The Global Destination Sustainability-Index is happy to announce and welcome the first representative destination from Russia: Saint Petersburg. After the phenomenal success of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in the country, the GDS-Index team and Saint Petersburg Convention Bureau (SPBCB) are joining forces to continue on this journey of sustainability in the tourism and business events sector.

Maria Lagun, General Director of St.Petersburg Convention Bureau comments:

“The GDS-Index brings together cities around the world to ensure that we have an opportunity to use best practices of destinations sustainability including  the expertise of Сongress Bureaus.Through benchmarking we can learn and improve the efficiency of our work in order to make every business event not only professionally organized, but also to benefit business and society. We are pleased to become a part of the GDS-Index community and to follow the course of increasing the social and environmental awareness of Saint Petersburg. We would like to show the world that the development of the MICE industry has a positive impact on a specific destination, and a country as a whole.”