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.

Recently the CTS Members particpated in

The Open Consultation Meeting, Advancing the Measurement of Sustainable Tourism Development with the participation of CTS representatives from Colombia, Lithuania, Montenegro and IYHF, Madrid, June 2016

7th CTS meeting, with the participation of representatives from China, Colombia and Morocco, IYHF and Chile as Observer, Teleconference, June 2016

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, FITUR, January 2017


Contributed to the report prepared by the UNWTO Secretariat “Promotion of sustainable tourism, including ecotourism, for poverty eradication and environment protection” submitted to the UN General Assembly and adopted with resolution 71/240 of 27 January 2016.

Contributed to the new rules and structures guiding the Operation and Management of the UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO).

Engaged on the work related to SCP guidelines and the global survey on SCP in tourism planning within the framework of 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production -  Sustainable Tourism Programme 10YFP STP

Engaged on the preparations for the 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.


Vice-Chairman/Acting 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