GDSI as an index of sustainable tourism helps to improve Tallinn’s international reputation as a sustainable tourist destination. The index is also helpful for the work of Tallinn’s tourism development organisation, Visit Tallinn. During the assessment, the sustainability of Tallinn’s tourism was evaluated based on 69 international criteria. The criteria assess the environmental, economic and social aspects of a destination. Encouraging the steps tourism service providers have taken so far to promote sustainable tourism and lead developments in tourism in the city as well as cooperation with businesses in the field play an important role in the assessment.
“This year, the competition was especially intense as there was a record number of new participants – 15 new destinations joined the programme,” said Hele Lõhmus, Tourism Development Project Manager at Visit Tallinn. “The contributions of tourist destination development organisations to the management and development of the tourism sector has become much more important. We invite all entrepreneurs working in the tourism sector to actively take part in green certification, the circular economy and local food campaigns as well as to follow the principles of the sustainable organisation of conferences.”
In 2022, the top 5 cities in the GDSI are Göteborg (Sweden), Bergen (Norway), Copenhagen (Denmark), Aalborg (Denmark) and Bordeaux (France). Last year, the top 5 were Göteborg (Sweden), Copenhagen (Denmark), Aarhus (Denmark), Glasgow (United Kingdom) and Reykjavik (Iceland). Helsinki, the capital closest to Tallinn, ranked 12th this year (16th in 2021). No city in Latvia or Lithuania has joined the GDSI programme yet.
The activities of the GDSI programme are coordinated by Visit Tallinn (the Tourism Department of the Tallinn Strategic Management Office’s City Enterprise Centre).
Find more information on GDSI at www.gds.earth/index/.