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Tourism Committee
Mr. Sérgio GUERREIRO   
Ms. Krista APSE   
Ms. Roberta GARIBALDI   
Mr. Tsunashige SHIROTORI   
Mr. Richard KÄMPF   
Ms. Jennifer AGUINAGA   
(United States)
Participation Plan   
Open to all Member countries 
Observers (International Organisations):   
Council of Europe (COE)   
World Bank   
Date of creation:
30th September 1961
31st December 2026

Mandate:   Resolution of the Council approved at its 1430th Session held on 14-15 September 2021 [C(2021)124, Annex, and C/M(2021)17, item 189]



Resolution of the Council [C(2021)124, Annex]




HAVING REGARD to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14 December 1960;

HAVING REGARD to the Rules of Procedure of the Organisation;

HAVING REGARD to the Revised Resolution of the Council on Partnerships in OECD Bodies [C(2012)100/REV1/FINAL];

HAVING REGARD to paragraph 33 of the Report of the Preparatory Committee concerning the creation of a Tourism Committee, whose mandate was last revised in 2016 [C(2016)95 and C/M(2016)12, Item 155];

HAVING REGARD to the results of the second cycle of the In-depth Evaluation of the Tourism Committee [C(2014)66] and [C/M(2014)8, Item 102];

HAVING REGARD to the Policy Statement – Tourism Policies for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth [CFE/TOU(2017)12] endorsed by Member and Partner countries at the High Level Meeting on Tourism on 3 October 2017;

CONSIDERING that tourism is a significant contributor of wealth and employment to economies, and impacts the environment and the quality of life of societies;

RECOGNISING the COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented crisis for the tourism economy, and co-ordinated, forward-looking action across all levels of government will be needed to support sustainable recovery of tourism businesses, destinations and the tourism ecosystem, and to prepare for future shocks, while staying ahead of the digital curve, supporting the low carbon transition, and promoting the structural transformation needed to build a safer, stronger, more sustainable and resilient tourism economy;

HAVING REGARD to the proposed revision of the mandate of the Tourism Committee [C(2021)124];


A.   The Tourism Committee (hereafter the “Committee”) is renewed with the following revised mandate:

I. Objectives

1.The objectives of the Committee are to:

a)Optimise the economic, environmental and socio-cultural benefits of tourism at national and sub-national level through medium and long-term strategic planning and sustainable development, soundly-developed data-driven tourism policy, and an integrated governmental approach promoting greater coherence between tourism and related policies;

b)Promote the development of tourism which supports sustainable consumption and production, builds resilient destinations, fosters innovative businesses, involves and benefits local communities, creates quality jobs, and helps advance the Sustainable Development Goals;

c)Improve the competitiveness, attractiveness and inclusiveness of destinations, through effective destination planning and management approaches that actively involve and benefit local residents, visitors, workers, SMEs and investors, and promote tourism as a tool for economic and public diplomacy and development, environmental conservation, and cultural promotion and understanding;

d)Support the design, adoption and implementation of tourism policy reforms at national and sub-national level to promote green growth, foster digitalisation and enhance long-run value creation through productive, safe, sustainable and resilient tourism performance;

e)Promote mutual understanding of tourism policy developments, disseminate best practices, and advance international co-operation in tourism.

II. Working methods

2.To achieve these objectives, the Committee shall:

a)Carry-out high-profile, influential policy analysis, evaluations and peer-reviews at national, sub-national and thematic level to support strategy development and policy reforms, promote the effective implementation of best practices and integrated approaches ensuring linkages and coherence with related policies;

b)Identify innovative approaches, trade-offs and synergies, and linkages between various key policy perspectives for improved travel and tourism policies;

c)Maintain and develop robust, comparable, granular and timely statistical indicators to strengthen evidence-based analysis and policy performance, providing relevant tourism data online for free;

d)Provide a forum for dialogue, innovation and benchmarking on tourism issues and policies, taking advantage of digital tools and introducing a global and cross-sectoral perspective, including through the Global Forum on Tourism Statistics, Knowledge and Policies;

e)Enhance the visibility and impact of the Committee’s work, and develop user-friendly content and targeted communications utilising a variety of tools, including publications, policy briefs, highlights and events, OECD Tourism Papers, OECD website, social media channels, data visualisation and other online tools to better disseminate to relevant stakeholders.

III. Co-operation arrangements

3.The Committee shall:

a)Collaborate with other relevant bodies of the OECD on cross-cutting issues related to tourism, including transport, trade, investment, crisis management, inclusive growth, digital economy, environment, innovation, health, skills, culture, employment, regional and local development, and SMEs and entrepreneurship;

b)Co-operate, as appropriate, with Business at OECD (BIAC) and the Trade Union Advisory Committee (TUAC) to the OECD, and with the tourism industry, as well as the civil society and academia to support the Committee’s work.

c)Co-operate with other international organisations and fora such as the United Nations World Tourism Organization, United Nations Environment, World Trade Organisation, the G20 and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, as determined by the needs of the Committee’s work.

IV. Duration

B.   The mandate of the Committee shall remain in force until 31 December 2026

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