Jean Marc Mignon

Born in Paris, and a citizen of France, Jean Marc Mignon is graduated from the Catholic University of Paris (foreign languages).

He spent his whole  professional life working in the sectors of youth travel and social tourism both  in France and at the international level.

In France, he worked in youth travel association “Club des 4 Vents”, from 1974 until 1990, as as general director for the last 8 years; this Organization was one of the major operators for language travel, summer camps and jobs, international encounters…in many European countries and North America.

From 1991 to 2010, he was the General Delegate of the National Union of Tourism Associations (UNAT), one of the oldest Associations in France (established in 1920), recognized of public utility, which is the leading Federation gathering most of the French stakeholders in the field of social tourism (60 national members, 500 regional ones), representing more than 4 million holidaymakers per year. Among some realizations, he created the program “Senior citizens on Holidays” in 2005, which now became a national program.

In 1997, he was one of the founders of the National Office for the Guarantee of Language travel, and its first Secretary General for 7 years, and, in 2006, he was the founder and the first President of ATES (French Association of Fair Travel).

At the international level, Jean Marc Mignon has been the elected President of FIYTO (Federation of International Youth Travel Organizations) from 1987 to 1997; FIYTO then merged with ISTC to create the present WYSE-TC Organization, an important partner of UNWTO.

After having been its vice-president for some 15 years, he is, since 2010, the President of ISTO (International Social Tourism Organization), based in Brussels, and totalling some 150 members in 40 countries from Europe, the Americas and Africa. ISTO is promoting social policies of tourism and access to tourism for all. The Organization is one of the first affiliate members of UNWTO, a signatory of the World Code of Ethics. Jean Marc Mignon was appointed as a member of the World Committee of Tourism Ethics in 2013.

As an expert in the social and fair dimensions of tourism, he delivers conferences in many countries and wrote many articles and contributions on these subjects.

He speaks French, Spanish and English.

He was involved in local politics; he appreciates music, reading, sports…and travelling !