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Kyoto 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
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Summary
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The Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau works to ensure that Kyoto will not only be a satisfying event destination for meeting participants, but that everyone in our city, including residents and industry partners can have a healthy, sustainable, and mutually beneficial relationship with us as an event destination. Our goal is to attract sustainable meetings, reduce Kyoto's carbon footprint, improve Kyoto’s sustainability performance, and support traditional industries.
Since its founding 1,200 years ago as Japan’s first permanent capital, Kyoto has placed great value on sustainability and harmony with the surrounding natural environment, giving further significance to the signing of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming here in 1997. Our heritage is prioritized over aggressive urban development, and strict building height and advertising restrictions protect the city’s character and skyline. The city has excellent public transportation, several bike sharing programs, charging stations for electric vehicles, and is easily explored on foot. The city also makes it possible to hold sustainable meetings through a carbon offset program, a convention pass to encourage attendees to use public transportation, and a new program for traditional handicrafts that reduces waste by offering traditional handicrafts for rent as meeting goods or décor. In June 2016, Kyoto became the first city in Asia to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index, demonstrating Kyoto’s continued dedication to pioneering in sustainability.
Kyoto was Japan’s first city to become an international meeting destination. ICC Kyoto, where the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997, is surrounded by greenery and has an eco-friendly certification. As a legacy of the Kyoto Protocol, Kyoto launched, Do You Kyoto?, a comprehensive program that involves all sectors of our community - residents, visitors, companies etc. – to protect the environment and help reduce energy usage and C02 emissions. Meetings and events in Kyoto can take part by using the Do You Kyoto? carbon offset program to offset their CO2 emissions, making use of the Traditional Handicraft Rental Program to reduce waste and support traditional industry, and providing convention passes to encourage participants to use public transportation. Kyoto CVB can also recommend venues, hotels, PCOs, and DMCs that have sustainability certifications.
Originally called Heian-Kyo, the "capital of stability and peace", Kyoto has been in the top ten of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best City for 6 years in a row and in 2017, the QS Best Student Cities Index ranked the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area as the #1 safest city in the world. Meetings and events in Kyoto are encouraged to contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage in the city, through a subsidy offered to help defray the costs of cultural activities, as well as a variety of excursion programs that allow participants to interact with the local community and culture while supporting traditional industries.
Summary
The Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau works to ensure that Kyoto will not only be a satisfying event destination for meeting participants, but that everyone in our city, including residents and industry partners can have a healthy, sustainable, and mutually beneficial relationship with us as an event destination. Our goal is to attract sustainable meetings, reduce Kyoto's carbon footprint, improve Kyoto’s sustainability performance, and support traditional industries.
Does Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Kyoto have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Kyoto Convention and Visitors Bureau report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Since its founding 1,200 years ago as Japan’s first permanent capital, Kyoto has placed great value on sustainability and harmony with the surrounding natural environment, giving further significance to the signing of the Kyoto Protocol on global warming here in 1997. Our heritage is prioritized over aggressive urban development, and strict building height and advertising restrictions protect the city’s character and skyline. The city has excellent public transportation, several bike sharing programs, charging stations for electric vehicles, and is easily explored on foot. The city also makes it possible to hold sustainable meetings through a carbon offset program, a convention pass to encourage attendees to use public transportation, and a new program for traditional handicrafts that reduces waste by offering traditional handicrafts for rent as meeting goods or décor. In June 2016, Kyoto became the first city in Asia to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index, demonstrating Kyoto’s continued dedication to pioneering in sustainability.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
4685.23 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
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Kyoto was Japan’s first city to become an international meeting destination. ICC Kyoto, where the Kyoto Protocol was signed in 1997, is surrounded by greenery and has an eco-friendly certification. As a legacy of the Kyoto Protocol, Kyoto launched, Do You Kyoto?, a comprehensive program that involves all sectors of our community - residents, visitors, companies etc. – to protect the environment and help reduce energy usage and C02 emissions. Meetings and events in Kyoto can take part by using the Do You Kyoto? carbon offset program to offset their CO2 emissions, making use of the Traditional Handicraft Rental Program to reduce waste and support traditional industry, and providing convention passes to encourage participants to use public transportation. Kyoto CVB can also recommend venues, hotels, PCOs, and DMCs that have sustainability certifications.
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
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Originally called Heian-Kyo, the "capital of stability and peace", Kyoto has been in the top ten of Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best City for 6 years in a row and in 2017, the QS Best Student Cities Index ranked the Kyoto-Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area as the #1 safest city in the world. Meetings and events in Kyoto are encouraged to contribute to the preservation of cultural heritage in the city, through a subsidy offered to help defray the costs of cultural activities, as well as a variety of excursion programs that allow participants to interact with the local community and culture while supporting traditional industries.
79
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
88
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
73
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.

 

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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.

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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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