This Southeast Asian City Amongst the Top In Global Destination Sustainability Index

This Southeast Asian City Amongst the Top In Global Destination Sustainability Index

Bangkok ranks second among Asian destinations in the latest Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index. 

The rating, which measures social and environmental sustainability strategies, industry supplier support, and Convention Bureau strategy and initiatives, also named Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organisation (TCEB) the top scorer when compared to other Asian convention bureaus that participated in the survey.

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) recently gave out the GDS-Index awards to the top five destinations recognised for their sustainable practices in the business tourism and events industry.

The top five cities with the highest overall scores were: Gothenburg (Sweden); Copenhagen (Denmark), Reykjavík (Iceland), Oslo (Norway), and Uppsala (Sweden).

Bangkok in Global Destination Sustainability Index. Image:
Bangkok in Global Destination Sustainability Index. Image:


According to the index, the top five Asian cities with highest overall scores were: Tokyo, Bangkok, Goyang (South Korea), Sapporo (Japan), and Dubai (United Arab Emirates).

Bangkok was ranked second in Asia and 21st in the world according to the GDS-Index.

The ranking was measured across four key areas: city environmental strategy and infrastructure (14 topics); city social sustainability performance (4 topics); industry supplier support (8 topics); and Convention Bureau (CVB) strategy and initiatives (12 topics).

Overall, Bangkok received a total score of 58 per cent. The city scored 69 per cent in CVB performance, higher than the global benchmark of 53 per cent.

TCEB president Chiruit Isarangkun na Ayuthaya said Bangkok and TCEB had participated in the GDS-Index for the first time and the bureau is delighted with the result.


Source : The Nation

Indah Gilang Pusparani

Indah is a researcher at Badan Perencanaan Pembangunan Penelitian dan Pengembangan Daerah Kota Cirebon (Regional Development Planning and Research Agency of Cirebon Municipality). She covers More international relations, tourism, and startups in Southeast Asia region and beyond. Indah graduated from MSc Development Administration and Planning from University College London, United Kingdom in 2015. She finished bachelor degree from International Relations from University of Indonesia in 2014, with two exchange programs in Political Science at National University of Singapore and New Media in Journalism at Ball State University, USA. She was awarded Diplomacy Award at Harvard World Model United Nations and named as Indonesian Gifted Researcher by Australian National University. She is Researcher at Regional Planning Board in Cirebon, West Java. She previously worked as Editor in Bening Communication, the Commonwealth Parliament Association UK, and diplomacy consulting firm Best Delegate LLC in USA. Less
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