“ICTP is an organization that we need to help advance quality and green growth – issues that are central to our tourism future,” said Alain St.Ange, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board.
Alain St.Ange, himself a founding member of ICTP, said he was honored to have the launch of ICTP at the Seychelles stand at the 2011 World Travel Market (WTM) in London on Tuesday. Seychelles, as a country, remains dependent on its tourism industry, and Alain St.Ange said as he welcomes everyone to the Seychelles stand at the World Travel Market. “Countries depending on tourism as an industry must be able to meet and plan joint strategies together. We needed to find a body that is focused on marketing and visibility drives, as we consolidate our own individual industry, and ICTP is that body,” Alain St.Ange said.
“Alone we can and will make a difference in our own countries – together we can help change the world,” he added.
He was joined by other founding members of the coalition. Among them leaders from Johannesburg, Hawaii, Reunion, Grenada, Indonesia, Oman, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe, who echoed his views. Lindiwe Mahlangu, CEO of Johannesburg Tourism, stated: “Johannesburg is playing a leading role in the global low-carbon cities initiative, and ICTP will help spread this good practice.”
Pascal Viroleau, Head of the La Reunion Tourism Board, stressed the importance of smaller nations and territories working together.
Givemore Chidzidzi of the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority said he is pleased to have joined ICPT as a founding member. Rica Rwigamba, Head of Tourism and Conservation of the Rwanda Development Board, thinks ICTP is a perfect match for Rwanda to showcase its commitment to sustainable tourism.
Tourism veterans, including Joean-Claude Baumgarten, Vice Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); Louis D’Amore, Founder and President of the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT); Vijay Poonoosamy from Ethiad Airlines; and representatives from Trip Advisor and the Global Media were among those found in the audience.
Affiliated member, CEO Byron Henderson of the .travel registry, urged members to carry the .travel domain as a branding tool.
Professor Geoffrey Lipman, ICTP President, added: “ICTP’s core activity is sustainable development. Our sector can contribute positively as the world seeks to adjust course at Rio +20 next year. Our members intend to be leaders in the shift to a green growth future and the search for improved gross national happiness. They all believe in providing quality tourism experiences that are good for the planet and its people and which follow a long-term, low-carbon pathway.”
At its launch, the ICTP President honored long-time campaigner Louis D’Amore as an ICTP “Industry Visionary” for his outstanding work advancing travel and tourism as an instrument for peace and development.
ICTP Chairman Juergen Thomas Steinmetz said he is convinced that ICTP can help to bring countries and regions together to make an important contribution to the travel industry and the world. He said: “ICTP is a travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality and green growth. It engages communities and their stakeholders, and advocates sustainable growth of aviation, streamlined travel formalities, and fair coherent taxation, and ICTP tools include media outreach and marketing opportunities.”
The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a new grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. The ICTP logo represents the strength in collaboration (the block) of many small communities (the lines) committed to sustainable oceans (blue) and land (green).
ICTP supports the UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN World Tourism Organization’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, and a range of programs that underpin them. The ICTP alliance is represented in Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA; Brussels, Belgium; Bali, Indonesia; and Victoria, Seychelles. Members include countries, regions, and cities. Current members include Seychelles; La Reunion; Johannesburg; Rwanda; Zimbabwe; Oman; Grenada; Komodo; as well as Saipan, the Northshore Oahu, Hawaii; and Richmond, Virginia, USA.
For more information, go to: www.tourismpartners.org .