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St. Eustatius of Dutch Caribbean joins International Council of Tourism Partners

St. Eustatius of Dutch Caribbean joins International Council of Tourism Partners (Forimmediaterelease.net) HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation in Dutch Caribbean has joined as a destination member.

Maya Leon-Pandt of the foundation explained: “The St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation is the agency responsible for promoting and developing tourism on St. Eustatius. Our mission is to get the island government to lend greater priority to tourism by providing adequate funding to effectively and efficiently promote tourism in key markets; ensuring a quality tourism product by introducing and controlling the minimum standard requirements; and preparing future generations to take on greater responsibilities within this sector by means of teaching tourism as a subject on levels of the education system.”

ICTP Chairman Juergen T. Steinmetz said: “We are very pleased to welcome the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation to our growing list of destination members. The vision of the foundation is to develop St. Eustatius into a special interest tourism destination, and aims to do so by promoting high quality tourism standards. This is right in line with ICTP’s mission to promote quality tourism growth.”

St. Eustatius has always recognized that its nature and marine life are precious assets. The St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation (Stenapa) is responsible for managing many ecotourism initiatives. The seas around Statia are considered among the most pristine in the world, with dive sites ranging from coral reefs, drop-offs, and canyons, to historical and recent wrecks. The formation of a Marine Park preserves the underwater nature and safeguards the artifacts that make Statia a “Historical Gem of the Caribbean.” Stenapa also manages the National Parks, maintains the trail systems throughout the parks, and manages the Miriam C. Schmidt Botanical Garden.

For more information, go to: www.statiatourism.com .

ABOUT ICTP

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 has members in Anguilla; Aruba; Bangladesh; Belgium, Belize; Brazil; Canada; Caribbean; China; Croatia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Grenada; India; Indonesia; Iran; Korea (South); La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malaysia; Malawi; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Northern Mariana Islands (USA Pacific Island Territory); Sultanate of Oman; Pakistan; Palestine; Philippines; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Trinidad&Tobago; Yemen; Zambia; Zimbabwe; and from the US: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Missouri, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

Partner associations include: African Bureau of Conventions; African Chamber of Commerce Dallas/Fort Worth; Africa Travel Association; Boutique&Lifestyle Lodging Association; Caribbean Tourism Organization; Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses; Cultural and Environment Conservation Society; DC-Cam (Cambodia); Euro Congres; Hawaii Tourism Association; International Delphic Council (IDC); International Foundation for Aviation and Development, Montreal, Canada; International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT); International Organization of Electronic Tourism Industry (IOETI), Italy; 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; WATA World Association of Travel Agencies, Switzerland; as well as university and educational institute partners.

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

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

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