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    [city_name] => Victoria
    [contact_name] => Jeremy
    [contact_surname] => Loveday
    [contact_email] => jeremy.loveday@tourismvictoria.com
    [organisation] => Destination Greater Victoria
    [website] => https://www.tourismvictoria.com
    [environmental_description] => Victoria is a leader in social, economic, and environmental sustainability in Canada. Within our first year participating in the GDS Index, Victoria was able to secure the second highest overall score in North America. Though our destination has had many successes, we continue to strive for further progress in our work. With sustainability at the heart of our destination, we will continue to apply a sustainable lens to our work and push for further achievement in these areas.
    [social_description] => Victoria is a highly community oriented destination. We work with each-other to improve accessibility, diversity, inclusion and equity within our community. Victoria has a strong focus on communication within decision making, both at the City and DMO levels. Along with the City and our DMO, many additional organizations exist throughout our destination, working to improve the health and wellbeing of our community through grass-roots action. The vast majority of our citizens care about the vitality of our destination and practice destination stewardship in their everyday lives.
    [supplier_description] => We have a thriving events sector here in Victoria. The Victoria Conference Centre hosts a considerable number of events each year, all of which have the ability to apply sustainable practices to their event planning processes with the help of our venue staff. The Conference Centre itself operates at a platinum level through BOMA BEST Environmental Standards. Our Conference Centre also now holds third-party certification through the Biosphere Certification developed by the Responsible Tourism Institute. In addition to our Green Events Guide for event planners, we strive to improve the impacts of our event through the expansion of our program offerings on an ongoing basis.
    [dmo_description] => Our DMO and the City of Victoria work in tandem to further sustainability progress in our destination. Through our work as a DMO, we have aligned directly with the UN Sustainable Development goals by certifying ourselves as well as many of our member businesses through the Biosphere Certification created by the Responsible Tourism Institute. Sustainability is highlighted as a foundational aspect of our organization within our business plan, translating words into action throughout the many facets of our organization. The City of Victoria continues to implement social, economic, and environmental initiatives as laid out in their comprehensive Zero Waste Plan, aimed at reducing waste creation, increasing environmental awareness and education, fostering environmental restoration and much more. In line with these strategies, the province of British Columbia continues to implement the CleanBC Roadmap, aimed significantly at reducing our provinces environmental impacts by 2030.
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    [high_env_2] => 54
    [high_env_3] => 229
    [high_soc_1] => 77.7305
    [high_soc_2] => 88.17
    [high_soc_3] => 74
    [high_sup_1] => 66
    [high_sup_2] => 0
    [high_sup_3] => 0
    [high_dmo_1] => 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)
    [high_dmo_2] => 2
    [high_dmo_3] => We include performance data in our Annual DMO or sustainability report
    [created_at] => 2023-10-05 07:33:09
    [updated_at] => 2024-02-28 12:02:54
    [year] => 2023
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    [year] => 2023
    [city_id] => 165
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    [Total] => 66.15
    [Total_rank] => 47
    [Environment] => 69.49
    [Environment_rank] => 28
    [Social] => 72.37
    [Social_rank] => 12
    [Supplier] => 55.56
    [Supplier_rank] => 33
    [DMO] => 66.43
    [DMO_rank] => 28
    [longitude] => -123.35499384250703
    [latitude] => 48.43996508757946
    [population] => 94000
    [country] => Canada
    [region] => North America
    [created_at] => 2023-10-05 07:31:01
    [updated_at] => 2024-01-04 15:26:05
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Victoria 2023 GDS-Index Report
2023 Performance Overview
DMO
Supplier
Social
Environmental
Performance Highlights
Summary
Environmental
Supplier
Social
Our DMO and the City of Victoria work in tandem to further sustainability progress in our destination. Through our work as a DMO, we have aligned directly with the UN Sustainable Development goals by certifying ourselves as well as many of our member businesses through the Biosphere Certification created by the Responsible Tourism Institute. Sustainability is highlighted as a foundational aspect of our organization within our business plan, translating words into action throughout the many facets of our organization. The City of Victoria continues to implement social, economic, and environmental initiatives as laid out in their comprehensive Zero Waste Plan, aimed at reducing waste creation, increasing environmental awareness and education, fostering environmental restoration and much more. In line with these strategies, the province of British Columbia continues to implement the CleanBC Roadmap, aimed significantly at reducing our provinces environmental impacts by 2030.
