A step towards sustainability : Sarawak first...
A step towards sustainability

Sarawak first Malaysian State to join GDS-Index

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The Malaysian state Sarawak has joined the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) for Business Events and Tourism by launching the GDSI Partnership Programme - Sarawak Region (GDSI-Sarawak Partner) comprising 30 committee members consisting of local government ministries and agencies, academia, associations and industry partners.

The GDS-Index is a globally recognised benchmarking system that will rank Sarawak’s business events and tourism sustainability performance. The assessment will be based on 71 indicators across 4 key areas, which are environmental performance, social progress performance, destination supplier performance, and destination management performance. The Index is fully aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) Destination Criteria, which is part and parcel of Sarawak’s Post COVID-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) for Tourism to make Sarawak a leading destination for ecotourism and sustainable business events by 2030.
„More business events planners are making decisions based on sustainability performances.“
Amelia Roziman, CEO Business Events Sarawak
Environmental sustainability is in tandem with Business Events Sarawak’s Legacy Impact motion, emphasising the long-term, positive impacts of business events. Under the Legacy Impact pillar of Environmental, the GDS-Index is a catalytic assessment. “Sustainable conventions, exhibitions, corporate meetings and corporate incentives are a must,” said Amelia Roziman, Business Events Sarawak’s CEO. “More business events planners are making decisions based on sustainability performances and this matter goes as deep as evaluating social inclusiveness and the return on investment of their events. These factors also affect international and national delegates’ decision to visit Sarawak for business events.”

To date, GDSI-Sarawak Partner is in the process of data consolidation. The initiative will hold bi-annual check-ins to compile results and recommendations and update policies that encourage a pledge of commitment from all involved parties and stakeholders.