Tirol, Austria Convention Bureau Tirol has begun the process of joining the GDS Index to help develop a sustainability strategy that measures the status quo of the services offered by convention centres, conference hotels, event agencies and other event partners.




Valencia, Spain Visit Valencia has recently joined the GDS Index to continue its existing sustainability efforts. Competing in the GDS Index will reveal its biggest growth indicators and areas for improvement. Other efforts include the Sustainable Tourism Strategy, which began at the beginning of 2020. It is committed to achieving carbon-neutral tourism activity by 2025.

Singapore Tourism has been working on the MICE 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) Toolkit, an initiative of the MICE 3R taskforce comprising Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the National Environment Agency (NEA) and members of the Singapore Association of Conference and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS). In 2013, Sands Expo & Convention Centre launched its Sands ECO360 Green Meetings Programme and went from hosting around five sustainable events to more than 300 by 2018. Its green efforts include data capture and lighting motion sensors across its 250 meeting rooms. Food is high on the agenda, too, with the programme offering the Harvest Menu - locally sourced food and drink options to reduce food miles and the Earth-Friendly Menu featuring organic, Fair Trade or Rainforest Alliance certified ingredients. If there are any leftovers, they get converted to biogas in the five on-site anaerobic digesters. Singapore has a vision to reimagine the future of travel and to become the world’s most sustainable urban destination.

SINGAPORE The city state’s major green initiatives include harvesting every drop of water to reuse endlessly,

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Sustainability strategy : Singapore Green Plan 2030

improving its energy intensity (the amount of energy consumed for its GDP) by 35 per cent by 2030, investing in solar power with the world’s largest floating solar farm and achieving an 80 per cent rate of green mark Certification buildings by 2030. “In November 2020, Singapore Tourism Board unveiled a new vision to reimagine the future of travel, including an ambitious plan to be the world’s most sustainable urban destination and a place where businesses come to test-bed sustainable tourism products and experiences,” says Michael Rodriguez, area director northern & southwestern Europe, Singapore Tourism Board.


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