3 - 6 October 2023, in Valencia, Spain
Co-creating a regenerative future with CityDNA and Visit València

The GDS-Forum is a global event that convenes and unites destination management professionals to catalyse innovation for regeneration.



Catalysing regenerative solutions for sustainable growth in tourism and the business events sector

In tourism, the word, regenerative, is jargon. In other sectors like agriculture, finance, and food and beverages, the concept of regeneration is more integrated and linked to action, albeit often in a niche form. GDS-Movement aims to make the niche mainstream to transform “business as usual” into “business unusual” that protects, restores, and respects.

With this in mind, the GDS-Forum explores regenerative tourism, regenerative events and regenerative destination management.

– What do these terms really mean?

– How do we move from a degenerative economy to one that supports prosperity for all?

– How can the visitor economy play a greater role in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs),

– How can tourism and events help stablise the climate and support the biodiversity, natural resources, and communities that rely on it?

CityDNA and the GDS-Movement join forces to launch the GDS-Forum, followed by the CityDNA Autumn Conference 2023 in October, in Valencia, Spain.

From 3rd to 6th October, destination professionals can enjoy an extraordinary event week, as City Destinations Alliance (CityDNA), the Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement), and Visit València 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. Find out more.

GDS-Forum’s first instance gathers tourism and events experts, city representatives, DMOs, and entrepreneurs to explore, exchange, and co-create practical solutions and initiatives to accelerate industry change for the benefit of visitors, residents, habitats, and environment.

This unique event is currently in the planning and is being co-designed for  – and by –  destinations, partners, changemakers, and innovators in the business tourism and events industry.

If you are interested in participating, or joining as a sponsor or a speaker, please contact us.

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