International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism is a global initiative launched in 2011 to inject sustainability principles into the mainstream of tourism policies, development, and operations. It emerged as a more permanent successor to the International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development (ITF-STD)

The origins of the initiative date to the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development, which declared that “fundamental changes in the way societies produce and consume are indispensable for achieving global sustainable development.” The implementation plan that emerged from the summit highlighted the role that tourism can play in sustainable development. The global effort to encourage sustainable consumption and production, known as the Marrakech Process, fostered voluntary task forces on specific topics, including tourism. The International Task Force on Sustainable Tourism Development, chaired by France, helped support nearly 40 projects between 2006 and 2009 and had a membership of 18 countries and 25 organizations. The members of this Task Force recommended establishing a broader institutional and financial base to continue and expand its work and build on its momentum. That led to the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism.

  • Key publications at one glance:
  • Policy Recommendations 
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  • "A three year journey for sustainable tourism" - an overview of outcomes of the Task Forces work
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  • Fact sheet about the Taskforce
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