Events

Here you can find events that our team and partners will be hosting or attending.
You will find anything from a keynote, workshop, webinar, or conference.

16 October, 2024 - 18 October, 2024

2024 GDS-Forum/CityDNA Autumn Conference

Bruges, Belgium

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Join us in Bruges for the GDS-Forum, on 15 - 16 October 2024 and the City Destinations Alliance Autumn Conference “Let Pigs Fly” 16 - 18 October 2024. From 15 to 18 October, destination professionals can enjoy an extraordinary event week, as City Destinations Alliance (CityDNA), the Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement), and Visit Brgues partner to bring you two incredible, back-to-back events, and to jointly announce and celebrate the new home of the prestigious, annual GDS-Awards. GDS-Forum, 15 - 16 October The GDS-Forum will convene destination leaders and sustainability champions from around the world. This is a dynamic and unconventional gathering to discuss sustainability and impact strategies and best practices, learn from GDS-Index journeys, and co-create new approaches and initiatives for greater regenerative destination management. It will follow an unconference format with a focus on peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, and creativity. CityDNA Autumn Conference 16 - 18 October The CityDNA Autumn Conference provides destination professionals with unique occasion to meet and network with colleagues from Europe and beyond, while sharing knowledge and insights on the latest trends and challenges. The 2023 GDS-Awards, 16 October (evening)</strong We recognise and ​celebrate the efforts of ​GDS-Index destinations – ​Leadership Award​ – Most Improved Award​ – Innovation Award​ – Impact Award

22 May, 2024

Guy Bigwood speaks at Skift MEETINGS Destination Experience Summit 2024

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Guy Bigwood, CEO and Chief Changemaker, GDS-Movement, speaks about Crunchtime for Destination Sustainability at 12h35 CET. He is joined by Shawna McKinley, Clear Current Consulting Principal.

  • Find out how Guy can add value to your event as a speaker here
  • Find out how we can help your event become more sustainable here
   

14 May, 2024

Bella Shahsuvaryan and Guy Bigwood speak at IMEX Frankfurt 2024

Frankfurt, Germany

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Changemakers Bella Shahsuvaryan and Guy Bigwood present "Navigating the Event Landscape: Global Trends and Data Insights" at 14h30 CET. Explore the global trends, regenerative initiatives, and data-driven insights shaping event destinations. Learn how to leverage sustainability, navigate DEI, and craft compelling narratives. Gain insights into the growing significance of third-party certification of venues and hotels and its impact on event planning and destination management. Acquire strategies for driving positive change and creating transformative experiences. Learning outcomes:

  1. Explore the global trends influencing destinations and their sustainability efforts
  2. Learn from inspiring and informative sustainability case studies
  3. Explore techniques for crafting captivating narratives
  • Find out about IMEX Frankfurt's sustainability here
  • Find out how Bella and Guy can add value to your event as speakers here

14 March, 2024

Changemaker Beatriz Ibanez at Let’s MEET by Meetings®Panama 2024 International Meeting

Panamá City, Panamá

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09h55 - 10h40 local time: Beatriz explores "De la Sostenibilidad a la Acción: Aprendizajes y Retos (From Conversation to Action: Forging a Sustainable, Inclusive and Lasting Future") in Spanish.

Let's Meet is a hybrid event with "a commitment to excellence, accessibility and care for the environment ...designed to connect professionals, experts, and enthusiasts in a space that encourages learning, collaboration, and building a more sustainable future."

5 March, 2024 - 7 March, 2024

Inge Krogh Larsen and Anne Seeberg at ICCA Nordic Chapter Meeting 2024

Odense, In-Person

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6 March, 12h00 - 13h00 CET.

Where Fairytales Meet Intelligence and where events meet Regenerative MICE strategies.

Enjoy changemakers Anne and Inge sharing how events can be a driver of Good.

By the end of their session, they'll ensure attendees have:
1. An understanding of the strategic importance of sustainable meetings
2. The confidence to take the first steps towards hosting/working with more sustainable meetings
3. Inspiration and lessons around what works from a real-world case study of ESCRS Congress 2023 in Vienna

3 March, 2024 - 5 March, 2024

Senior Changemaker, Milda Salciute, at MPI’s EMEC

Luxembourg City, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg

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11h45 - 12h45 CET, 4 March: Discover events as a driver of good as Senior Changemaker, and Director of Events and GDS-Academy, Milda Salciute, unpacks regenerative MICE strategies in Room E of the European Convention Center, Luxembourg.

21 January, 2024 - 24 January, 2024

Guy Bigwood, keynote speaker, at IMPACT Sustainability Travel & Tourism Conference 2024

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

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We are excited to announce that Guy Bigwood, CEO and Chief Changemaker, Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement), will be a keynote speaker at IMPACT Summit 2024.

"Join peers and stakeholders in the tourism industry in Victoria, BC, this winter for the third annual IMPACT Conference: a national discussion on the industry’s impact on Canada’s economic, social, environmental and cultural fabric. IMPACT's goal is to align the Canadian tourism industry, as well as stakeholders and communities touched by tourism, behind a vision to achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability."

Guy will showcase how GDS-Movement impacts the global tourism industry and how Canadian destinations are leading the charge.

15 November, 2023

Guy Bigwood at Event Sustainability Live 2023

London, United Kingdom

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Event Sustainability Live (ESL) is a two-day, free-to-attend exhibition and conference featuring educational sessions and roundtable discussions alongside a focussed marketplace of suppliers that can assist event organisers to achieve their unique sustainability goals. Guy Bigwood, CEO and Chief Changemaker, GDS-Movement is attending and presenting.

From 11h20 to 11h50, Guy will explore "Destination Sustainability: Results, Trends, and Insights".

From 12h50 - 13h20, Guy will explore the "ESCRS Case Study: a Strategic View of Sustainable Association Meetings".

From 14h10 - 14h40, Guy will explore "The Regenerative Revolution: Developing and Managing Future-fit, Thriving Events".