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ICTP President to provide keynote address at South African Travel and Tourism Industry Conference 2012

ICTP President to provide keynote address at South African Travel and Tourism Industry Conference 2012 (Forimmediaterelease.net) The president of the International Council of Tourism Partners will be delivering his keynote address in Johannesburg at the South African Travel & Tourism Industry Conference.

The SA Travel and Tourism Industry Conference 2012 (SATTIC) is a collaborative effort between the Tourism Business Council of South Africa (TBCSA) and five of its member associations. They are the Association of South African Travel Agents (ASATA), the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA), the National Accommodation Association of South Africa (NAA-SA), the Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA), and the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA).

The Conference will be held in Johannesburg from Sep 2-4.

The aim of hosting a joint industry conference is to facilitate industry cooperation and to reduce the proliferation of conferences within the sector. By convening one conference at the beginning of Tourism Month, the conference aims to create a central platform where members can address industry specific issues, as well as the challenges and opportunities which impact on the entire sector.

SATTIC believes that hosting one industry conference will save valuable time and money when compared to previous years where all tourism associations host member-based conferences on an annual basis. These conferences usually attract the same delegates and tend to address the same macro-economic issues.

The conference will comprise two-and-a-half days of deliberations, exhibitions, networking, and social events with an expanded program allowing for close delegate interaction.

ICTP (International Council of Tourism Partners) President Professor Geoffrey Lipman will be a keynote speaker at SATTIC, delivering an address on tourism competitiveness.

For information on the conference, go to: http://tourismvision2020.co.za/index.php/home.html .

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; Australia, Bangladesh; Belgium, Belize; Brazil; Canada; Caribbean; China; Croatia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Grenada; India; Indonesia; Iran; Kenya, 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; Uganda, 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
PHOTO ICTP President Prof. Geoffrey Lipman

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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