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International Council of Tourism Partners welcomes Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute as new partner

International Council of Tourism Partners welcomes Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute as new partner ( HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA&BRUSSELS, Belgium – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that the Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute of the University of Florida Department of Tourism, Recreation,&Sport Management has become a partner of ICTP.

President of ICTP, Juergen T. Steinmetz, said: “ICTP was impressed with EFTI’s aims of researching tourism-related impacts, including economic, environmental, and cultural issues, as well as developing opportunities for tourism research in the industry and communities. EFTI is committed to building a bridge between the tourism industry, organizations, destinations, and higher education, providing strategic information focused on a wide array of travel, tourism, and hospitality opportunities.”

EFTI serves tourism destinations and hospitality industries through research, consultancy, education, and training services. Since 1992, it has evolved to become a major center for tourism research in Florida, the United States, and globally. EFTI is at the forefront to address the challenges facing all of us, both today and tomorrow.

“We are very pleased to be joining ICTP as a tourism partner. We are greatly looking forward to working with such an ideal, dynamic group of tourism organizations from around the globe and supporting each other in any way that we can,” said Stephaine L. Thorn, Program Manager of EFTI, “EFTI is committed to quality research and education, as well as sustainability in all tourism factors. ICTP seems to be a professional organization that is at the forefront of supporting sustainable development, and we are very excited to become part of the process!”

The Institute, which taps into experts from a wide range of disciplines, is world-renowned for its fresh, academic, and applied approach to the field. Dedicated to research excellence and with a passion for knowledge, the EFTI team works to solve tourism-related issues within six program areas: 1) Tourism Marketing; 2) Sport Tourism and Event Management; 3) Ecotourism and Heritage Tourism; 4) Coastal, Marine, and Water-based Tourism; 5) Tourism Crisis Management; and 6) Hospitality Management.

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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; Bangladesh; Canada; China; Croatia; Greece; Grenada; India; Indonesia; Iran; Iran; La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malaysia; Malawi; Mexico; Morocco; Nicaragua; Northern Mariana Islands, US Pacific Island Territory; Pakistan; Palestine; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sultante of Oman; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Yemen; Zimbabwe; and from the US: Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Missouri, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

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; Positive Impact Events, Manchester, UK; Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, China; SKAL International; 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; and University of Technology Mauritius.

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

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