Philippe Laval is currently Executive Director of the National Agency for Holiday Vouchers (ANCV). Placed under the twofold supervision of the Minister for the Economy and Finance and the Minister in charge of Tourism. The ANCV's mission is to manage and develop the system of Checks-Holidays in companies and contributes to the implementation of policies of tourism.
A graduate of École Polytechnique, a general engineer in mining, Philippe Laval was from 1991 to 1994 head of the industrial development and innovation division at the regional directorate of industry, research and the environment (Drire) in Alsace. From 1994, he worked on standardization, quality and certification and was appointed interdepartmental delegate for standards. As an economic Advisor to the Directorate of Spatial Planning and Regional Action (Datar) from 2001 to 2003, he managed the Interministerial Committee for Localization Assistance (Ciala). After two years at the Ministry of Industry on issues of territorial development and industrial redeployment, he spent six years as Deputy Director General of the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI).
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The International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO), initially created under the name International Bureau for Social Tourism (B.I.T.S.) in 1963, is an international non-profit making organization whose mission is to promote access to leisure, holidays and tourism for all i.e. young people, families, senior citizens and disabled people. It also wishes to promote sustainable and solidarity tourism to the benefit of the local population and with respect for natural and cultural heritage.