Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister of State for Tourism, the French Abroad and La Francophonie, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, participated, on May 4, in the meeting of tourism ministers of the G20, at the initiative of the Italian Presidency.
The Minister of State and the Ministers of Tourism reaffirmed their commitment to support the tourism sector in the long term in order to minimize the impact of the crisis linked to the Covid-19 pandemic on employment and tourist destinations, by collaboration with the private sector, local authorities and relevant international organizations, including the OECD and the World Tourism Organization.
They reaffirmed the need to take action now to rebuild a resilient, sustainable and inclusive tourism sector. The meeting therefore enabled the adoption of the G20 guidelines on the future of tourism drafted by the OECD, which proposes a line of action to promote safe mobility and defines better mechanisms for crisis management and green transformation. and digital technology in the tourism sector, which requires adequate investments and infrastructure.
The Minister of State congratulated the Italian Minister of Tourism for the work carried out under his presidency and underlined the commitment of the French government to support the gradual restoration of European and international mobility in view of the summer months. He also referred to France’s efforts to develop more sustainable tourism, in line with the commitments made by France under the Paris Agreement.