Cities don’t get much greener than Australia’s very own Melbourne, which was recognised as being one of the most sustainable destinations in the world.

Melbourne was named the eighth most sustainable city in the world for business travel in the Global Destination Sustainability Index, and number one for the entire Asia-Pacific region.

Victoria’s capital reached an impressive position after the local government and the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) improved its best practice sustainability initiatives.


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Well done! Although Melbourne’s environmentally-friendly approach is somewhat unsurprising considering it’s the chosen home to two of travel’s most sustainable brands – G Adventures and Intrepid Travel.

Green areas in which the local government and the MCB excelled in over the last year include introducing a dedicated sustainability steering committee, improving access to sustainable resources, educating stakeholders, supporting suppliers to obtain sustainability certification and more.


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MCB Chief Executive, Karen Bolinger, said MCB had worked hard in partnership with the City of Melbourne to promote the value of sustainable practices for the city’s business events industry.

“Making Melbourne a sustainable destination for international business events is a key goal for MCB.”

Karen Bolinger, MCB Chief Executive


“We recognise that many clients want to host events in-line with recognised sustainability standards, so we have enlisted a team of sustainability champions to inspire all our industry stakeholders to take action.”


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