For the third time in a row, Berlin has been ranked among the most coveted places in the most important international sustainability ranking for the tourism and events industry.

Among major cities with more than 1.5 million inhabitants, Berlin placed sixth. With an overall performance of 77 percent, the German capital managed to improve its ranking in the “Global Destination Sustainability Index” by three percent – among more than 100 destinations from all over the world for the first time. The ranking was announced at the GDS Forum in Valencia.

Berlin ranks behind Glasgow, Singapore, Paris, Melbourne and Sydney, but is positioned ahead of Montreal, Barcelona, the Flanders region and Sapporo in the ranking of the most sustainable metropolises. As compared to the previous year, Singapore moved up from eighth to second place, overtaking Berlin. Berlin’s positive development shows that the German capital can hold its own very well in the global competition of the most sustainable destinations.

In terms of ecology, social and economic sustainability: The “Global Destination Sustainability Index” takes a keen look at these three sustainability dimensions. A total of 69 qualitative and quantitative criteria are applied to ascertain how sustainably cities actually operate. The objective behind the ranking process is to promote the sustainable development of international destinations and responsible business tourism.

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