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Hawaii State Senate joins International Council of Tourism Partners

Hawaii State Senate joins International Council of Tourism Partners ( HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is pleased to announce the Hawaii State Senate has joined the alliance as a destination member.

“The International Council of Tourism Partners is very pleased to have the Hawaii State Senate, under the leadership of Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland, join our organization,” said Juergen T. Steinmetz, Chairman of ICTP, “Hawaii is one of our homes for ICTP, and to have our home region join is very special for us. Our islands are the perfect example of a quality destination that demonstrates leadership in green growth.”

As a tourism state, the Hawaii State Senate is very aware of the need to support quality tourism and green growth. The very idea to promote tourism for Hawaii was attempted back in1892 by the Hawaii Bureau of Information, however, that effort did not take hold. But when Hawaii became a territory in 1898, it drew adventuresome travelers in a tourism boom around the turn of the century. Hotels blossomed, including Waikiki's oldest surviving hostelry, the Moana Hotel, in 1901, and tourism has been a mainstay in the Aloha State ever since.

Hawaii Senator Suzanne Chun Oakland said: “I support the mission and goals of the International Council of Tourism Partners and its focus on green growth. Thank you to members of ICTP for your commitment to environmentally-sound development.”


The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a 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.

ICTP has members in Anguilla; Aruba; Bangladesh; Belgium, Belize; Canada; China; Croatia; Gambia; Ghana; Greece; Grenada; India; Indonesia; Iran; La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malaysia; Malawi; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Northern Mariana Islands, US Pacific Island Territory; Oman; Pakistan; Palestine; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Trinidad&Tobago; 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); Boutique&Lifestyle Lodging Association; Cultural and Environment Conservation Society; DC-Cam (Cambodia); Euro Congres; Hawaii State Senate; International Delphic Council (IDC); International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT); International Organization of Electronic Tourism Industry (IOETI); Positive Impact Events, Manchester, UK; RETOSA: Angola - Botswana - DR Congo - Lesotho - Madagascar - Malawi - Mauritius - Mozambique - Namibia - South Africa - Swaziland - Tanzania - Zambia- Zimbabwe; Routes, SKAL International; Society for Accessible Travel&Hospitality (SATH); Sustainable Travel International (STI); The Region Initiative, Pakistan; The Travel Partnership Corporation; vzw Reis-en Opleidingscentrum, Gent, Belgium; as well as university and educational institute partners.

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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