Bangkok, Thailand came second on the list of
Asian destinations in the latest Global Destination Sustainability
The GDS-Index, a Scandinavian initiative
and the first sustainability ranking for event
destinations worldwide, is a collaborative partnership between
International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA),
European Cities Marketing, IMEX and the MCI Group.
According to the index, the top five Asian cities
with highest overall scores are Kyoto (Japan), Bangkok (Thailand), Goyang (South Korea), Sapporo (Japan), and Dubai (United Arab
Emirates) respectively. Bangkok ranked second in Asia and 21st in
the world according to the GDS-Index.
The ranking was measured
across four key areas including 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).
Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, President of
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) or
TCEB, said, “Given the fact that international MICE travellers
increasingly focus on sustainability while the GDS-Index aligns
with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, therefore,
this ranking certainly benefits both MICE industry and Thailand at
the same time.”
According to ICCA and UFI, the Global
Association of the Exhibition Industry, Thailand currently ranks fifth in
Asia for international conventions and seventh in Asia for
international exhibitions. Both indexes spotlighted Thailand as
the number one destination for conventions and exhibitions among
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