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ICTP announces its annual Green Growth Prize to celebrate World Tourism Day

ICTP announces its annual Green Growth Prize to celebrate World Tourism Day ( HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia - Three lucky winners will spend a week at Harith Wickerama’s Virgin Island Eco Villa, which he has been donated to the International Council of Tourism Partners to establish its first Green Growth Prize.

The prize will include a trip to St. John’s, a week of discussion with top environmentalists, tours in the lush Virgin Island rainforest, and organic food prepared by renowned chefs.

ICTP President Geoffrey Lipman, announcing the program, said: “We wanted to find an innovative and fun way to celebrate World Tourism Day and to encourage the global green growth movement – which is our core issue. We are very grateful to Harith for sharing our vision and allowing us to take advantage of his beautiful eco-villa. We hope that other ICTP members will join in the celebration in the years ahead, to expand the awards and more importantly to build recognition in our sector of the importance of sustainability and commitment to the green growth path.

The inaugural prizes will be given at ITB Berlin “for outstanding contribution to Green Growth and Travelism,” with the focus on “Renewable Energy,” the theme of World Tourism Day 2012.

A government, industry, and civil society prize will be awarded, selected by a jury of leading industry environmental thinkers, chaired by Maurice Strong – one of the world’s leading advocates for sustainable development and a champion of transformation in our sector.

More information will be available after World Tourism Day at: .


The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. 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.

ICTP has destination members in Anguilla; Aruba; Australia; Bangladesh; Belgium, Belize; Brazil; Canada; Caribbean; China; Croatia; Cyrpus; Egypt; Ecuador; Egypt; (The) Gambia; Georgia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Grenada; India; Indonesia; Iran; Jordan; Kenya; Korea (South); La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malaysia; Malawi; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Northern Mariana Islands (USA Pacific Island Territory); Romania; Sultanate of Oman; Pakistan; Palestine; Philippines; Portugal; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sri Lanka; St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean); St. Kitts; St. Lucia; Sudan; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Trinidad&Tobago; Uganda; USA; Yemen; Zambia; and Zimbabwe.

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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