Reykjavik Pond in Winter

Tjörnin "The Pond" in downtown Reykjavik

Reykjavík 3rd on the GDS index

The Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS) 2018 has been revealed, and for the 4th consecutive year, Reykjavík was among the top 5 destinations. To be precise, Reykjavík is in 3rd place after Gothenburg and Copenhagen. In 2018, as in previous years, Scandinavian destinations are leading the way, with the top seven destinations all coming from countries in the region.

The objective of the index, the only one of its kind in the world, is to show potential customers the importance of sustainability at conferences and meetings held in the respective cities. The index explores the environmental policy of the cities themselves, as well as the environmental initiatives of companies that provide conference and meeting services, which in the case of Reykjavík are the members of Meet in Reykjavík (Reykjavík Convention Bureau).

The Global Destination Sustainability Index measures, amongst other things, the sustainability of infrastructure related to conferencing and meetings, the city’s environmental strategy and service policies, environmental certification, scope of recycling, knowledge sharing and social impact.

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