Committee on Culture and Tourism


The Middle East and West Asia Region, which has been home to countless civilizations, is one of the biggest tourism hubs in the world with its rich and vibrant cultural heritage. Without a doubt, local governments have a fundamental responsibility to sustainably safeguard and cherish this cultural heritage for future generations.

It is necessary to adopt local sustainable policies in order to further reveal this potential of the region and to increase the added value it provides to the region. In doing so, local dynamics must be maintained as well as strengthened by global achievements.

In this light, the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Culture and Tourism operates in line with the following priorities:

  • Advocating for participation in cultural life for everyone
  • Facilitating culture and tourism based decentralized cooperation initiatives
  • Dissemination of sustainable tourism practices
  • Strengthening the role of local governments in the conservation and management of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage
  • Strengthening the role of culture in sustainable development
  • 🇹🇷 Balıkesir Metropolitan MunicipalityPresident
  • 🇵🇸 Beit Sahour MunicipalityCo-President
  • Girne MunicipalityCo-President
  • 🇹🇷 Mersin Metropolitan MunicipalityCo-President
  • 🇹🇷 Şanlıurfa Metropolitan MunicipalityCo-President
  • 🇮🇷 Tehran MunicipalityCo-President
Member List
No. Institution Country
1. Acıgöl Municipality Türkiye
2. Ain El Tineh Municipality Lebanon
3. Al-Buraij Municipality Palestine
4. Altındağ Municipality Türkiye
5. Assoun Municipality Lebanon
6. Bağcılar Municipality Türkiye
7. Bakhoun Municipality Lebanon
8. Baninaim Municipality Palestine
9. Beit El Faqs Municipality Lebanon
10. Beit Jala Municipality Palestine
11. Beylikdüzü Municipality Türkiye
12. Bikaasefrine Municipality Lebanon
13. Bkarsouna Municipality Lebanon
14. Btormaz Municipality Lebanon
15. Çanakkale Municipality Türkiye
16. Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
17. Dura Municipality Palestine
18. Ein Elbasha Municipality Jordan
19. El Khalil Municipality Palestine
20. Eyüpsultan Municipality Türkiye
21. Eyyübiye Municipality Türkiye
22. Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
23. Gebze Municipality Türkiye
24. Greater Irbid Municipality Jordan
25. Harf Siyad Municipality Lebanon
26. İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
27. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
28. Jerash Municipality Jordan
29. Karatay Municipality Türkiye
30. Karesi Municipality Türkiye
31. Kfarchellan Municipality Lebanon
32. Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
33. Konya Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
34. Kütahya Municipality Türkiye
35. Mrah El Sfireh Municipality Lebanon
36. Mrah El Sraj Municipality Lebanon
37. Nablus Municipality Palestine
38. Nilüfer Municipality Türkiye
39. Oğuzeli Municipality Türkiye
40. Ordu Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
41. Pendik Municipality Türkiye
42. Ramallah Municipality Palestine
43. Seferihisar Municipality Türkiye
44. Selçuklu Municipality Türkiye
45. Sier Municipality Palestine
46. Sultanbeyli Municipality Türkiye
47. Tabriz Municipality Iran
48. Uçhisar Municipality Türkiye
49. Union of City Councils of Türkiye Türkiye
50. Union of Dannieh Municipalities Lebanon
51. Union of Energy Cities Türkiye
52. Union of Municipalities Jabal El Skeikh Lebanon
53. Union of Municipalities Minieh Lebanon
54. Union of Municipalities of Chark Zahleh Lebanon
55. Urla Municipality Türkiye
56. Ümraniye Municipality Türkiye
57. Ürgüp Municipality Türkiye
58. World Academy For Local Government and Democracy (WALD) Türkiye
59. Yenişehir Municipality Türkiye
60. *Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
61. *Trabzon Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
Committee Focal Point

International Relations Department