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:
- 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.
- 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.
- For an events industry specific analysis, the GDS-Index evaluates the sustainable practices of industry suppliers such as hotels, caterers and venues.
- 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:
- Category leader: Most improved award
- 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.
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.