The GDS-Index is a destination-level programme that promotes scalable sustainability and responsible practices among tourism destinations globally. It measures, benchmarks, and suggests improvements for the sustainability strategy and performance of tourism and events each year.
The annual review and update of the criteria and methodology aim to ensure continuous improvement and progress towards more regenerative destinations.
Each year, the GDS-Index criteria undergo an in-depth revision following consultation and input from participating destinations, the GDS-Movement Team of Assessors, and then an in-depth improvement process conducted by the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), comprising 15 tourism, academic, and sustainability experts.
As part of the GDS-Index’s efforts to manage a benchmarking programme that supports regenerative destination management, 2024 will see a major update, particularly around DEI, measurement, and climate. The criteria development update will start in April 2023, led by the GDS-Movement and in conjunction with the TAC.
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