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The GDS-Movement empowers destinations with the mindsets, strategies, and skill sets to create regenerative places to visit, meet, and live in. We envision responsible and regenerative tourism that creates thriving destinations for all.

What do we do?

We work with pioneering municipalities, national/regional destination management organisations, and convention bureaux, to co-create their tourism and events strategies, benchmark, and improve their sustainability performance, and transform their value chains in order to catalyse regeneration.

GDS-Index
GDS-Consulting
GDS-Forum
GDS-Academy
GDS-Insights
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Latest Insights
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Changemaker Check-in: Leading the Future, with Bella Shahsuvaryan
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Press Release: 2022 Global Destination Sustainability Index and Awards announcement
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Snapshot: the 2022 Global Destination Sustainability Index Results in brief
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Eye-opening projects from the 2022 GDS-Movement Innovation Award’s Top 5 Finalists
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Explore the Customised, In-House Impact Strategy and Measurement Masterclass
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Discover the Tailored, In-House Storytelling and Communication Strategies for Regeneration Masterclass
“The GDSM is a fantastic initiative that motivates and inspires our destination and stakeholders to engage in sustainable practices. It is a movement that meets destinations where they are and manages to consider the uniqueness and different prerequisites of the cities, its surroundings and its tourism operators. Besides that, it has given us a platform to monitor our progress and a place to showcase our successes and our position in the market in terms of sustainable tourism management.”
Victoria Barton - Project Manager, VisitAalborg
The GDSM is an inspiring gathering of destinations, driven by the same strong desire to become more sustainable. This powerful network of determined, highly-qualified professionals, helps us build a greener global industry. The benchmarking platform is an efficient tool to identify a destination's strength and its weaknesses, and improve its actions for the years to come.
Amélie Déchénais - Convention Bureau Manager, Bordeaux
The GDS-Index is a unique example of how collaboration, including the sharing of best practices and expertise, can improve performance of destinations for the benefit of both our clients and local communities. It has provided us with opportunities and inspiration that has helped position Copenhagen as a leader in sustainable practices.
Kit Lykketoft - Director of Convention, Copenhagen