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

26 June, 2024

Milda Salciute at Reset Connect 2024

London, UK

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Learn how to develop your event management from a sustainability viewpoint to a regenerative approach as Milda Salciute presents "Events as a Driver of Good: Regenerative MICE Strategies" from 10h55 - 11h55 CET on 26 June 2024.

Using the Hannuwa approach, explore strategy development, stakeholder engagement, circular economy, regenerative food approaches, social impact, measurement and reporting.

After this session, you will be able to:

  • Apply regenerative principles to event management
  • Implement the Hannuwa methodology to design and deliver events that catalyse social, environmental and economic regeneration
  • Use real-world best practices from the ESCRS Congress 2022 (Milan) and 2023 (Vienna) to design your experiences and events

26 June, 2024

Jennifer Jensen at Reset Connect 2024

London, UK

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Discover the transformative journey of destination management with GDS-Movement as Jennifer Jensen presents "Empowering Regenerative Destination Management" from 10h25 - 10h55 CET on 26 June 2024.

  • Explore how destinations are redefining tourism and events, fostering collaboration with local communities and businesses to drive regenerative change.
  • Gain valuable insights on mindset shifts, skills development, and innovative tools, and discover actionable strategies to implement similar approaches at a local level.

15 June, 2024

Alejandra H. Zita at ICCA Global Association Forum 2024 – in Spanish

Cancún, México

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Discover stories of empowered associations driving positive environmental and social change through their events as Alejandra H. Zita presents "Leading the Way: Sustainable and Regenerative Event Management Success Stories" in Spanish from 09h30 - 10h00 local time on 15 June 2024.

From GDS-Movement's collaborative initiatives across LATAM to our impactful presence at the ICCA Congress, we're dedicated to sharing skillsets, toolsets, and mindsets to lead the change in sustainability. Join us for an enlightening session where we share leading examples and journeys towards sustainable event management. A panel of experts will delve into the challenges and successes global associations have experienced in integrating sustainability into their strategies.  Be inspired by their stories and learn how we're shaping together a more sustainable future for the events industry.

The ICCA Global Association Forum is an annual event focused on bringing together association meeting planners, senior association representatives and meeting suppliers from across the world, to provide valuable insights and practical tools and resources to support the association meetings industry.

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