ICTP President talks at Harvard University about “Green Growth and Travelism… beyond the comfort zone”

HAWAII, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia – Speaking at the Forum “The Growth of the International Travel Economy and Protection of the Environment” at the Harvard Un

ICTP President talks at Harvard University about “Green Growth and Travelism… beyond the comfort zone”

HAWAII, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia – Speaking at the Forum “The Growth of the International Travel Economy and Protection of the Environment” at the Harvard University Extension School, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and Director of greenearth.travel, stressed the need for the Travelism (Travel & Tourism) sector to move beyond the comfort zone… and truly embark on the Green Growth transformation journey. He said” It will need new strategies, management and structures – beyond model projects, champions, certification, awards, indicators, aspirational goals and the like. The dna of the travel value chain will have to be re-jigged with green growth at the core.”

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Professor Lipman’s address identified the emergence of new collaborative frameworks, driven by the speed of change and the spread of digital connectivity. It outlined key policy direction to tackle tomorrow’s resources and population driven challenges. It presented a Community Focused Investment Framework and emphasised the need to give particular attention to small islands and emerging states, who are the most vulnerable and in many cases the most dependant on travel and tourism. It also showed how initiatives such as the Green Growth and Travelism Institute (GGTI), a non-profit international university R&D network, and the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), a grassroots Travel & Tourism coalition of global destinations and their stakeholders committed to Green Growth, intend to be part of the solution. Finally he noted the important transformational change that can come from/impact investment helping to shape constructive community action.

About ICTP

The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. ICTP engages communities and their stakeholders to share quality and green opportunities including tools and resources, access to funding, education, and marketing support.

ICTP advocates sustainable aviation growth, streamlined travel formalities, fair coherent taxation, and investments for jobs. 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. For more information on ICTP go to www.ictp.travel

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