Jean-Marc Mignon

Jean-Marc Mignon

President, International Social Tourism Organization (ISTO): Social tourism and universal accessibility


Jean Marc Mignon, after language studies at the Catholic University of Paris(Spanish), dedicated his entire professional life to youth travel and then to social tourism.
He has been the director of a French association of youth travel, “Club des 4 Vents”, for nearly ten years, and the general delegate of the National Union of Tourism Associations (UNAT) in France, from 1991 until 2010.
At the international level, he was the President of the Federation of International Youth Travel Organizations (FIYTO) from 1987 until 1997, and was at the origin of what became the World Youth and Student Educational Travel Confederation (WYSETC) .
Later, he became involved in the International Social Tourism Organization (ISTO), first as vice-president, and then as President since 2010; he was recently reelected for a second 4 years term. Through these functions, he got a wide experience of social tourism and social policies of tourism worldwide.
He is a member of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics since 2013.


Jean Marc Mignon intends, during his presentation, to place accessible tourism in the wider scope of the obstacles which prevent nearly half European citizens from going on holidays and have access to the benefits of tourism.
The obstacles are physical or material, and these are undoubtedly a priority to be solved, shared by most of people and public decision makers; but, in most cases, these obstacles also are economical or financial, as a wide range of citizens cannot afford leaving their homes to travel. A consequence of this is that some people may be affected by a double constraint.
The presentation will be concluded by a call to join forces in order to convince national, regional adiministrations and the private sector to consider positively the development of social policies of tourism, which will have, of course, an ethical value, but also a positive impact on the economical development of tourism and on employment.