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The GDS-Index: 2017 – A year in Review

20 November 2017

This year has been declared International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development by the UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organization) and 2017 was indeed a good year for the GDS-Index. We have witnessed improvements from most of the participating destinations and some destinations have truly…

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The Road to Eco-Certification for Destinations

01 November 2017

  Why Eco-Certification?   In a market where many are proclaiming their sustainability credentials, audited and recognised eco-certifications assure customers that products and services are backed by a strong, well-managed commitment to sustainable practices. In a nutshell, they set certain standards on sustainable management, and…

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Aarhus 2018 focuses on waste management at sea

26 October 2017

Next year, Aarhus will host the 2018 Sailing World Championships (The Worlds). We talk a lot about sustainability on land, but what about all those events that occur over water or at sea? Using this experience, Aarhus has shared with us what they are doing to…

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Glasgow becomes first convention bureau to receive Green Tourism Award

23 October 2017

Glasgow Convention Bureau wins ‘Silver’ Green Tourism Award!   Glasgow Convention Bureau has become the first ever convention bureau to win a Green Tourism Award, the world’s largest certification programme of its kind.   The go to standard for sustainable tourism, Green Tourism assesses businesses…

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Kyoto – Merging culture with sustainability

10 October 2017

Kyoto is commonly known for being the scenic old capital of Japan and of course, for housing the headquarters of multinational video game company Nintendo. Not only that, but it is also considered a pioneering city in sustainability. After all, its name is synonymous with…

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Destination Jönköping achieves third-party sustainability certification in 2017 

11 September 2017

Destination Jönköping achieved the Svensk Miljöbas (Swedish Environmental Base) certification in June this year.   The Svensk Miljöbas (Swedish Environmental Base) is an association formed with the aim to create a united base/level of demands for different types of environmental certifications in Sweden. The national environmental mangagement…

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Dublin joins GDS-Index as first Destination from Ireland!

08 September 2017

Dublin is set to take part in the Global Destination Sustainability-Index as the first representative from Ireland.   Highlighting why Dublin has chosen to be included on the GDS Index, Sam Johnston, Manager of Fáilte Ireland’s Dublin Convention Bureau emphasized – “Sustainability is a hot…

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