25th March 2019. The Metropole of Lyon is the newest partner to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index). The GDS-Index is a multi-stakeholder partnership to accelerate the sustainable development of international meeting destinations and management practices in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.
The GDS-Index is delighted to announce that Lyon has joined the Global Destination Sustainability Index. Lyon – the “Capital of French Gastronomy” is the 48th city to have joined the GDS-Index and is participating in the collaborative platform to:
- Benchmark the sustainability of their destination and their meeting and events industry
- Improve the sustainability strategy of their Convention Bureau and Destination Management Organizations
- Engage and inspire clients to prize destinations with solid event sustainability initiatives
- Share their responsible business initiatives and best practices with their clients, peers and other key stakeholders
Guy Bigwood, Managing Director for the GDS-Index comments:
“Over the last few years we have seen an increasing focus from the French meetings industry towards sustainability. Lyon is exemplary of this pioneering spirit and leadership, and we are delighted to have the City of Lights as the second French destination in our expanding global platform.”
Lyon is not only globally recognized for its rich history, gastronomy and picturesque beauty, it is also the 2019 European Smart Tourism Capital. This EU award recognises outstanding achievements by European tourism destinations in four categories: sustainability, accessibility, digitalisation, and cultural heritage and creativity.
Highlighting why Lyon has chosen to participate on the GDS Index, Valérie Ducaud, Lyon Convention Bureau Manager said:
“The city of Lyon is very happy to join the GDS Index. Our participation aims to build on top of our selection as the European Smart Tourism Capital, and accelerate our efforts to boost digital innovation, accessibility and environmental stewardship, and to work to become an even more sustainable and smart events destination.”
For more information please contact:
Guy Bigwood, Managing Director of the Global Destination Sustainability Index
Valérie Ducaud, Lyon Convention Bureau Manager – ONLYLYON Tourism and Conventions