Executive Secretariat for Integral Development (SEDI)

Department of Economic Development 

Culture and Tourism

The mission of Culture and Tourism Section of the Organization of American States (OAS) is to support the development of tangible and intangible cultural and tourism assets and cement new and established links between the tourism and culture sectors to enhance the contribution of both sectors to economic and social development in OAS member states.

Executing this mission underscores the importance of promoting culture heritage as an opportunity for social inclusion in order to ensure national and regional identity, strengthening productivity and competitiveness of the tourism industry through training and capacity building, identifying avenues for cultural exchange through tourism the strengthening of small and medium tourism enterprises and promoting public policy dialogue in these key sectors.

By acting as the technical secretariat for the Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Culture and the Inter-American Congress of Ministers and High-Level Authorities of Tourism, the Culture and Tourism Section of the OAS facilitates the Inter-American political and technical dialogue towards the development of culture and tourism in the Americas.