In a report at Travel Daily News on the 16th August state “Sarawak as first Malaysian state to join Global Destination Sustainability Index”. 

Sarawak is joining the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) for Business Events and Tourism by launching the GDSI Partnership Program – Sarawak Region (GDSI-Sarawak Partner) comprising 30 committee members consisting of local government ministries and agencies, academia, associations, and industry partners. This initiative and partnership are a world-first for Malaysia. 

The GDS-Index is a globally recognized 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. 

To kickstart the Index, Kuching city has been selected as the pilot project which positions Kuching as 1 of the 75 progressive destinations in the world to undertake the GDS-Index. Upon successful completion and understanding, the assessment will expand to other cities in Sarawak such as Sibu, Miri, and other major towns in the future. 

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