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    [contact_name] => Pia
    [contact_surname] => Schildknecht Taylor
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    [environmental_description] => Horsens has high ambitions to become carbon neutral capital city in 2030. 
As of June 2023, 74% of the munipality’s hotel rooms have a third-party sustainability certification, with many more rooms currently under construction expected to become certified next year. 
Horsens Municipality is also known for its nature and outdoor opportunitets, where soft mobility is highlighted, and preferred by many citizens and tourists. 1,34 km of bicycle path per citizen. Just 2,6% of solid waste in Horsens is disposed of in landfills, while 76% of the city’s waste is recycled. Additionally, the city has low levels of particulate matter in the city’s air, at just 8 ug/m3 for PM2.5 and  16 ug/m3 for PM10.
    [social_description] => Horsens as a the 8th largest city in a country that is listed in the absolute top of several rankings. For instance, Denmark is ranked as the least corrupt country in the world accordingly to the transparency corruption perception index 2019 (tied for first place with New Zealand). Denmark has also managed to rank top 2 according to The World Happiness Report 2019, rank 2 in the Gender Inequality Index 2018 and is the number 1 most gay-friendly place on the planet according to Lonely Planet (2019). Additionally, Denmark is ranked as the most prosperous country according to the Legatum Prosperity Index 2019 and amongst the top 5 most peaceful countries according to the Global Peace Index 2019 (GPI). In Denmark we have high level of welfare and healthcare. For instance Danes don't pay for hospital or education, and even at university level, there is no tuition fee. In fact every Danish student receives around 900$ per month from the state.
    [supplier_description] => Horsens is the perfect meeting place in the middle of Denmark. Horsens has a long history as an industrial powerhouse which you can still feel in the vibe of the city. Today Horsens is the home of many exciting companies and stories that can be used actively as part of your meetings and events in Horsens. The city is also widely famous for concerts with international artist. 
In Horsens Municipality you can explore the possibilities of creating wholly unique experiences for your next meeting, seminar or conference.s. A majority of our suppliers have placed sustainability at the forefront of their business. Thus, 76 % of the hotel rooms and 50% of the city’s venues are currently certified with a 3rd party certification.
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In the city of Horsens, you clearly sense its past as a prison and industrial city. You find award-winning museums, a newly refurbished centre with lots of shopping opportunities, surprising gable paintings in the cityscape, a very special creative urge, and nature experiences in the near vicinity of the city. 
Horsens aims to become carbon neutral in 2030, and a municipality, that operates within planetary boundaries and enhance and develop the municipality for its citizens and visitors. 

