Visit Flanders and the region’s five major cities – Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Leuven, and Mechelen have all joined the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index). Along with Brussels, the Flemish cities now form part of a sustainability movement which comprises 56 cities worldwide, with a commitment to become more regenerative places to visit, meet and thrive in.
The Convention Bureaus and Destination Management Organisations of the five cities, in addition to VisitFlanders itself, have committed to measure and benchmark the sustainability of their meeting and events sectors, improve their sustainability strategies through a collaborative and inclusive effort, integrate the 17 Sustainable Development Goals into their visitor economy, inspire clients to prize destinations with solid event sustainability initiatives and share their responsible business initiatives and regenerative practices with the world.
Guy Bigwood, Managing Director of the GDS-Index comments: “With rising temperatures and climatic disruptions, social movements are springing up to protest government inaction. Flanders is a showcase example of collaborative action. Taking a regional approach is still, unfortunately, relatively rare, making this small geographical region a big visionary when it comes to sustainable development. We at the GDS-Index look forward to accompanying them on their sustainability journey, helping them to develop a strategic action plan, and leave behind a positive legacy for future generations.”