Galway ranked in the Top 20 of the Global Destination Sustainability Index 2018/19

Galway named as one of the greenest cities in the world to host a business event

Galway has been ranked as one of the top cities on the latest Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index, a rating system designed to recognise responsible practices in the business tourism and events industry.

Entering the Index for the first time, Galway has been ranked in the top 20, with other Irish cities and regions also being recognised for their green credentials. Dublin jumped from 27th place in 2017 to 24th place this year. Cork was ranked in 30th place, while Limerick and Kerry ranked 36th and 37th place respectively.

Global Destination Sustainability Index Rankings are designed to help MICE planners choose progressive destinations with top sustainability credentials. The Index is compiled by measuring and comparing the social and environmental sustainability strategies, policies and performance of participating cities around the world.
Galway Convention Bureau, which lead the city’s application, welcomed the news: Rose Finn, General Manager of Galway Convention Bureau said “we are delighted to break into the top 20 destinations in our first year. We can now market Galway as the most sustainable destination in Ireland to the global events industry which may help secure future sustainable conference business to Galway”.

Sam Johnston, Manager of Convention Bureaux of Ireland at Failte Ireland, added: “Congratulations to Galway Convention Bureau on their successful application for the city to be officially recognised for its outstanding green credentials in hosting business meetings and events. At Fáilte Ireland, we were delighted to support this application as well as those from Dublin, Cork, Kerry and Limerick/Shannon. The fact that every region has ranked on the Index is testament to our sustainable approach to developing business tourism across the country. We will continue to strive towards the highest standards of sustainability in everything we do, and hope to rank even higher in future years.”

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