Ministers to discuss tourism challenges at OECD – Press briefing Monday 2 October 1.00 pm


26/09/2017 - With tourism expanding faster than global economic growth, policy-makers are faced with both challenges and opportunities.


Both will be addressed at an OECD High Level Meeting on Tourism Policies for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth, to be held in Paris from 2-3 October 2017 and which will bring together government ministers, officials and  industry leaders from more than 40 countries.


At the heart of the discussions will be the question of how to engage different levels of government, the private sector and civil society in ensuring that tourism provides sustainable economic growth that benefits the whole community.


A press briefing on the issues facing the tourism sector will be held at 13.00 on Monday 2 October at the OECD. It will be presented by Elena Kountoura, Greece’s Minister of Tourism who will be chairing the High Level meeting, and Alain Dupeyras, Head of the Tourism Unit at the OECD.


Journalists will be able to attend the opening session of the High Level Meeting from 15.00 – 16.15, which will include keynote addresses by Minister Kountoura, OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, Álvaro Nadal Belda, Spanish Minister of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda and Maryann Ferenc, Member of the U.S. Secretary of Commerce’s Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. Subsequent working sessions of the meeting are closed to the press.


Among the participants will be Ministers from, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Costa Rica, Croatia, Morocco, Romania, and South Africa.


To register for the press briefing, opening session or request interviews, please contact Stephen Di Biasio, in the OECD Media Office.


Further information about the OECD’s work on tourism is available at






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