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Gothenburg once again most sustainable destination

The Swedish city was awarded as most sustainable destination in the world at ICCA World Congress.

Gothenburg awarded as most sustainable destination at ICCA World Congress. Katarina Thorstensson, Goteborg & Co, receives the award

Gothenburg awarded as most sustainable destination at ICCA World Congress. Katarina Thorstensson, Goteborg & Co, receives the award; photo: Ellen Gribing

Gothenburg remains number one in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDSI). At ICCA World Congress last week, Goteborg & Co received the award.

“This is a fantastic recognition of Gothenburg's long-term sustainability work. Succeeding in maintaining the top position for the sixth year is an achievement that shows that the city and the hospitality industry take sustainability work seriously and challenges other cities to do the same”, says Peter Grönberg, CEO of Göteborg & Co.

The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDSI) was started in 2016 by the organization Global Destination Sustainability Movement. It is a broad measurement of how well the cities are working with sustainability and is based on collaboration and everyone's contribution with partners in the hospitality industry and the city. Assessment and scoring are based on 71 different criteria that cover everything from emissions of greenhouse gases, recycling, accessibility, inclusion, safety and security, and sustainability-certified hotels and restaurants to whether there are sustainability strategies in both public and private actors.

Since the start, Gothenburg has been placed on top of the list every year. “Being able to offer a sustainable supply and tourism that gives more than it takes is beneficial for our industry, the citizens of Gothenburg, and those who visit us”, says Katarina Thorstensson, sustainability strategist at Gothenburg & Co.

Susanne Layh

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