ICCA and GDS team up to expand members’ sustainability horizons

GDS aims to to provide destination marketing and management organisations with high quality, unique and specialised learning and development experiences about regenerative tourism and events

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has partnered with Global Destination Sustainability (GDS) to support ICCA members as they create and implement sustainability changes.

One immediate benefit of this partnership is that ICCA members can register for GDS Academy – which launched on June 9, 2021 – to earn the GDS – ICCA Certificate in Regenerative Destination Management.

GDS aims to provide destination marketing and management organisations with specialised learning about regenerative tourism and events

By accessing the expertise of GDS, ICCA members worldwide can ensure they meet the increasing demands for sustainable events and develop innovative strategies that will help the industry drive the global sustainability movement.

The GDS-Academy offers education as open-enrollment online classes for professionals, and online/hybrid learning for organisations and destinations. The ultimate goal of the academy is to enable positive social, environmental and economic regeneration through tourism and events based on a refreshed understanding of what it takes for a sector to thrive.

“Sustainability is simply essential for the future of our industry. As such, it is vital that the association meetings community takes an active role in developing and implementing sustainable event strategies that are of the highest standards and fully aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals,” said ICCA’s CEO Senthil Gopinath.

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