Galway ranked as one of the top cities on the latest Global Destination Sustainability Index

Sustainability is now a top line issue for Galway Businesses as Galway has ranked as one of the top cities on the latest Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) Index in 2018. This is a rating system designed to recognise responsible practices in the business tourism and events industry.

Entering the Index for the first time in 2018, Galway was the only Irish destination to rank in the top 20, while other Irish cities and regions such as Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Kerry were recognised for their green credentials.

Last week, Galway Convention Bureau hosted a panel of expert speakers in the area of sustainability in the Connacht Hotel. The workshop for its member hotels highlighted green activities that can lead to huge savings with a positive impact on the environment, but also warned that if our business tourism suppliers are not eco certified and moving in the direction of sustainability, we could lose potential business events.

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“We have a lot of work done but we still need to do more”, said Rose Finn, Galway Convention Bureau Manager on the work of the bureau, the city and its members in the area of sustainability. “We have a number of international conference enquiries with sustainable related topics who demand the host destination reach their green credentials, however it’s not only these type of conferences, others are now looking to reduce their carbon impact on the environment by choosing a sustainable destination to host their business event”.

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.

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. We will continue to strive towards the highest standards of sustainability in everything we do, and hope to rank even higher in all regions in future years.”

The workshop panel included Jenny Cooper from Oakwood Farm on the topic of bees, and how we can incorporate biodiversity into our business model. Michelle O Dowd and Lorraine Rushe from NUI Galway on how they formed a sustainable team and achieved their Green Flag Award. Raquel Noboa on Eco Tourism Company 50 shades greener. Maurice Bergin Green Hospitality Programme and Eveanna Ryan Connacht Hospitality presented a case study on the Connacht Hotel Galway’s largest hotel accommodation provider on the savings and activities their green team has achieved in the last 12 months to include increasing their recyclable rates by 56% year on year. They have had a reduction in energy usage of 20%, in Paper usage by 19% and they have reduced their disposable cup usage by 75%. That’s good going by anyone’s standards!