The Index, which has released its first-ever ranking of the sustainability performance, charted 35 participating cities worldwide, with the Leadership Award going to Gothenburg for attaining the highest overall score of 83%. Glasgow was the only UK city to make it into the top 10, with a rating of 64%.
Global Desination Sustainability Index top 10:
2.) Copenhagen & Reykjavik
7.) Glasgow & Tampere
8.) Stocjhlm & Vasteras
10.) Frankfurt, Karlstad, Sapporo & Syndey.
The GDS-Index is a collaborative platform that aims to promote the sustainable growth of international meeting destinations through benchmarking across four key areas: city environmental strategy and infrastructure; city social sustainability performance; industry supplier support (restaurants, hotels and convention centres); and Convention Bureau strategy and initiatives.
Launched by MCI, IMEX and ICCA in March 2016, 35 cities across five continents have since joined the process of benchmarking and assessment.
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