Pioneering destinations honoured in 3rd round of Global Destination Sustainability Index awards

For the third year running, the winners of the GDS-Index awards were announced during the Closing Ceremony of the ICCA Congress, held in 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The prestigious awards showcase the remarkable sustainability initiatives of convention bureaus and destination marketing organisations from across the globe, with the aim of sharing best practices to inspire the meeting and events industry.

The 57th ICCA Congress took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 11-14 November 2018.

This edition of the association’s flagship event has attracted 1,156 delegates from 79 countries, making it the biggest Congress held outside Europe.

Brussels is now in the top 10 of the Global Destination Sustainability Index, after having participated for only two years! (GDS-Index)

Brussels is tenth in the list of the 50 best meeting and events cities worldwide.


Score in 2017: 66% (13th place)

Score in 2018: 72% (10th place)

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About the Global Destination Sustainability Index

The GDS-Index is a collaborative business initiative created to help Destinations and Convention Bureaus, drive the adoption, promotion and recognition of responsible practices in the business tourism and events industry.

The GDS-Index does this by measuring and comparing the social and environmental sustainability strategies, policies and performance of participating destinations and by sharing best practice from around the world.

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