Sustainable Destinations Index

The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) is the leading sustainability benchmarking and improvement programme for meetings and events destinations around the world. 

The mission of the programme is to engage, inspire and enable destinations to become more sustainable places to visit, meet and thrive in.

Verification and Scoring

After signing up as a member of the GDS-Index, the municipality, destination convention bureau or destination management organisation, complete an online questionnaire, gathering data from stakeholders and providing key performance indicators and supporting data.

The destinations are required to submit proof or evidence with each question, disclosing the source of their information. The quantitative data submitted by the destinations are usually from official sources, such as the city’s sustainability department.

Consultants from the GDS-Index evaluate the submission, looking for inconsistencies and errors in the data. Each performance indicator is assigned a number of points and according to how well the destination fulfils each indicator, it gets some of these points, no points or all points (a full score). Indicators scores are then aggregated and weighted into an individual category score. The final destinations ranking is a sum of the four individual category scores.