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Bangkok second in Asia in destination sustainability rankings

Dec 25. 2018
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By The Nation

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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).

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.

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