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The GDS-Index is a destination-level programme that measures, benchmarks, and improves the sustainability strategy and performance of tourism and events destinations.

The GDS-Index is aligned with international standards; UN SDGs, GSTC Destination Criteria, UNWTO.

Click here to read more about the benchmarking methodology including data collection and verification, the four benchmarking categories, governance and criteria development and performance scoring methods.

This page highlights each destinations sustainability journey and will showcase their journey.

Performance Overview

The 2023 GDS-Index comprises 69 indicators across four categories. Here is the total score and the score for the four categories for this destination.

Total

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Environmental

Social

Supplier

Destination Management Organisation

Environmental

Includes a city's performance pertaining to its policies and infrastructure, such as climate change commitment, carbon emissions, renewable energies, resource and water management, public transport, and air pollution levels.

Social

Indicates the performance of the city against indicators of SDG integration, Corruption, Personal Safety, Access to Information and Communications, Health and Wellness, and Inclusivity, using external sources such as the Social Progress Imperative Index, and Corruption Perceptions Index.

Supplier

Addresses the sustainability commitment and performance of the local meetings' industry supply chain, including airports, events agencies, hotels, venues, and restaurants.

Destination Management Organisation

Indicates the sustainability commitment, including questions pertaining to maturity of a destination's sustainability and regeneration strategy, leadership, communication of sustainability initiatives (to support client planners), and the accuracy of their reporting on sustainability operations.

Sustainability Journey

Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social

"Kraków Development Strategy 2030" aims to create a city friendly to living. The strategy focuses on: improving air quality, urban mobility (efficient and ecological transport system), energy efficiency of buildings, quality of green areas and increasing their availability, ecological/climatic awareness of the inhabitants, and public participation (public involvement).

Does Kraków Convention Bureau have a Sustainability Strategy?

Does Krakow have a sustainable destination certificate?

Does Kraków Convention Bureau report on its sustainability performance?

In 2021 the City Council of Krakow adopted the Environmental Protection Programme for the City of Krakow for 2020-2030. The task of the Programme is to determine the necessary actions for the improvement of the environment and to bring it to the state defined by the regulations and accepted by the society. The City of Krakow carries out activities based on the concept of sustainable development through: Krakow Energy Advisory Centre, grants for investments in the field of environmental protection, subsidies for heating costs, keeping the Central Register of Emission of Buildings, and ecological education of inhabitants.

4%

OF ELECTRICITY
FROM RENEWABLES

27%

OF WASTE
RECYCLED

2182 ha

HECTARES OF GREEN
AREA PER 100 000
POPULATION

In Krakow we promote thinking about congresses in terms of "legacy". We believe they are not an episode in the life of the city, but have the potential to have a positive impact on the local community. This awareness also changes the understanding of the congress itself - from an event closed to a group of specialists it becomes potentially "open to the city", bringing benefits to a variety of its users. The "Legacy Project Bank" maintained by the Kraków Convention Bureau is an ever-growing database of initiatives in which event organisers can get involved. The initiatives are divided according to their area of influence into the following three categories: environment, society, and economy.

0%

OF HOTEL ROOMS
SUSTAINABILITY
CERTIFIED

0%

OF VENUES
SUSTAINABILITY
CERTIFIED

0%

OF PCOS/DMCS
SUSTAINABILITY
CERTIFIED

SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE

SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX

SCORE ON CORRUPTION PERCEPTION INDEX

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