Chief of the Office of Tourist Destinations
Tourism Branch - Enterprise Branch - Ministry of Economy and Finance
The field of action of the office of the tourist destinations concerns the territorial tourism policies.
- local authorities and their structures dedicated to tourism (CRT, ADT, tourist offices);
- federations of elected representatives of tourist territories;
- more generally, an associative network which rallies local tourism actors.
The action of the office is organised in 2 parts:
1- Regulatory component: development, monitoring and implementation of rankings of tourist offices, names in tourist communes, classification of municipalities in tourist resorts and regulations on the tourist tax.
2- Structuring of the tourist sectors: cultural tourism, remembrance tourism, itineraries, river tourism, pedestrian excursions ... -, hydrotherapy, rural tourism, overseas ...
Actions are numerous, among the emblematic measures: destination contracts (double ambition: to contribute to the promotion of an international destination / to structure the tourist offer).
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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.