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Gent 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
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Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
Gent is a compact but ambitious city in Flanders, which embraces the future whilst cherishing its past. Sustainable Development Goals are embedded in our organization. In 2018 Gent gained both the SDG Award on Communication by the UN and the Fair & Ethical Trade Award of the European Commission. Our tourism policy continuously seeks to allow smart growth by spreading tourism in time and space and by enhancing tourism experience. We try to attract the right tourist to the right place at the right moment. Hence growth is not a goal in itself, but a result of adding urbanity to the city. We believe that tourism growth as an outcome of more Gent does not harm the carrying capacity of the built environment nor of the inhabitants.
Gent city boasts a car free zone of 51 ha in the center of town and coincides with one of the tourism policy areas too. The circulation plan introduced in 2017 realized a modal shift from car to walking, cycling and public transport. In 2020, a low emission zone will cover the inner city. This will further enhance the quality of air and urban life, and increase the tourist experience in the city.
Two of the three purpose built meeting and convention centers in Gent are green key certified. The 'Gentse Feesten', our ten day free cultural street festival, introduced the re-usable drinking cup. This prevents us to throw away 1.6 million plastic cups.
A progressive city at heart, Gent city council runs several programs combatting unemployment, social exclusion, poverty or housing shortage. It stimulates social and economic integration of all its inhabitants, by several actions promoting inclusion and inclusiveness.
Summary
Gent is a compact but ambitious city in Flanders, which embraces the future whilst cherishing its past. Sustainable Development Goals are embedded in our organization. In 2018 Gent gained both the SDG Award on Communication by the UN and the Fair & Ethical Trade Award of the European Commission. Our tourism policy continuously seeks to allow smart growth by spreading tourism in time and space and by enhancing tourism experience. We try to attract the right tourist to the right place at the right moment. Hence growth is not a goal in itself, but a result of adding urbanity to the city. We believe that tourism growth as an outcome of more Gent does not harm the carrying capacity of the built environment nor of the inhabitants.
Does Visit Ghent have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Gent have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Visit Ghent report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Gent city boasts a car free zone of 51 ha in the center of town and coincides with one of the tourism policy areas too. The circulation plan introduced in 2017 realized a modal shift from car to walking, cycling and public transport. In 2020, a low emission zone will cover the inner city. This will further enhance the quality of air and urban life, and increase the tourist experience in the city.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
3888 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
Two of the three purpose built meeting and convention centers in Gent are green key certified. The 'Gentse Feesten', our ten day free cultural street festival, introduced the re-usable drinking cup. This prevents us to throw away 1.6 million plastic cups.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
Social
A progressive city at heart, Gent city council runs several programs combatting unemployment, social exclusion, poverty or housing shortage. It stimulates social and economic integration of all its inhabitants, by several actions promoting inclusion and inclusiveness.
79
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
87
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
75
SCORE ON CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX
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About the Global Destination Sustainability Movement

The Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDSM) brings together the sustainability pioneers of the business and leisure tourism world, working with destinations to co-create their tourism and events strategies, benchmark and improve their sustainability performance and transform value chains in order to catalyse regeneration.

Our purpose is to engage, inspire and enable the business events and tourism industry to become more sustainable and regenerative.

 

Our Methodology

The GDS-Index uses 69 indicators that evaluate destinations sustainability performance across four key areas. If you are interested, you can read our benchmarking methodology in detail here.

City Environmental
Performance

Sustainability Strategy

Energy and Emissions

Resources

Air Quality

Transportation

Green Areas

Water

City Social
Performance

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Social Progress

Corruption

Personal Safety

Access to Information

Health and Wellness

Inclusiveness

Supplier
Performance

Hotels

Airport

Agencies (PCOs & DMCs)

Restaurants

Venues

Academia

Destination
Management
Performance

Destination Strategy

Policy and Certification

Governance

Capacity Building

Measurement and Reports

Marketing and Comms

Client Support

Accessibility

Generating Impact

Ownership

The GDS­M is not owned by any one organisation. It is operated as a multi-­stakeholder partnership founded and endorsed by IMEX, MCI, the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and European Cities Marketing. Gubi Consulting and Guy Bigwood is responsible for the management of the Secretariat.

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