Adelaide accelerates sustainability journey as it joins the GDS-Index

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Adelaide has joined the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index), being the fourth Australian city to join the sustainability benchmarking program alongside Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Business Events Adelaide CEO Damien Kitto said being assessed alongside other destinations will help build an understanding of Adelaide’s relative strengths and weaknesses in areas of sustainability.

“We are aware that sustainability issues are becoming an increasingly important consideration for business event organisers and delegates,” he said.

“Business event delegates visiting Adelaide often refer to our green, walkable city-in-a-park, so whilst we feel this is an advantage over other destinations, talking about it is no longer enough. We need to demonstrate practices that reduce the impact on our planet, especially in a country like Australia, with delegates conscious of the carbon footprint associated with their travel.

“Working with a recognised global authority like GDS-Movement will help Adelaide to develop action plans to build a solid sustainability profile. It is good for business, but more importantly, it is the right thing to do for the future, and we look forward to working with our members, strategic partners and stakeholders in positioning Adelaide as a clean destination of choice.”

GDS-Movement CEO Guy Bigwood welcomed Adelaide as the latest Australian city to join the GDS-Index community.

“Research underscores the growing importance of sustainable travel for today’s travellers, making it imperative for destinations to take proactive steps,” he said.

“The GDS-Index data reveals a positive trend – cities that join the Index consistently enhance their sustainability strategies, improve their practices and drive impact. We are excited to work with Adelaide on this important journey.”