Committee on Tourism and Sustainability (CTS)
The Committee on Tourism and Sustainability (CTS) was established, with the aim of replacing the former Sustainable Development of Tourism Committee (SDTC), at the 95th session of the Executive Council (Belgrade, Serbia, May 2013) (CE/DEC/7(XCV). Its Rules of Procedure (CE/96/2(i)) were approved by the Council at its 96th session (Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, August 2013) (CE/DEC/9(XCVI).
The Committee is a subsidiary, technical body of the Executive Council. Its principal role is to monitor the implementation of the programme of work under "Sustainable Development of Tourism", assist the Secretariat in said implementation, and report and make recommendations to the Executive Council as well as other bodies of the Organization as required.
Members of the CTS
Chair (2020-2021): Egypt
Vice-Chair (2020-2021): Serbia
State Members (2019-2023): Algeria, Angola, Bhutan, Croatia, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Philippines, Serbia
Representative of the Associate Members (2019-2021): Flanders
Representative of the Affiliate Members (2019-2021): Chairman of the Affiliate Members Board: Feria Internacional de Turismo (FITUR), Spain
The meetings of the committee are usually convened by teleconference. However, in-person meetings are regularly conducted on the occasion of UNWTO´s General Assembly as well as public meetings with invited experts.
12th Meeting of the CTS, Saint Petersburg – Russian Federation, 10 September 2019
The 12th meeting of the CTS took place on the occasion of UNWTO’s 23rd General Assembly. The meeting’s agenda included updates on the Secretariat’s work on the Baseline Report on the integration of sustainable consumption and production into tourism policies and the implementation of sustainable tourism policies through the International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) of UNWTO. In addition, the Secretariat shared the results of the UNWTO/International Transport Forum (ITF) research on the transportation related CO2 emissions of the tourism sector as well as UNWTO’s role in CBD’s Informal Advisory Group on Mainstreaming Biodiversity Contribution.
11th Meeting of the CTS, Public Meeting, FITUR Madrid - Spain, 17 January 2018
The 11th CTS public meeting, which took place in the framework of the FITUR, focused on the follow-up and way forward on the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development celebrated in 2017, discussed the preparation process towards the 2018 High-level political forum on sustainable development, addressed the integration of sustainable consumption and production (SCP) into national tourism policies and reviewed the key milestones of the report on the Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection to be submitted to the General Assembly of the United Nations at its 72nd meeting in accordance with Assembly resolution 67/223. It counted with the participation of representatives from China, Colombia, Lithuania, Mexico and SEGITTUR (Spain), as members of the CTS and invited experts.
10th Meeting of the CTS, Chengdu - China, 11 September 2017
The 10th meeting of the CTS took place on the occasion of UNWTO´s General Assembly. The meeting´s agenda included updates on the Secretariat´s work related to the celebrations of the International Year on Sustainable Tourism for Development, the research on Integrating Sustainable Consumption and Production into Tourism Policy, the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme, the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories, the UNGA report on Sustainable Tourism and Sustainable Development in Central America, the High Level Task Force on Tourism and Security and the upcoming 2017 Global INSTO meeting.
8th Meeting of the CTS, Public Meeting, FITUR Madrid - Spain, 18 January 2017
The 8th CTS meeting which took place on the occasion of the Official Opening of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development in the framework of FITUR used the format of a public meeting to show cast the consultative process and discussed both elements of strategic importance to sustainable development, planning and measurement. It counted with the participation of representatives from China, Colombia, Lithuania, Mexico, Morocco, Peru, IYHF and SEGITTUR (Spain), as members of the CTS and invited experts.
5th Meeting of the CTS, Medellin - Colombia, 13 September 2015
The 5th meeting of the CTS was held in the framework of the 21st session of the UNWTO General Assembly. During the meeting the new elected members of the CTS for the period 2015-2019 were introduced to the committee.