Montréal is the first Canadian city to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index

published on June 8, 2020
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Montréal, host city for World Environment Day 2020, is the first city in Canada to join the Global Destination Sustainability Index! Created as part of the global destination sustainability movement, the GDS-Index shines a spotlight on cities focusing on regeneration in the fields of tourism, meetings and urban living.

Step by step

Spearheaded by Tourisme Montréal, our fair city’s inclusion on the Global Destination Sustainability Index comes with a 5-pronged approach, each guaranteeing positive results:

  • To benchmark the sustainability performance of Montréal’s tourism, meetings and events industries
  • To support the development of sustainability strategies for Tourisme Montréal and the city’s key stakeholders
  • To increase awareness of and integrate the 17 Sustainable Development Goals into the city’s tourism and events markets
  • To inspire clients to prize destinations with groundbreaking event sustainability initiatives
  • To share Tourisme Montréal’s responsible and regenerative initiatives and practices with our clients, peers, and the world

A closer look at the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

Established as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals aim at ending poverty, foster economic growth and increase education and job opportunities, while protecting the planet and decreasing climate change. It’s an international effort for change – and one Montréal is proud to take a leading role in.

Moving towards a brighter future

While the COVID-19 crisis’ impact on the tourism and meeting industries has put things on an international pause, Montréal’s trend-setting regeneration and sustainability initiatives mark a clear path forward to welcome visitors and events back to our city in the coming months. As this year’s recipient of the International Congress and Convention Association's (ICCA) title of the top events city in North America for the four year running, we can’t wait to get back to what we do best!

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