Members of the Multi-Stakeholder Advisory Committee (MAC)

The 10YFP STP MAC is composed by committed institutions from different geographic regions and categories (governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector businesses, intergovernmental organizations as well as academia and UN agencies) and acts as a forum for consultation, advice and support to the Lead, Co-Leads and Coordination Desk for the implementation of the 10YFP STP. Current MAC members are the following:

Fair Trade Tourism (FTT)

Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) is a non-profit organisation which is leading the way forward in the development of sustainable and responsible tourism in southern Africa and beyond. It grows awareness about responsible tourism to travellers, assisting tourism businesses to operate more sustainably and facilitating the FTT certification programme across southern Africa. The FTT label stands for fair wages and working conditions, fair purchasing and operations, equitable distribution of benefits and respect for human rights, culture and the environment. It also ensures that the people who contribute their land, resources, labour and knowledge to tourism are the ones who reap the benefits. For more information please visit:


Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) of Germany

Within the Federal German Government, BMUB is responsible for environment, nature conservation, building and nuclear safety. Within its mandate it works on issues such as climate protection, resource efficiency as well as biodiversity protection that are closely interlinked with tourism and the sustainable development of tourism. For more information please visit:


Federation of Tourism Enterprises of Chile (FEDETUR)
FEDETUR gathers 9 trade associations plus some 25 leading companies from all segments of the tourism industry: hotels, airlines, tour operators, rent-a-cars, casinos, etc. In total, FEDETUR reunites some 1.500 companies of all sizes. Its field of action is mainly on tourism policy issues, acting as private sector counterpart to government and Parliament. Current main areas of action are: reform of Tourism Law; creation of new, public-private tourism agency for promotion, quality and sustainability; promoting sustainability and certification; lobbying for basic infrastructure for tourism; and other issues. For more information please visit:


Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC)
The Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) serves as the international body for fostering increased knowledge and understanding of sustainable tourism practices, promoting the adoption of universal sustainable tourism principles and building demand for sustainable travel. This is accomplished through the work executed by its diverse programs: international standard setting, destinations, education and training, market access, and accreditation. At the heart of this work are the Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. For more information please visit:


IUCN WCPA Tourism and Protected Areas Specialist Group
The vision of the TAPAS Group is a future where tourism in protected areas has a positive impact on biodiversity, and where tourism is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. The mission of TAPAS group is to provide a forum where people collaborate, stimulate dialogue, share expertise, develop and disseminate knowledge, and enhance learning, in order to enable the planning, development and management of sustainable tourism in Protected Areas. For more information please click here.


Japan Ecolodge Association
Japan Ecolodge Association (ECOLA) endeavors to disseminate the ecolodge concepts by offering the GSTC recognized Environmentally Sustainable Accommodations International Standard (ESAIS) and the certification program. We firmly believe that the locally operated low-impact nature-based lodges with educational and interpretative programs can lead to help conservation and improve sustainability of surrounding nature while revitalizing the local economy. For more information please visit:


Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development of France
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development has impelled, through its Tourism Department, works and actions dedicated to sustainable tourism in order to develop, highlight and support attractive offers. France has also led the Global Sustainable Tourism Programme (GSTP) until 2013. Beyond this, France promotes sustainable tourism in its bilateral cooperation agreements. The Ministry also aims to support sectors and companies with innovative know-how in sustainable tourism in their business in France but also in their exportations abroad. For more information please visit:


Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile
Within the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism  of Chile, the Undersecretary of Tourism of Chile has experience in planning and implementation of sustainable tourism policies and tools. The Undersecretary of Tourism leads the National Plan for Sustainable Tourism, the Action Plan for Sustainable Tourism in Protected Areas, the Committee for the implementation of the Sustainable Standards of Lodging and Tour Operators, among other initiatives. For more information please visit:


Ministry of Tourism of Bahamas

The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism has demonstrated leadership in sustainable tourism development in the past 25 to 30 years and has been integrally involved in sustainable development initiatives of several organizations locally, regionally and internationally. This institution has served as the Chairman of the Sustainable Tourism Development Unit of the Association of Caribbean States (ACS), the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) as well as Chairman of the UNWTO’s Committee on Tourism and Sustainability. The Bahamas has been the first country to develop a set of sustainable tourism policy guidelines and to establish a sustainable tourism unit to assist in the sustainable development of the tourism sector. For more information please visit:

Ministry of Tourism of Croatia

The Ministry of Tourism deals with strategies, policies, legal framework and it consists of four divisions. According to its Strategy 2020, any tourism development should be based on principles of sustainability and the Ministry shall assist the development of tourism on the entire territory through Action Plans and throughout the year (currently tourism is rather seasonal). Additionally the Ministry aims to use any available funds for “greening” tourism while connecting horizontally with other line Ministries and any other stakeholders in making tourism more sustainable through innovation, especially in energy use, reduction of waste and assisting the private sector in any initiative that is bringing more sustainability to their practices. For more information please visit:


