IMPACT Speakers

Guy Bigwood

2024 Impact Speaker Guy Bigwood


CEO and Chief Changemaker, Global Destination Sustainability Movement

For the last 18 years, Guy has been delivering award-winning consulting services focused on helping cities, governments, and the tourism/events industry step up, scale up and speed up their sustainability programmes.

Guy is a recognised expert on creating regenerative destinations and events. He is the founder of the GDS-Index and Chief Changemaker of the Global Destinations Sustainability Movement; a transformation platform that inspires, educates and enables destinations to become more regenerative, flourishing and resilient places to visit, meet and live in. Guy has worked with over 100 DMOs and NTOs to help them create, implement and communicate their regenerative tourism strategies.

Previously Guy was the President of the Green Meeting Industry Council and the Sustainability Director of MCI Guy’s pioneering work has been recognised with 23 sustainability awards including the Events Industry Council Pacesetter Award, the IMEX-EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award, and the UNWTO Innovation Award. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment.

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