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Mechelen 2019 GDS-Index Report
2019 Performance Overview
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Summary
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Mechelen is the most sustainable city in Europe 2020, according to the European Commision who awarded Mechelen with the Grean Leaf Award 2020. Moreover, Mechelen has the clear ambition to become a flourishing destination: a place where tourism contributes to the destination, its inhabitants and entrepreneurs in a true sustainable way. Visit Mechelen co-created, together with touristic entrepreneurs, inhabitants, policy makers and the city, the vision note ‘Mechelen, en route for a flourishing destination. Tourism in and for Mechelen, 2020-2026’. This vision note, including a co-created action plan, links the 3 city-wide ambitions of Mechelen (reducing child poverty, implementing innovative mobility and circular business development) with the tourism vision to become a flourishing destination. Credits: Mechelen is a proud partner of Visit Flanders in the transformative and groundbreaking traject ‘Travelling to Tomorrow’, an intensive traject that lead to this vision note 20
Mechelen has been awarded by the European Commission with the Grean Leaf Award 2020, and may call itself the most sustainable city in Europe. Mechelen is a fast-growing city, a growth that happens in a sustainable way, with numerous efforts on climate adaptation and sharing economy.
With 138 nationalities living in the city of about 85k inhabitants, Mechelen is a super-diverse city. In 2017, mayor Bart Somers won the prestigious World Mayor Prize, honored for its courageous and positive diversity policy.
Summary
Mechelen is the most sustainable city in Europe 2020, according to the European Commision who awarded Mechelen with the Grean Leaf Award 2020. Moreover, Mechelen has the clear ambition to become a flourishing destination: a place where tourism contributes to the destination, its inhabitants and entrepreneurs in a true sustainable way. Visit Mechelen co-created, together with touristic entrepreneurs, inhabitants, policy makers and the city, the vision note ‘Mechelen, en route for a flourishing destination. Tourism in and for Mechelen, 2020-2026’. This vision note, including a co-created action plan, links the 3 city-wide ambitions of Mechelen (reducing child poverty, implementing innovative mobility and circular business development) with the tourism vision to become a flourishing destination. Credits: Mechelen is a proud partner of Visit Flanders in the transformative and groundbreaking traject ‘Travelling to Tomorrow’, an intensive traject that lead to this vision note 20
Does Visit Mechelen have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Mechelen have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Visit Mechelen report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Mechelen has been awarded by the European Commission with the Grean Leaf Award 2020, and may call itself the most sustainable city in Europe. Mechelen is a fast-growing city, a growth that happens in a sustainable way, with numerous efforts on climate adaptation and sharing economy.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
5731 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
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OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED HOTELS
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED VENUES
OF SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED PCOS/DMCS
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With 138 nationalities living in the city of about 85k inhabitants, Mechelen is a super-diverse city. In 2017, mayor Bart Somers won the prestigious World Mayor Prize, honored for its courageous and positive diversity policy.
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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