Lausanne Montreux Congress (LMC), the partnership between Lausanne and Montreux cities, is delighted to announce it has ranked among the top 20 destinations worldwide in the Global Destination Sustainability Index this year. In a ranking system that continues to welcome a growing number of new destinations, LMC has retained a strong ranking from last year, reaffirming its focus and dedication to sustainable measures.
The GDS index recognises the responsible practices and sustainable growth of international meeting destinations in the business tourism and events industry. Destinations are measured in four key areas: performance, industry supplier-support from entities such as hotels and convention centres, social and environmental sustainability strategies and sharing the best practices from around the world.
LMC’s ranking was achieved as a result of several considerations, including their well-established sustainability policies, the eco-labelling of more than 69% of the hotels in the region, the ratification of their Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, and the implementation of free public transport for tourists staying in the region during their stay.
Speaking of the ranking, Olivier Mathieu, LMC Communication Manager said: “Lausanne and Montreux are working effectively together and establishing a good momentum in the progress of sustainability. The goals and determination of our cities are ambitious and we require the involvement of all of our stakeholders to further improve the quality of hospitality and meetings in our beautiful region. Along with the positive environmental and social goals, it is clear that we are also aiming for an economic return on investment.”
Lausanne Tourism and Montreux-Vevey Tourism established the Lausanne Montreux Congress partnership in 2017, with the support of the Canton of Vaud Tourist Office. The collaboration brings together two active business cities with a combined portfolio of four conference centres, over 6,000 hotel rooms, and 283 unmissable meetings and incentive spaces. Since joining forces, LMC has focused on sustainable development and integrating the GDS index in its strategy, in order to limit the impact of business tourism on the exceptional environment of the region.
What makes Lausanne & Montreux a sustainable destination?