The launch today (Monday, 24 October) of the Sustainable Tourism and Conventions Action Plan demonstrates Glasgow’s commitment to becoming one of Europe’s most sustainable cities, enhancing its reputation as a leading international destination for responsible business and leisure tourism.
Glasgow is already recognised as a leading sustainable tourism and conference destination, ranking 4th in the world on the Global Destination Sustainability Index of responsible tourism and events cities, and it is the only city in the UK to achieve EarthCheck Benchmark Community status.
The new Action Plan – developed by Glasgow Life in association with VisitScotland and The Travel Foundation – has been created to drive further positive climate change to help Glasgow achieve its aim of becoming the UK’s first Carbon Neutral City by 2030 and creating a stronger, regenerative circular economy.
Aligned to the Glasgow Declaration announced at COP26, the UN Conference on Climate Change, the Action Plan is designed to support Glasgow in meeting Scotland’s NetZero target and the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. These key objectives underpin the People Make Glasgow Greener Strategy which affirms the city’s vision to move ‘from steam, to green’. Supporting this, the Plan sets out the key actions being undertaken to help accelerate the incorporation of sustainability into every aspect of Glasgow’s tourism and conventions sectors.
At a time when recovery from the impacts of the pandemic continues to be a priority, the Action Plan also aims to support economic renewal to boost industry performance. Helping industry partners reduce the environmental impact of their practices, products and services will enable them to benefit from the many advantages of supporting responsible tourism – such as capitalising on major forthcoming events in the city, including the by ensuring alignment to their sustainable mission.