Sustainability ‘non-conference’ on events double bill

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Destination marketing professionals are promised an ‘extraordinary week’ when two events co-locate in Spain later this year.

City Destinations Alliance (CityDNA) and the Global Destination Sustainability Movement (GDS-Movement) are holding back-to-back meetings in València, October 3-6.

The CityDNA Autumn Conference is offering destination professionals the chance to meet and network with colleagues from Europe and beyond, while sharing knowledge and insights on the latest trends and challenges.

The GDS-Forum will convene destination leaders and sustainability champions from around the world. 

Organisers have promised a, ‘dynamic and unconventional gathering’ to discuss sustainability and co-create new approaches and initiatives for ‘greater regenerative destination management’. It will follow a novel, ‘non-conference’ format with a focus on ‘peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, and creativity’.

Meanwhile the GDS-Awards Ceremony will recognise the winners of the 8th GDS-Index Awards.  

Valencia recently won the 2024 European Green Capital Award.

“I am absolutely delighted to extend our strategic partnership with CityDNA,” says Guy Bigwood, chief changemaker and CEO of the GDS-Movement.  

“They are one of our founding partners and it’s a natural and powerful next step to bring our events together with the goal of accelerating city regeneration and innovation. By uniting our efforts, we are also reducing the environmental impacts of these events, and maximising the ROI to attendees, Valencia, and sponsors.”

Petra Stušek, president of the board at CityDNA, added: “We are very excited to bring our joint events to Valencia. This new partnership beautifully expresses our shared values of accountability and innovation and Valencia’s status as the 2024 European Green Capital Award winner positions it perfectly as the host city. This is a chance to bring fresh energy, formats, and ideas to our industry and come up with new solutions together.”

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