About the XXIV Tourism Congress

The XXIV Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism to be held in Georgetown, Guyana, March 21-22, 2018 is being organized in conjunction with the Government of Guyana under the theme "Connecting the Americas through Sustainable Tourism.”

The Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism brings together the highest tourism authorities of the hemisphere as well as representatives from the private sector, academia and civil society.

The Congress was established in 1939 and is the principal hemispheric forum for dialogue and formulation of tourism policy in the Americas. It predates the creation of the Organization of American States, which occurred in 1948, and the entry into force of the Charter of the OAS, in December 1951. The Congress was designed to promote sustainable tourism development in the Americas, through the organization of a series of meetings to address relevant technical hemispheric issues and to develop inter-American cooperation in tourism.

The Congress serves as an important platform for the exchange of experiences and practices, and provides a mechanism to support technical studies, strengthen communication between government agencies and the private sector, consider technical cooperation proposals, and support member states in their efforts to develop the tourism sector. The Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism promotes the adoption of formal agreements among governments in relation to the tourism industry, encourages comparative studies and technical projects focusing on sustainable tourism development, and coordinates activities of intergovernmental and private organizations in the area of tourism development. 

The XXIV Inter-American Congress will have the following four sub-themes to be discussed in separate plenaries:

    1. Forging Strategic Business Alliances for Developing Sustainable Tourism
    2. Importance of Product Innovation in Connecting the Americas
    3. Multi-Destination Travel to Promote Market Opportunities
    4. Building  Resilience in the Tourism Sector in the Americas

Each sub-theme will have subject matter experts from government, private sector and academia. Ministers and high-level tourism authorities will have the opportunity to interact with top executives from transport and other sectors of the industry to explore opportunities for establishing business alliances to develop sustainable tourism.