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Glasgow 'most improved' events city for sustainability, index shows

'People Make Glasgow Greener' campaign cited for driving excellence
21/11/2017

Pictured: Glasgow's ability to bridge sustainability between sectors is key to it's success

Glasgow has been ranked the most improved events city in the world for sustainability by the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

The second annual ranking of the sustainability performance of 40 meeting and events cities worldwide was topped by Gothenburg, which also won the Innovation Award for its pioneering app that facilitates greater accessibility for events.

Glasgow was ranked 4th in the world, the highest ranked city outside Scandinavia. The Scottish city also picked up the Most Improved Award for its achievement in engaging stakeholders through the “People Make Glasgow Greener” campaign and for driving sustainability performance in the last year.

The top 10 

1. Gothenburg                


2. Oslo


3. Copenhagen & Reykjavik


4. Glasgow                      


5. Stuttgart                      


6. Helsinki


7. Uppsala


8. Zurich            


9. Malmö          


10. Västerås

Aileen Crawford, head of conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for the city which would not have been possible without the collaboration between the city’s tourism and hospitality sectors, academic and business communities, and local government partners. It’s hugely motivating to see our efforts in this area being recognised.

“Glasgow is working towards becoming one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020 and in order to maintain our position as one of the world’s premier conference destinations we recognise the importance of enhancing our sustainable business tourism offering. Glasgow is at the forefront of developments in the energy, sustainability and low carbon industries and in turn, this has had a hugely positive impact on the volume of conferences we’re attracting in these sectors.”

Destinations with a sustainability strategy for the events sector increased by 25 per cent and average convention bureau sustainability performance rose by 11 per cent, with destinations such as Oslo, Aarhus and Malmö increasing their overall performance by more than 20 per cent.

Five new cities joined the GDS-Index in 2017: Brussels, Goyang, Dublin, Lausanne-Montreux and Prague.


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