Horsens is a part of Destination Kystlandet, where we actively participate in the urgent mission to ensure financial, social and environmental sustainability in the tourism industry. Because, sustainability is more than just green energy and healthy economic foundations. To us, the sustainable approach also means to nourish a cooperative and responsible form of tourism that benefits the small local communities in The Coastal Land and democratically includes them in the development of our destination.
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    [high_sup_3] => 0
    [high_dmo_1] => Sustainability vision and action plan established for events,Sustainability vision and action plan established for tourism,Multi year strategy (+3 years),Aligned to the city's overall development agenda (not just tourism and events),Aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
    [high_dmo_2] => 0
    [high_dmo_3] => None
    [created_at] => 2023-10-05 07:32:54
    [updated_at] => 2024-04-15 12:02:48
    [year] => 2023
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Horsens, Denmark 2023 GDS-Index Report
2023 Performance Overview
DMO
Supplier
Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
In Horsens Municipality you feel the energy of the big city and the charm of the small town. The city is free from congestion, hustle and bustle. However, it is rich in art, entrepreneurship, soul, good food, music, green oases and cultural life. In the city of Horsens, you clearly sense its past as a prison and industrial city. You find award-winning museums, a newly refurbished centre with lots of shopping opportunities, surprising gable paintings in the cityscape, a very special creative urge, and nature experiences in the near vicinity of the city. Horsens aims to become carbon neutral in 2030, and a municipality, that operates within planetary boundaries and enhance and develop the municipality for its citizens and visitors. Horsens is a part of Destination Kystlandet, where we actively participate in the urgent mission to ensure financial, social and environmental sustainability in the tourism industry. Because, sustainability is more than just green energy and healthy economic foundations. To us, the sustainable approach also means to nourish a cooperative and responsible form of tourism that benefits the small local communities in The Coastal Land and democratically includes them in the development of our destination.
Horsens has high ambitions to become carbon neutral capital city in 2030. As of June 2023, 74% of the munipality’s hotel rooms have a third-party sustainability certification, with many more rooms currently under construction expected to become certified next year. Horsens Municipality is also known for its nature and outdoor opportunitets, where soft mobility is highlighted, and preferred by many citizens and tourists. 1,34 km of bicycle path per citizen. Just 2,6% of solid waste in Horsens is disposed of in landfills, while 76% of the city’s waste is recycled. Additionally, the city has low levels of particulate matter in the city’s air, at just 8 ug/m3 for PM2.5 and 16 ug/m3 for PM10.
Horsens is the perfect meeting place in the middle of Denmark. Horsens has a long history as an industrial powerhouse which you can still feel in the vibe of the city. Today Horsens is the home of many exciting companies and stories that can be used actively as part of your meetings and events in Horsens. The city is also widely famous for concerts with international artist. In Horsens Municipality you can explore the possibilities of creating wholly unique experiences for your next meeting, seminar or conference.s. A majority of our suppliers have placed sustainability at the forefront of their business. Thus, 76 % of the hotel rooms and 50% of the city’s venues are currently certified with a 3rd party certification.
Horsens as a the 8th largest city in a country that is listed in the absolute top of several rankings. For instance, Denmark is ranked as the least corrupt country in the world accordingly to the transparency corruption perception index 2019 (tied for first place with New Zealand). Denmark has also managed to rank top 2 according to The World Happiness Report 2019, rank 2 in the Gender Inequality Index 2018 and is the number 1 most gay-friendly place on the planet according to Lonely Planet (2019). Additionally, Denmark is ranked as the most prosperous country according to the Legatum Prosperity Index 2019 and amongst the top 5 most peaceful countries according to the Global Peace Index 2019 (GPI). In Denmark we have high level of welfare and healthcare. For instance Danes don't pay for hospital or education, and even at university level, there is no tuition fee. In fact every Danish student receives around 900$ per month from the state.
Summary
In Horsens Municipality you feel the energy of the big city and the charm of the small town. The city is free from congestion, hustle and bustle. However, it is rich in art, entrepreneurship, soul, good food, music, green oases and cultural life. In the city of Horsens, you clearly sense its past as a prison and industrial city. You find award-winning museums, a newly refurbished centre with lots of shopping opportunities, surprising gable paintings in the cityscape, a very special creative urge, and nature experiences in the near vicinity of the city. Horsens aims to become carbon neutral in 2030, and a municipality, that operates within planetary boundaries and enhance and develop the municipality for its citizens and visitors. Horsens is a part of Destination Kystlandet, where we actively participate in the urgent mission to ensure financial, social and environmental sustainability in the tourism industry. Because, sustainability is more than just green energy and healthy economic foundations. To us, the sustainable approach also means to nourish a cooperative and responsible form of tourism that benefits the small local communities in The Coastal Land and democratically includes them in the development of our destination.
Does Destination Kystlandet have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Horsens, Denmark have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Destination Kystlandet report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Horsens has high ambitions to become carbon neutral capital city in 2030. As of June 2023, 74% of the munipality’s hotel rooms have a third-party sustainability certification, with many more rooms currently under construction expected to become certified next year. Horsens Municipality is also known for its nature and outdoor opportunitets, where soft mobility is highlighted, and preferred by many citizens and tourists. 1,34 km of bicycle path per citizen. Just 2,6% of solid waste in Horsens is disposed of in landfills, while 76% of the city’s waste is recycled. Additionally, the city has low levels of particulate matter in the city’s air, at just 8 ug/m3 for PM2.5 and 16 ug/m3 for PM10.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
81981 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
Horsens is the perfect meeting place in the middle of Denmark. Horsens has a long history as an industrial powerhouse which you can still feel in the vibe of the city. Today Horsens is the home of many exciting companies and stories that can be used actively as part of your meetings and events in Horsens. The city is also widely famous for concerts with international artist. In Horsens Municipality you can explore the possibilities of creating wholly unique experiences for your next meeting, seminar or conference.s. A majority of our suppliers have placed sustainability at the forefront of their business. Thus, 76 % of the hotel rooms and 50% of the city’s venues are currently certified with a 3rd party certification.
OF HOTEL ROOMS SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED
OF VENUES SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED
OF PCOS/DMCS SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED
Social
Horsens as a the 8th largest city in a country that is listed in the absolute top of several rankings. For instance, Denmark is ranked as the least corrupt country in the world accordingly to the transparency corruption perception index 2019 (tied for first place with New Zealand). Denmark has also managed to rank top 2 according to The World Happiness Report 2019, rank 2 in the Gender Inequality Index 2018 and is the number 1 most gay-friendly place on the planet according to Lonely Planet (2019). Additionally, Denmark is ranked as the most prosperous country according to the Legatum Prosperity Index 2019 and amongst the top 5 most peaceful countries according to the Global Peace Index 2019 (GPI). In Denmark we have high level of welfare and healthcare. For instance Danes don't pay for hospital or education, and even at university level, there is no tuition fee. In fact every Danish student receives around 900$ per month from the state.
86
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
91
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
90
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

In 2022 the GDS-Index used 70 indicators that evaluate destinations sustainability performance across four key areas. If you are interested, you can read our benchmarking methodology in detail here.

Environmental
Performance

Climate, Energy and Emissions​

Circularity and Waste​

Water​

Air Quality​

Transportation​

Biodiversity​

Social
Performance

SDG Alignment ​

Corruption​

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion​

Health, Safety and Wellness​

Accessibility ​

Resident Engagement​

Supplier
Performance

Hotels​

Airport​

Agencies (PCOs & DMCs)​

Restaurants​

Venues​

Academia​

Destination
Management
Performance

Destination Strategy​

Governance and Reporting​

Policy and Certification​

Capacity Building​

Measurement, Impact and Reporting​

Marketing and Communications​

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion​

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 City Destinations Alliance (CityDNA). Gubi Consulting and Guy Bigwood are responsible for the management of the Secretariat.

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