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 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.

The Committee Members contributed to

The validation of the Secretariat’s work in the field of sustainable tourism, including the recent report and support of the UN General Assembly Resolution 69/233 on “Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection”.

Supporting the evidence-based policy making in the field of sustainable tourism, including the new framework for the International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO).

Consultation of the Sustainable Tourism Programme (STP) of the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production (10YFP).

Validation of the Secretariat’s research on “Towards Measuring the Economic Value of Wildlife Watching Tourism in Africa”.


Acting Chairman: Colombia
Vice-Chairman: Colombia
State Members (2015-2019)

Representative of the Associate Members (2015-2017)
Puerto Rico

Representative of the Affiliate Members (2015-2017)
Consolidated Tourism and Investment Consultants Limited (CTICO), Chairman of the Affiliate Members Board
International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF)/Hostelling International 

Eighth meeting of the CTS, Public Meeting on the Occasion of the Official Opening of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
(Madrid, Spain, 18 January 2017)

[Fifth meeting of the CTS (Medellín, Colombia, 13 September 2015)]

Click here to see more pictures of the Fifth meeting of the CTS, held on the sidelines of the 21st UNWTO General Assembly in Medellín, Colombia