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International Council of Tourism Partners welcomes US state of Georgia Tourism as newest destination member

International Council of Tourism Partners welcomes US state of Georgia Tourism as newest destination member (Forimmediaterelease.net) The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced today that the Tourism Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development has become its newest destination member.

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) plans, manages, and mobilizes state resources to attract new business investment to Georgia, drive the expansion of existing industry and small business, locate new markets for Georgia products, inspire tourists to visit Georgia, and promote the state as a top destination for arts events and film, music and digital entertainment projects. For more information, visit www.ExploreGeorgia.org .

Ms. Nerissa Serrano-Okiye, the Director of Research in the Tourism Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development said: “The Tourism Division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development is delighted to join the International Council of Tourism Partners. Tourism is vital to our economy, and we look forward to working with and being a part this unique organization.”

The Chairman of ICTP, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, said: “Whether it be exploring Georgia’s scenic beauty or enjoying the beach, experiencing historical sites and timeless architecture, taking in the arts and shopping, or attending a fair or having a romantic getaway, Georgia is one of those destinations that seems to have it all. We are so pleased to have its tourism agency join ICTP’s ever-expanding list of destination members.”

ABOUT ICTP

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 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, and fair coherent taxation.

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. ICTP membership is available to qualified destinations free of charge. Academy membership features a prestigious and selected group of destinations. Members of destinations currently include Anguilla; Grenada; Flores & Manggarai Baratkab County, Indonesia; La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malawi, Northern Mariana Islands, US Pacific Island Territory; Palestine; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sri Lanka; Johannesburg, South Africa; Oman; Zimbabwe; and from the US: California; Georgia; North Shore, Hawaii; Bangor, Maine; San Juan County & Moab, Utah; & Richmond, Virginia

For more information, go to: www.tourismpartners.org .

MEDIA CONTACTS: International Council of Tourism Partners, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, Phone: +1-808-566-9900, Email: jts@tourismpartners.org ; Ms. Nerissa Serrano-Okiye, Director of Research, Tourism Division, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Phone: 404.962.4087, Email: nserrano@georgia.org

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