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Tourism Committee
Mr. Armando Peres   
Mr. Peter Laimer   
Mr. Olivier Lacoste   
Mr. Spyridon Parthenis   
Mr. Ichiro Takahashi   
Ms. Hyeri Han   
Mr. Javier Guillermo-Molina   
Mr. Sérgio Guerreiro   
Mr. Richard Kämpf   
Ms. Isabel Hill   
(United States)
Mr. Eric Philippart   
New Zealand   
Czech Republic   
Slovak Republic   
United Kingdom   
United States   
Russian Federation   
South Africa   
Observers (International Organisations):   
Council of Europe (COE)   
World Bank   
Date of creation:
30th September 1961
31st December 2016

Mandate:   -   Resolution of the Council [C(2011)142] approved at its 877th session held on 18 November 2011 [CE/M(2011)13/PROV, item 104]




Resolution of the Council [C(2011)142 and CE/M(2011)13/PROV, item 104]




   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 Resolution of the Council concerning the participation of non-Members in the work of subsidiary bodies of the Organisation [C(2004)132/FINAL];

   Having regard to paragraph 33 of the Report of the Preparatory Committee;

   Having regard to the recommendations of the In-depth Evaluation of the Tourism Committee [C/M(2006)11, Item 142];

   Having regard to the Resolution of the Council Concerning the Revision and Renewal of the mandate of the Tourism Committee [C(2006)182];

   Having regard to the Resolution of the Council concerning the revision and renewal of the mandate of the Tourism Committee [C(2011)142];

   Considering that tourism is a significant contributor of wealth and employment to economies;

   On the proposal of the Secretary-General;


1.   The Tourism Committee will support Members and, as appropriate, non-Members to:

a)maximise the economic, social and environmental benefits of tourism through medium and long-term strategic development, soundly-developed tourism policy and an integrated governmental approach promoting a greater coherence between tourism and other policies (e.g. education, environment, innovation, labour, safety and security, trade or transport);

b)promote, in a globalisation and decentralisation context, sustainable tourism development as a source of economic growth, job creation and development in both major centres and regional areas;

c)improve the competitiveness and the image of destinations to make them more attractive to the local population, visitors and investors, for the benefit of the whole economy;

d)design, adopt and implement policy reforms in tourism to enhance long-run productivity and growth performance;

e)contribute to the advancement of international co-operation in the tourism sector.

2.   To achieve these objectives, the Tourism Committee will be responsible for analysing and developing tourism-related policy recommendations. In the context of this mission, the Tourism Committee will:

a)prepare tourism policy analysis and evaluation, identify good policy and business practices to meet major challenges, provide policy advice and be a clearing house for information on tourism policy;

b)share knowledge and experiences to identify best practices on tourism-related policies and strategies, particularly in the areas of competitiveness, consumer protection,
e-commerce, governance, innovation, labour, legislation, local development, productivity and skills, SMEs and entrepreneurship, sustainability, trade and taxation;

c)carry out in-depth tourism industry and market analysis to help Members, non-Members and the travel and tourism industry realise the overall economic, social and environmental benefits of tourism;

d)improve the measurement of international and domestic tourism services by addressing government and industry information needs; promoting the tourism satellite account; and contributing to the dissemination and effective use of high-quality data on tourism economics for business and policy analysis and decision-making processes, including through the promotion of tourism intelligence networks;

e)provide a forum for dialogue, innovations and benchmarking on tourism issues and policies and disseminate results through the OECD website, publications and thematic conferences.

3.   The actions undertaken by the Tourism Committee should be guided by the following operating principles. The Tourism Committee will:

a)contribute to implementing the strategic objectives of the Organisation; develop, as appropriate, active links to the Organisation’s horizontal programmes; maintain close working relations with other relevant bodies in the Organisation to complement and support analysis and discuss tourism aspects of questions raised; and, where appropriate, undertake joint projects;

b)develop partnerships with the private sector and other stakeholders to build a shared vision of strategic developments and, where appropriate, organise forums to explore timely issues and develop policy recommendations;

c)engage non-Members in support of the OECD’s overall strategy, in accordance with the Global Relations Strategy of the Tourism Committee, and share with them the results of its work;

d)contribute to the promotion of the importance of tourism in the global economy, co-operate closely with other international organisations active in the field of tourism and work in synergy to ensure that activities are complementary.

   The Mandate of the Tourism Committee shall remain in force until 31 December 2016.

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