that hosts several major conferences every year. The city has 45 hotels with 15,000 beds and every type of conference facility that one could wish for. Bergen has four Conference and Convention Centres, and all of them are eco-labeled. The added attraction for the city is the nature based activities and excursions that the Fjord area can offer.

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

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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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