Melbourne ranked at the top in Asia-Pacific for sustainability

Recognised as a global sustainability leader, Melbourne has cemented its number one position as a sustainable city in the Asia-Pacific region for business events in the Global Destination Sustainability Index.

Ranked number 11 in the world overall, Melbourne and Melbourne Convention Bureau's (MCB) sustainability performance was evaluated based on the city environmental strategy and infrastructure, city social sustainability performance, industry supplier support and MCB strategy and initiatives.

The GDS-Index is a collaborative business initiative that aims to promote the sustainable growth of international meeting destinations, highlighting best practices and responsible business tourism. It helps destinations, event planners and business events suppliers to drive and recognise sustainable practices in the business events industry. MCB partnered with City of Melbourne and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) on the GDS-Index.

MCB Chief Executive, Julia Swanson, said MCB has worked collaboratively with all its partners and the business events industry on initiatives to strengthen the city’s sustainability credentials.

“Supporting Melbourne as a sustainable destination for international business events is a key goal for MCB. Together, we’re taking proactive steps to ensure that business events in Melbourne result in positive social and environmental impacts that are sustainable and leave a lasting legacy.”

City of Melbourne Lord Mayor, Sally Capp said “In normal circumstances, Melbourne’s business events see 14 million delegates descend on our city each year. It is fantastic that these events are being recognised for their sustainability as well as their contribution to our economy,” the Lord Mayor said. “This incredible accolade shows that Melbourne is leading the Asia Pacific in thinking green while bringing the world’s top minds together for business and innovation. Well done to the Melbourne Convention Bureau, and every Melbourne venue and supplier that helped us secure the top position.”


Tags: Sustainability, Melbourne, Meetings Industry