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International Council of Tourism Partners announces Sandton as destination member

International Council of Tourism Partners announces Sandton as destination member ( HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA&BRUSSELS, Belgium - The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that the Sandton Tourism Association (SAT) has become a destination member of its global alliance, joining the growing list of members from Africa.

President of ICTP, Professor Geoffrey Lipman, said: “My first real experience of Sandton was during the 2002 Earth Summit (the one which put a focus on people and poverty) - I was overwhelmed with the brilliant way the conference complex remained accessible to the community even while it was a perfect home for a global conference attracting heads of state and world attention. I have never been disappointed in my many subsequent visits - it is always a quality experience. We are delighted to have Sandton as our newest ICTP member."

The Sandton Tourism Association represents business and leisure tourism in the commercial and financial hub of Africa, and acts on behalf of key stakeholders within both Sandton and the greater Johannesburg area.

“We have seen tremendous growth and development in Sandton, where business and leisure are catered for in one easily-accessible destination,” said Karin White, Chairperson of Sandton Tourism Association, “Working in partnership with ICTP, we look forward to promoting what we have to offer as a world-class destination and learning from fellow members as we share our knowledge and experiences.”

Juergen T. Steinmetz, Chairman of ICTP said: “One of the key attributes of Sandton is its conferencing and business tourism. The Sandton Convention Centre is Africa’s preferred premier conferencing venue and is the catalyst around which conferencing and business tourism in this area thrives. ICTP is pleased to welcome SAT as a thriving member.”


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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; Aruba; China; Croatia; Grenada; Maharashtra, India; Flores&Manggarai Baratkab County, Indonesia; Iran; La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malaysia; Malawi; Baja, Mexico; Nicaragua; Northern Mariana Islands, US Pacific Island Territory; Pakistan; Palestine; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Johannesburg, Kruger Park& Sandton, South Africa; Sri Lanka; Oman; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Yemen; Zimbabwe; and from the US: California; Georgia; North Shore, Hawaii; Bangor, Maine; St. Louis, Missouri; San Juan County&Moab, Utah; Richmond&Fairfax, Virginia.

Partner associations include: African Bureau of Conventions; African Chamber of Commerce Dallas/Fort Worth; Africa Travel Association; Alliance for training and research in the field of social and solidarity tourism (ISTO/OITS); Cultural and Environment Conservation Society; DC-Cam (Cambodia); Hawaii Tourism Association; International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT); International Organization of Electronic Tourism Industry (IOETI); Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence, Zambia; Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, China, Society for Accessible Travel&Hospitality (SATH); Sustainable Travel International (STI); The Region Initiative, Pakistan; University of Florida: Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute; University of Hawaii; and vzw Reis-en Opleidingscentrum, Gent, Belgium.

For more information, go to: .

MEDIA CONTACTS: International Council of Tourism Partners, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, Chairman, Phone: +1-808-566-9900, Email: ; Geoffrey Lipman, President,

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