Monterey County, United States

Organisation: Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Contact: Jeniffer Kocher
Year: 2018

GDS-Index Category Breakdown

Category Total
Environmental Performance 45%
Social Performance 64%
Supplier Performance 48%
Destination Management Performance 57%

Destination Highlights

Hectares of green area per 100 000 population


Monterey County's overall environmental sustainability fares well. There are nearly two million acres of open space within our parks and preserves and a 19-mile recreation trail for pedestrians and cyclists. The region's fine particulate matters trends less than 10 ug/m3 which signifies very good air quality. Monterey's waste management district was on of the firs to develop a gas-to-electricity energy plant in the country and the first in the the state to develop and pilot an Anaerobic Digestor specifically for commercially generated food scraps and mulch from yard waste.

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

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

The MCCVB Regional Sales Executives incorporate sustainability information and practices when selling the destination. The MCCVB has a Corporate Social Responsibility program that connects meeting and event planners with local organizations where they can particpate in a beach clean up or gleaning. Often times, organizations such as Monterey County Hospitality Association and Sustainable Communities of Monterey County will ask representatives of the CVB to speak as ambassadors for the industry at local training forums for front line staff, students at local colleges and universities, as well the public. The President and CEO is often asked to keynote and sit on panels regarding sustainable tourism as programs such as Destinations Interntional and IMEX Frankfurt. Upcoming are the IMPACT Sustainable Travel & Tourism Conference and California State University Monterey Bay's Sustainable Hospitality Development Summit.

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

The Sustainable Moments initiative is the platform for the development and implementation of programs that educate visitors on safety, local ordinances, environmental stewardship, and responsible tourism. Responsible travel minimizes negative impacts and preserves the cultural and natural resources of the destination while providing a great source of economic impact to benefit the community. The MCCVB maintains close working relationships with local and state agencies, government officials and other organizations that share the same messaging of sustainability, safety, education and economic development. The MCCVB is pioneering the way with UNTWO affiliate Positive Impact to lead the meeting and event industry to remove plastic waste from meetings and events.

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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