Glasgow Leads The Way In Sustainable Business Tourism Across The UK

Glasgow Leads The Way In Sustainable Business Tourism Across The UK


Glasgow has been named as the only city in the UK to rank amongst leading international conference destinations for sustainability.

Created in March of this year by the Scandinavian Chapter of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and professional conference organiser MCI Group, the Global Destination Sustainability Index aims to increase the number of sustainable event destinations worldwide.

Having currently gathered data from 21 participating cities, the GDS Index, which follows the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, intends to bring the various locations together in order to improve both the social and environmental impact of their respective meetings industries by promoting responsible business tourism, with the hope that over 100 destinations will have signed up by 2020.

Criteria for cities featured in the Index includes environmental strategy and infrastructure; social sustainability performance; industry supplier support; and convention bureau strategy and initiatives. Glasgow leads the way in the UK following the launch of Sustainable Glasgow in 2010 - a public/private partnership designed to make the city one of Europe’s most sustainable.

Over the next two years alone, the Scottish city will host 20 energy, sustainability, and low carbon industry-related meetings, delivering nearly 60,000 delegate days and boosting Glasgow’s economy by more than £23 million. 

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