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Seychelles Minister confirms participation at the World Tourism Forum Think Tank in Switzerland

Seychelles Minister confirms participation at the World Tourism Forum Think Tank in Switzerland ( Minister Alain St.Ange from the Seychelles has confirmed that he will be joining the World Tourism Forum “Think Tank” in Lucerne, Switzerland, this coming April. The dimension of the tourism meeting in Lucerne has grown even further since the ICTP (International Coalition of Tourism Partners) and World Tourism Forum Lucerne collaboration talks at the ITB Travel Trade Show last week in Berlin, Germany, with special focus on Green Growth.

The Seychelles Minister St.Ange is a founding member of the ICTP alongside Geoffrey Lipman and Juergen Steinmetz, and the Lucerne tourism meeting will be the opportunity for Mr. Taleb Rifai, the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary General, and tourism ministers to meet as ICTP members also meet side by side.

ICTP President Geoffrey Lipman met with Martin Barth, the General Manager of the Lucerne Forum, to discuss ways in which they could extend their shared interest in the Green Growth transformation of the sector. They discussed the new World Tourism Forum “Think Tank” that Mr. Lipman will chair and met with Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk, the Tourism Minister of South Africa, and Dr. Michael Frenzel, the Chairman of TUI Travel PLC.

In Lucerne, Dr. Frenzel is set to deliver a keynote paper on “Hyper-connectivity” and Minister Van Schalkwyk on “Bridging the Silos,” to help explore new directions for the tourism industry.

The Seychelles Minister St.Ange will be joining some 20 leaders from the travel and tourism sector when they meet on April 16 and 17, along with leading young social entrepreneurs to consider strategic changes in the world of tourism.


The International Coalition 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, fair coherent taxation, and investments for jobs. 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 over 100 destination members, including: Anguilla; Aruba; Australia; Bangladesh; Belgium, Belize; Brazil; Canada; Caribbean; China; Croatia; Cyprus; Ecuador; Egypt; Falkland Islands; (The) Gambia; Georgia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Grenada; India; Indonesia; Iran; Italy; Jordan; Kenya; Korea (South); La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malawi; Malaysia; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; (The) Netherlands; 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; Swaziland; Sweden; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Trinidad&Tobago; UAE; Uganda; USA; Yemen; Zambia; and Zimbabwe.

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PHOTO: Seychelles Minister for Tourism&Culture Alain St.Ange / Photo from Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture

MEDIA CONTACTS: Seychelles Ministry of Tourism and Culture, ; International Coalition of Tourism Partners, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, Chairman, Phone: +1-808-566-9900, ; Geoffrey Lipman, President, ; Marie-Julie Chaput, Membership Liaison,

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