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

The mission of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. The OECD works with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change and measures productivity and global flows of trade and investment. The OECD Tourism Committee acts as the forum for exchange and for monitoring policies and structural changes affecting the development of domestic and international tourism. The Committee provides policy-makers with concrete analysis of key challenges and policy responses that will shape tourism in the years to come. For more information please visit:


Rainforest Alliance (RA)
Founded in 1987, RA works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. RA approach includes training and certification to promote healthy ecosystems and communities in some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems. RA works with forward-thinking farmers, foresters and tourism entrepreneurs to conserve natural resources and ensure the long-term economic health of forest communities. In order for a farm or forestry enterprise to achieve Rainforest Alliance certification, or for a tourism business to be verified, it must meet rigorous standards designed to protect ecosystems, safeguard the well-being of local communities and improve productivity. The Rainforest Alliance then links these farmers, foresters and tourism businesses to the growing global community of conscientious consumers through the green frog seal. For more information please visit:


Rural Tourism Network (RTN)
The Rural Tourism Network (RTN) was established with the aim to design, develop, promote, and market sustainable and authentic rural tourism products and strategies that minimize negative impacts on the surrounding ecosystems and cultures while increasing positive contribution to biodiversity conservation, cultural heritage preservation, community development and enhanced green economies. In addition, the Pro-Poor, Tourism led, social enterprise business model by RTN aims to ensure that the proceeds from rural tourism are retained locally and fairly distributed among host communities, local farmers and service providers. 


South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)
The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is an intergovernmental organization with a mandate to market and develop the Pacific region’s tourism industry. Its membership includes 17 Pacific island governments and the People’s Republic of China. In addition to government members, SPTO has about 200 private sector members. In addition to its mandate, SPTO’s goals are to improve air and sea access to Pacific islands, enhance the brand “South Pacific” and develop capacity of government and private sector for sustainable tourism. For more information please visit:


Sustainable Travel International (STI)
Since 2002, Sustainable Travel International has been working to improve lives and protect places by providing businesses and destinations with the guidance and support they need to plan responsibly for the future. We have found that the best approach to creating long-term sustainability is through empowerment— by providing stakeholders with the direction they need to effectively plan for, manage, monitor and promote their own path to safeguarding their future. For more information please visit:


The Long Run
The Long Run is a sustainable development initiative led by nature-based tourism businesses aspiring to conserve 20 million acres of biodiversity and improve the life of 2 million people by 2020. The organisation believes that business, and tourism specifically, can help address the unprecedented social and environmental challenges the world is facing. The Long Run represents a global community of people at the frontline of conservation, committed to protecting the planet and improving the well being of people by leveraging the power of their tourism enterprises. Lifting sustainable tourism to its rightful place in Global Policy and Development is a core aspiration of The Long Run. For more information please visit:


TUI Group
TUI Group is the world’s number one tourism business. From now on, the broad portfolio gathered under the Group umbrella will consist of strong tour operators, 1,800 travel agencies and leading online portals, six airlines more than 130 aircraft, over 300 hotels with 210,000 beds, twelve cruise liners and countless incoming agencies in all major holiday destinations around the globe. This integrated offering will enable us to provide our 30 million customers with an unmatched holiday experience in 180 regions. A key feature of our corporate culture is our global responsibility for economic, environmental and social sustainability. This is reflected in more than 20 years of commitment to sustainable tourism. In 2013/14 financial year the TUI Group with a headcount of 77,000 recorded turnover of €18.7 bn and an operating result of €869m. The TUI Group’s share is listed on the London Stock Exchange in the FTSE index and in the regulated market of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. For more information please visit:

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)  is helping countries eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and exclusion by finding global and national solutions for: adopting economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development pathways; strengthening inclusive  and effective democratic governance  and advancing gender equality; and building resilience through on-the ground policy, programming, capacity development, South-South cooperation, and coordination across the United nations system and with partners in more than 170 countries and territories. For more information please visit

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Established in 1972, UNEP is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment. UNEP work encompasses: assessing global, regional and national environmental conditions and trends; developing international and national environmental instruments; and strengthening institutions for the wise management of the environment. For more information please visit:


World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC)
WTTC is the authority on Travel and Tourism, raising awareness on the economic and social benefits of the sector to governments and the wider society. WTTC is a membership organization and its members consist of the CEOs of the largest and leading private sector companies across the T&T sector. As such, WTTC represents the voice of the global private sector and is committed to the sustainable development of T&T and works on three strategic priorities to achieve this: freedom to travel – facilitating the movement of people around the world (visas, border security etc.); policies for growth – a regulatory environment which supports the sustainable growth of the sector (taxation, investment, planning regimes etc.); Tourism for Tomorrow – mainstreaming sustainability throughout the industry. For more information please visit:


For more information please contact the 10YFP Sustainable Tourism Programme Coordination Desk:
c/o World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Poeta Joan Maragall 42, 28020 Madrid, Spain

For information on the MAC election process, please visit:

The list of MAC members serving in the previous term 2015-2016 is accessible here