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Paris enters the world’s top 30 sustainable destinations

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After joining the GDS Index (Global Destination Sustainability Movement) in 2021 in 55th place, Paris is now in 25th position with 74.34% completion of the sustainability criteria of this international ranking and has jumped 30 places, thus reaching the Top 30 destinations worldwide in 2022. The capital is also in second place in the “Most Improved Awards”, after Bangkok and ahead of Barcelona, Bergen and Belfast, a distinction that rewards the cities that have made the most progress in the ranking.

The GDS Index is the leading international ranking for analysing and improving the sustainability performance of destinations, bringing together cities that recognise the urgent need to reinvent themselves. The 70 criteria that make up the GDS Index cover environmental performance, social progress, supply chain performance of the meetings and conventions industry, and the responsible commitments of local tourism boards and Destination Management Organisations.

By joining the GDS Index in 2021, the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau has committed to measuring the impact of tourism in Paris on the city, in order to better understand its impact and drive a real transformation of the visitor experience towards a more sustainable model.

Corinne Menegaux, Director General of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “We are very happy and proud of the results of the 2022 ranking, which illustrate and reward the commitments and actions implemented by all Parisian actors for a more sustainable tourism in the capital. We will continue our efforts!”

In first place in the GDS Index – 2022 is Gothenburg, followed by Bergen and Copenhagen. Two other French cities are in 5th and 11th place respectively: Bordeaux and Lyon.

Beyond the actions undertaken in Paris, the GDS-Index has enabled several French cities to unite and strengthen their cooperation on these issues. The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau is thus involved in regular and reinforced collaboration with Lyon, Toulouse, Marseille, Bordeaux and Nantes, to name but a few. This sharing of challenges and good practices allows us to improve collectively for a more responsible tourism and event activity on a national scale