UN Tourism joins the launch of Ireland’s first Sustainable Tourism Observatory

UN Tourism has celebrated the official launch of the Atlantic Observatory for Sustainable Tourism Ireland (ASTOI) in Sligo, Ireland.

The Observatory, which has been admitted to the International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO), underlines Ireland’s commitment to promoting sustainable practices within its tourism industry. To mark the occasion, a United Nations Tourism delegation met with the Minister of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Ms Catherine Martin, to discuss the latest developments in tourism sustainability and resilience, and the importance of joining forces to jointly face the planetary crisis.

ASTOI will collaborate closely with destinations along the Atlantic coast, on the islands and in the Heartlands region to monitor, evaluate and promote sustainable tourism initiatives, ensuring environmental conservation, socio-economic development and cultural preservation. The observatory represents a commitment to evidence-based decision making based on participatory and transparent approaches.

The Observatory will monitor, among other issues, 11 key areas affecting the three pillars of sustainability, including climate change, water, wastewater and energy management, as well as local satisfaction and accessibility.


The United Nations International Network of Sustainable Tourism Observatories (INSTO) is a network of tourism observatories that monitor the economic, environmental and social impact of tourism at the destination level. The initiative builds on United Nations Tourism’s long-standing commitment to the sustainable and resilient growth of the sector through measurement and monitoring, supporting evidence-based tourism management. ASTOI joined the INSTO network in November 2023, during the annual meeting of its constituents in Madrid.