Closing session – ISTO, Towards the future
25 Jun 2021

Closing session - ISTO, Towards the future.

ISTO, through its Working Groups - on social policies of tourism, responsible and fair tourism, accessibility for all, gender equality, trade union movement and its academic Alliance - and its project for the construction of an Observatory, will continue working to strengthen its vision of tourism and open up towards the future.

Charles-Étienne Bélanger

ISTO Director
Charles Bélanger

Charles-Étienne is graduated from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) in Canada,

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where he holds a BA in Tourism Management and a Master degree in Political Sciences – International Relations. Active within ISTO since 1994, Mr. Bélanger started as Director for the American Branch in Montreal (1994-1998) and in Mexico (1998-2002). Since September 2002, he is based in Brussels as Director of ISTO. Within his functions, he has developed partnerships with European and International institutions, organized world conferences, participated in European projects, and worked with different organizations represented within ISTO such as national tourism administrations, local and regional authorities, associations, operators, trade unions and academic institutions.

Lyda Mercedes García Cortez

Vice-Minister of Tourism of Peru (MINCETUR)
Lyda Mercedes García Cortez

Degree in Education (secondary level) from San Ignacio de Loyola University, with 27 years of experience in tourism promotion and development, cultural management and social responsibility.

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Leading and managing the consolidation and promotion of tourist destinations, the recovery of archaeological cultural heritage in various areas of the country and promoting and disseminating ancient and contemporary Peruvian art. She was Executive Director of the Cultural Patronage of Peru, Project Manager of the Wiese Foundation, Deputy Director of Tourism Promotion of the Commission for the Promotion of Peru for exports and tourism - PROMPERU, this being the last position in her career in this institution. She was also Head of International Events at the Peruvian Tourism Promotion Fund - FOPTUR.

Isabel Novoa

ISTO President & Deputy General Manager at Novojet, Chile
Isabel Novoa

Senior Business Leader and Strategic Business Innovation Specialist.

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leading the end-to-end delivery of cultural, operational and digital transformation projects in global, customer-focused businesses. President of the International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO), also Deputy General Manager of Novojet Group, a leading social tourism Chilean tour operator.

Jacques Rayet - ISTO 25-06-2021