Tourism is located in the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development (CFE). The OECD has a long-standing expertise on tourism. The Tourism Committee, created in 1948, acts as the OECD forum for exchange, and for monitoring policies and structural changes affecting the development of domestic and international tourism. It actively promotes the sustainable economic growth of tourism.
Addressing the major challenges faced by the tourism industry, and maximising tourism's full economic potential, requires an integrated and multi-faceted approach to tourism policy development across many government levels and departments. In this environment, OECD members see considerable benefit in co-operating to address economic, sustainability and employment issues, and promote tourism policy performance and evaluation, innovation and liberalisation of tourism. A closer co-operation with major emerging economies is also seen as being critical to achieving a strong impact with this work.