Singapore joins GDS-Index, promotes sustainable development
This move contributes to the island nation’s current efforts within the framework of its Green Plan 2030 Singaporea national campaign to promote the path towards sustainable development of the island nation.
Singapore’s participation in the GDS-Index also shows that this Southeast Asian country is consolidating its position as a destination that is constantly evolving and changing to increase sustainability, alongside other destinations in the region such as: Bangkok and Sarawak. Some other cities that also participate in the GDS-Index include Gothenburg, Copenhagen and Glasgow.
Mr. Keith Tan, Director General of the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), said: “Sustainable development is a priority for Singapore’s tourism industry because it is vital to the future of the island nation, and tourists are becoming more and more aware of the impacts of this activity. Becoming a leading sustainable urban destination will require long-term commitment from both the government and the tourism industry, which is why Singapore’s participation in the GDS-Index is important. This attitude helps focus our collective efforts and helps us track our progress as a city in the midst of nature, where small impacts on the environment bring big change.” .
The GDS-Index is a program to assess and improve the sustainability of destinations around the world. This indicator is annually used to assess a destination’s current social and environmental performance, thereby driving performance improvement.
Outstanding results on sustainable development
Based on Singapore’s positioning as a city in the midst of nature, Singapore’s participation in the GDS-Index is in line with the vision and goals of SGP2030. This is a plan that represents ambitions and goals for the next 10 years, and reinforces Singapore’s commitments under the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement. These commitments help promote Singapore as a more sustainable urban destination and aim for the island nation to reach its long-term net-zero emissions target as soon as possible.
STB became a member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) in October 2021 and strongly supports domestic tourism businesses in their sustainable development journey.
Some initiatives to develop sustainable tourism in Singapore
In March this year, STB and the Singapore Hotel Association announced the launch of a roadmap for the sustainable development of the hotel industry. The roadmap sets out clear goals and strategies for hotels to apply in their sustainable development roadmap. In addition, the roadmap outlines related strategies and initiatives to leverage technology and innovations to help hotels achieve these goals.
The Singapore Tourism Promotion Program has also connected cutting-edge technology and sustainable solutions with tourism businesses. For example, local startup Lumitics has helped Millennium & Copthorne International Limited reduce food waste and lower costs through solutions that combine artificial intelligence, data analytics, and recognition software. know the image.
Resorts World Sentosa continues to integrate sustainability practices in its operations, invest in innovative sustainable solutions, and engage customers and partners through training programs. and approaches to promote environmental conservation.
The Marina Bay Sands (MBS) complex puts sustainability at the heart of its operations and sees the move’s contribution to total revenue. Since 2012, MBS has reduced carbon emissions by more than 30% through investments in smart building management systems, in-building artificial intelligence data analytics and efficient carbon technology measures. other fruit.
Mandai Wildlife Group introduces Manda’s environmentally sustainable development strategy and green procurement roadmap. Meanwhile, Sentosa Development Corporation launches a sustainable development roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and become a globally recognized and certified sustainable tourism destination.
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