Meetings No 20
Intro
A Congress is a Workplace
Atti Soenarso: Perhaps it is time to sharpen the tone.
Cover Story
All Under One Roof
Carin Kindbom: “The ‘all under one roof’ business approach is considered a key USP.”
Intermission
While There’s Life, There’s Hope
Ever present words from the past.
Digital Mindset
AI and Robotics
Futurists: “Firms will need to strike a fine balance between AI and the human workforce.”
Safety and Security
CWT Global Forecast 2018
Security should be high on the planning agenda.
Performance
Brain Training
Sharp Brains on navigating brain training.
Radar
Business Events Must Adopt Olympic Safety Standards
Learn from previous Olympic events.
Clan vs State
The Clan Mentality is the Norm
Per Brinkemo on state and clan.
Sustainable Growth
GDS-Index
The sustainability performance of 40 meeting and events cities.
Intermission
Lunch With the Financial Times
An ­international “who’s who” of our time.
Creation
La Perle by Dragone
Emotions can be both a help and hindrance when creating a show.
Radar
AIME Launches Exhibitor Educational Series
Providing a deeper understanding of buyers.
Radar
Increasing Value of Meetings in Hamburg
Number of delegates visiting the city continues to grow.
Sharma
60 Tips for a Stunningly Great Life
Robin Sharma on leadership.
Brain Check
Going Behind the Mind
Tomas Dalström on neuromarketing and digital vs. print advertising.
Engagement
Where Event Design and Meetings Management Meet
Event quality is back on the table.
Van der Vijver
Locusts or Legacy?
Meeting designer Mike Van der Vijver: Bring the local community and the event community together.
Intermission
Benny Andersson
On composition.
Neuroscience
New Discovery on Memory Consolidation
Challenging a basic assumption about memory encoding.
Vision
Neom
The Saudi Arabian city of the future.
Kellerman
Obligations, Engagement and Legacy
Roger Kellerman: The word ‘obligation’ is high on the agenda.
classifieds
news
important meeting
St. Johns
to host largest aquaculture conference in Canadian history.
New facilities
Scottish Event Campus
unveils £150m expansion plan.
business intelligence
Union of International Associations
releases 2018 International Meetings Statistics Report.
Fulfilling
SITE Young Leaders Ireland
raise the curtain on a cinematic education experience in Dublin.
Business Events Australia
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
expansion now open.
Hotel news
Scandic signs agreement
for new hotel in Helsinki.
events creates meetings
Korea
Hosts World Magic Championship 2018.
meetings creates events
Estonias Largest-Ever Scientific Congress,
EGOS, Opens Today.
PRESSTOP
ICCA Board
signals ambitious changes ahead with search for new CEO.

Toronto wins bid
to host 2020 Medtech conference.
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GDS-Index Releases City Rankings

The Global Destination Sustainability Index, GDS-Index, has released its second ranking of the sustainability performance of 40 meeting and events cities worldwide.

The GDS-Index is a collaborative platform that aims to promote the sustainable growth of international meeting destinations through knowledge sharing, capacity building, and benchmarking across four key areas: city environmental strategy and infrastructure; city social sustainability performance; industry supplier support (restaurants, hotels and convention centres); and Convention Bureau strategy and initiatives.

The 2017 results were announced at the International Congress and Convention Association Congress, with the Overall Leadership Award going to Gothenburg, who also won the Innovation Award for their pioneering app which facilitates greater accessibility for events.

Glasgow was recognised with the Most Improved Award for their sterling achievement in engaging stakeholders through their “People Make Glasgow Greener” campaign and for driving sustainability performance in the last year.

The cities with the highest overall scores

  1. Gothenburg 92 %
  2. Oslo 85 %
  3. Copenhagen & Reykjavik 82 %
  4. Glasgow 80 %
  5. Stuttgart79 %
  6. Helsinki 78 %
  7. Uppsala 77 %
  8. Zurich 76 %
  9. Malmö 74 %
  10. Västerås 69 %

With a score of 92 out of a possible 100 points, Gothenburg came top of the list of meeting and event cities in the GDS-Index. Camilla Nyman, CEO of Göteborg & Co. says: “The goal for Gothenburg is to be in the absolute top league in sustainability. All the initiatives that the city takes in collaboration with local business contribute to this success. This is very much in line with our ambition to keep on pushing every aspect of sustainability.”

Aileen Crawford, Head of Conventions at Glasgow Convention Bureau, comments: “This is a fantastic achievement for the city which would not have been possible without the collaboration between the city’s tourism and hospitality sectors, academic and business communities, and local government partners. It’s hugely motivating to see our efforts in this area being recognised. Glasgow is working towards becoming one of Europe’s most sustainable cities by 2020 and to maintain our position as one of the world’s premier conference destinations we recognise the importance of enhancing our sustainable business tourism offering. Glasgow is at the forefront of developments in the energy, sustainability and low carbon industries and in turn, this has had a hugely positive impact on the volume of conferences we’re attracting in these sectors.”

“This year’s awards and ranking prove that the GDS-Index delivers results for the CB, for clients and participants”, says Guy Bigwood, GDS-Index Project Director.

Destinations with a sustainability strategy for the meetings industry increased by 25 per cent, average CB sustainability performance rose by 11 per cent, with destinations such as Oslo, Aarhus and Malmö increasing their overall performance by more than 20 per cent.

Five new cities joined the GDS-Index in 2017 including Brussels, Goyang, Dublin, Lausanne-Montreux and Prague.

“I would like to congratulate the award-winning destinations for their achievements and for being beacons of leadership. I also want to recognise all the destinations in the programme for their commitment to driving performance in their destinations,” says Guy Bigwood.