Glasgow wins two first places in global tourism awards and comes 4th out of 50!

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The Global Destination Sustainability Index awards for 2017 placed Glasgow up three places in the index and with a 16% increase in its overall score since last year.  These awards are based on the attractiveness of the city in terms of its sustainable business tourism. The GDS-index methodology: measures and compares the social and environmental sustainability strategies, policies and performance of the participating destinations.’

Placing on the index depends on performance measured by these four criteria:

  1. A key element of the GDS-Index is to determine a destination’s environmental performance. We do this by examining aspects like a destinations air quality, their use of renewable energy sources and the performance of their public transport and waste disposal infrastructure.
  2. In a holistic approach to sustainability, the GDS-Index factors in the social performance of a destination, including elements such as the city’s United Nations Human Development Index (HDI) score and ranking in global corruption indices.
  3. For an events industry specific analysis, the GDS-Index evaluates the sustainable practices of industry suppliers such as hotels, caterers and venues.
  4. The role Convention Bureaux play in the sustainability performance of their destination is central to GDS-Index benchmarking. Convention Bureau performance is based on their sustainability strategy and reporting, the client support offered and their role in promoting sustainability in the industry.

In addition to its overall improvement, Glasgow won two first place awards:

  1. Category leader: Most improved award
  2. Category leader: Convention bureau performance

Evidence of the city’s development can also be seen in the fact that, in 2016/17, in a best-ever performance, Glasgow won more than 500 new international and UK conferences worth a total of £142m.

http://gds-index.com/about/

Dear green place? Well not too dear, we hope.

Footnote: I’ve been round and round the website but I can’t find an league table of global cities to find Glasgow’s actual position on it.

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8 thoughts on “Glasgow wins two first places in global tourism awards and comes 4th out of 50!

  1. Ann Forbes November 17, 2017 / 4:00 pm

    Taken from GDS Index just now .

    59%SUPPLIER PERFORMANCE
    50%CONVENTION BUREAU PERFORMANCE
    GDS-Index Destination Rankings

    GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN1
    OSLO, NORWAY2
    COPENHAGEN, DENMARK3
    REYKJAVIK, ICELAND3
    GLASGOW, SCOTLAND4
    STUTTGART, GERMANY5
    HELSINKI, FINLAND6
    UPPSALA, SWEDEN7
    ZüRICH, SWITZERLAND8
    MALMö, SWEDEN9
    VäSTERåS, SWEDEN10
    JöNKöPING, SWEDEN11
    STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN11
    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA12
    BRUSSELS, BELGIUM13
    ESPOO, FINLAND14
    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA15
    TAMPERE, FINLAND15
    BARCELONA, SPAIN16
    KARLSTAD, SWEDEN17
    SAPPORO, JAPAN18
    KYOTO, JAPAN19
    NANTES, FRANCE19
    FRANKFURT (2016), GERMANY20
    AALBORG, DENMARK21
    AARHUS, DENMARK21
    BERGEN, NORWAY22
    ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS22
    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND23
    TROLLHäTTAN, SWEDEN23
    THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS24
    HOUSTON, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA25
    TURKU, FINLAND26
    DUBLIN, IRELAND27
    CAPE TOWN (2016), SOUTH AFRICA28
    GOYANG, SOUTH KOREA28
    DURBAN KWAZULU-NATAL (2016), SOUTH AFRICA29
    CITY OF TSHWANE (PRETORIA 2016), SOUTH AFRICA30

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      • John November 18, 2017 / 11:52 am

        Wonderful , up there with the best !

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  2. Clydebuilt November 18, 2017 / 9:20 am

    O/T Apologies. . . .

    On Radio Shortbread, Irish Journalist, ” the Irish Government are being very careful to ensure that whatever agreement is arrived at between Ireland and the UK can’t be seen as a precedent for an Independent Scotland’s border with RUK” . . . . . So why can’t this border arrangement deal be seen as a precedent for Scotland. . . . For no reason other than They are going to say it can’t.

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    • John November 18, 2017 / 12:00 pm

      Ireland are frightened to rock the boat for themselves , they don’t want to be seen supporting Scotland having a different deal than the rest of the UK on Brexit .

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      • Clydebuilt November 18, 2017 / 2:47 pm

        Exactly John.

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