- Asia / Pacific
- Europe and Central Asia
- Latin America / Caribbean
- North America
Sector of activity
Type of initiative
Policy Frameworks & Tools, Research, Analysis, Assessment
Type of lead actor
United Nations / intergovernmental organizations
The UNWTO International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) was created in 2004 with the main objective to support the continuous improvement of sustainability and resilience in the tourism sector through systematic, timely and regular monitoring of tourism performance and impact and to connect dedicated destinations in order to better understand destination-wide resource use and foster the responsible management of tourism.
Through the systematic application of monitoring, evaluation and information management techniques, the initiative provides policy makers, planners, tourism managers and other relevant stakeholders with key tools to strengthen institutional capacities to support the formulation and implementation of sustainable tourism policies, strategies, plans and management processes.
Since the restructuring of the INSTO Framework in 2014, the following activities have been implemented:
3 global annual meetings
8 regional meetings
Several knowledge exchange visits
Various cooperation agreements
Advances in content & discussions
Impact and Results
Since the restructuring of the INSTO Framework in 2014, nineteen new members have joined the network.
Next steps and how to get involved
The process of joining the INSTO is detailed in the link here: http://insto.unwto.org/how-to-join/