About the 86th Session of the OECD Tourism Committee

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Senior government officials from OECD member countries and key emerging economies will meet in Jerusalem on 20-21 October 2010 in the context of the OECD Tourism Committee. They will be focusing on public policies supporting a sustainable and competitive tourism industry for the benefit of their economies.

Access to the Tourism Committee meeting is strictly by invitation only.

The main themes of the meeting will be:

Tourism Policy Evaluation: How to foster the evaluation of tourism policies and programmes? The Tourism Committee will review an analytical report providing tools and good practices to evaluate tourism policies and programmes and guidance to foster evaluation in tourism.

Skills Development in Tourism: How to support a more attractive labour market and business environment in tourism? The Tourism Committee will discuss a report which examines good practices and challenges in the development of education and training in the hotel and restaurant sector. The report addresses issues such as productivity in tourism, labour and skills shortages and migrant labour.

Tourism Policy Review of Italy: The tourism policy peer review of Italy will assess strengths and weaknesses of existing policies and programmes and recommend ways to improve them for the development of a long-term competitive and sustainable tourism industry.

Climate Change and Tourism: The move of the tourism economy to a low-carbon economy will demand active policies and strategies on the side of governments and behavioural change on the side of tourists. The Tourism Committee will examine a draft report looking at priority areas to be included in a framework for action in the area of climate change and tourism

The Tourism Committee is closed to journalists. Journalists are invited to attend the high-level Roundtable on “industry and policy approaches to foster green growth in tourism” with industry partners, academics, experts and policy makers to be held back to back with the Tourism Committee on Thursday, 21 October (afternoon) and Friday, 22 October (morning).

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