Circular economy focus of GDS-Index white paper

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The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) has released its second white paper, “Sustainable Destination Management Trends and Insights: The Road to a Circular Economy”. The GDS-Index is a collaborative partnership between ICCA, ICCA’s Scandinavian chapter, IMEX, ECM and MCI Group.

The white paper focuses on how destinations contribute to creating a circular economy, with the implementation of active and well-designed sustainability strategies to support their overall social, environmental and economic development, overall increasing their competitive advantage. The report draws from analysis of 40 cities that participated in the 2017 GDS-Index benchmarking study.

Through case studies and comparative data, the research – conducted by MCI Sustainability Services – highlights how destinations promote the change from linear to circular economy.

Sébastien Tondeur, MCI Group CEO, said: “The GDS-Index is becoming a very well established and recognised supporting tool for destinations and cities to advance sustainability across the meeting and events industry. It helps them engage their local community, businesses, and internal resources around a meaningful and inspiring project that contributes to a more circular economy”.

Martin Sirk, CEO of ICCA, said: “The GDS-Index is accelerating sustainable development via knowledge sharing of its best practices and innovations. Building on the inspiration of the programme’s Scandinavian founders, the white paper collects and shares these pieces of wisdom with the ultimate goal of supporting other destinations to focus on sustainable growth”.

Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, said: “I am particularly delighted and inspired to see how this project has grown and how the participating cities are using the research for further improving their strategies and sustainability performance.”

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