Victoria is a leader in social, economic, and environmental sustainability in Canada. Within our first year participating in the GDS Index, Victoria was able to secure the second highest overall score in North America. Though our destination has had many successes, we continue to strive for further progress in our work. With sustainability at the heart of our destination, we will continue to apply a sustainable lens to our work and push for further achievement in these areas.
We have a thriving events sector here in Victoria. The Victoria Conference Centre hosts a considerable number of events each year, all of which have the ability to apply sustainable practices to their event planning processes with the help of our venue staff. The Conference Centre itself operates at a platinum level through BOMA BEST Environmental Standards. Our Conference Centre also now holds third-party certification through the Biosphere Certification developed by the Responsible Tourism Institute. In addition to our Green Events Guide for event planners, we strive to improve the impacts of our event through the expansion of our program offerings on an ongoing basis.
Victoria is a highly community oriented destination. We work with each-other to improve accessibility, diversity, inclusion and equity within our community. Victoria has a strong focus on communication within decision making, both at the City and DMO levels. Along with the City and our DMO, many additional organizations exist throughout our destination, working to improve the health and wellbeing of our community through grass-roots action. The vast majority of our citizens care about the vitality of our destination and practice destination stewardship in their everyday lives.
Summary
Our DMO and the City of Victoria work in tandem to further sustainability progress in our destination. Through our work as a DMO, we have aligned directly with the UN Sustainable Development goals by certifying ourselves as well as many of our member businesses through the Biosphere Certification created by the Responsible Tourism Institute. Sustainability is highlighted as a foundational aspect of our organization within our business plan, translating words into action throughout the many facets of our organization. The City of Victoria continues to implement social, economic, and environmental initiatives as laid out in their comprehensive Zero Waste Plan, aimed at reducing waste creation, increasing environmental awareness and education, fostering environmental restoration and much more. In line with these strategies, the province of British Columbia continues to implement the CleanBC Roadmap, aimed significantly at reducing our provinces environmental impacts by 2030.
Does Destination Greater Victoria have a Sustainability Strategy?
Does Victoria have a sustainable destination certificate?
Does Destination Greater Victoria report on its sustainability performance?
Environmental
Victoria is a leader in social, economic, and environmental sustainability in Canada. Within our first year participating in the GDS Index, Victoria was able to secure the second highest overall score in North America. Though our destination has had many successes, we continue to strive for further progress in our work. With sustainability at the heart of our destination, we will continue to apply a sustainable lens to our work and push for further achievement in these areas.
OF ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLES
OF WASTE RECYCLED
229 ha
HECTARES OF GREEN AREA PER 100 000 POPULATION
Supplier
We have a thriving events sector here in Victoria. The Victoria Conference Centre hosts a considerable number of events each year, all of which have the ability to apply sustainable practices to their event planning processes with the help of our venue staff. The Conference Centre itself operates at a platinum level through BOMA BEST Environmental Standards. Our Conference Centre also now holds third-party certification through the Biosphere Certification developed by the Responsible Tourism Institute. In addition to our Green Events Guide for event planners, we strive to improve the impacts of our event through the expansion of our program offerings on an ongoing basis.
OF HOTEL ROOMS SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED
OF VENUES SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED
OF PCOS/DMCS SUSTAINABILITY CERTIFIED
Social
Victoria is a highly community oriented destination. We work with each-other to improve accessibility, diversity, inclusion and equity within our community. Victoria has a strong focus on communication within decision making, both at the City and DMO levels. Along with the City and our DMO, many additional organizations exist throughout our destination, working to improve the health and wellbeing of our community through grass-roots action. The vast majority of our citizens care about the vitality of our destination and practice destination stewardship in their everyday lives.
78
SDG IMPLEMENTATION SCORE
88
SCORE ON SOCIAL PROGRESS INDEX
74
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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