en
Global Destination Sustainability Index
2019
Summary
Insights
Ranking and results
Executive summary

The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) is a destination level programme that measures, benchmarks and improves the sustainability strategy and performance of meetings, events and business tourism destinations.

We evaluate four key areas that we believe are vital to the sustainability performance of a destination: city’s environmental strategy and infrastructure; city’s social sustainability performance; industry supplier support; and the destination management organisation’s strategy and initiatives.

In 2019, Gothenburg came top of the list of cities in the GDS-Index for the fourth year running. With a score of 89.64 out of a possible 100 points, and with a 7% improvement from last year, Gothenburg received the 2019 GDS-Index Leadership Award.

The results demonstrate that DMOs are in action on sustainability with a 12% increase in terms of overall performance compared to 2018. New destinations who advanced into the top 10 included Aalborg and Dublin, with significant jumps in performance for Glasgow, Sydney and Zurich.

 

 


Guy Bigwood, Managing Director of the GDS-Index stated that: “This year’s results provide positive signs of a global shift in how Destination Management Organisations integrate sustainability into their strategy, value proposal, stewardship and reporting activities. The results also highlight the need for DMOs to get much better at developing an inspiring vision of change, engaging their stakeholders and managing resources to implement and measure social impact for their communities and visitors.”


Overall
Environment
Society
Supplier
Destination Management

1. Gothenburg

90%

2. Copenhagen

88%

3. Zurich

85%

4. Glasgow

78%

5. Aalborg

76%

6. Reykjavik

76%

1. Copenhagen

87%

2. Zurich

87%

3. Oslo

85%

4. Reykjavik

85%

5. Bergen

85%

6. Uppsala

84%

1. Copenhagen

94%

2. Uppsala

94%

3. Malmö

94%

4. Espoo

94%

5. Stockholm

94%

6. Copenhagen

91%

1. Gothenburg

100%

2. Copenhagen

95%

3. Uppsala

85%

4. Zurich

80%

5. Stockholm

80%

6. Glasgow

78%

1. Gothenburg

94%

2. Copenhagen

83%

3. Zurich

82%

4. Glasgow

78%

5. Sydney

77%

6. Melbourne

75%

Insights
Ranking and Results

Please use the filters below, to rank destinations using different metrics. This will also allow you to see which scores destinations received in different categories (if you filter by category).
To view more detailed reports on each individual destination, you can click on the destination of your choice.

City size
Any size
Any size
Small city
Medium city
Large city
Metropolis
Megacity
Category
Any category
Any category
DMO
Environmental
Social
Supplier
Region
Any region
Any region
Western Europe
North America
Nordic
Eastern Europe
Asia Pacific
Sort by % Improvement
Filter
Clear filter