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ICTP President honored at 50th IH&RA Congress: pledges to collaborate on green growth

ICTP President honored at 50th IH&RA Congress: pledges to collaborate on green growth (Forimmediaterelease.net) HAWAII, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia - At the 50th Annual Congress of the International Hotel and Restaurant Association (IH&RA) held in Istanbul, Turkey, outgoing President Ghassan Aidi inducted Professor Geoffrey Lipman, president of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners as a Chevalier d’Honneur of the Association.

Citing Lipman’s commitment over 40 years as Executive Director at IATA (International Air Transport Association), President of WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), and Assistant Secretary General of UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization), Aidi said that “He has always been a leading advocate of travel and tourism as a force for positive change – economic, social, and above all environmental.” He recalled his driving the landmark Davos Conference on Climate Change which sought to establish a positive sectoral response and thoughtful pursuit of sustainable development.” He noted that only 30 such awards had been made in the 160-year history of the association.

In his response, expressing appreciation for the award, Lipman said, “I am delighted that this came at a time when IH&RA has weathered the storms of recent years and is re-energizing itself as a global hospitality leader.” He paid special tribute to Dr. Aidi’s vision and advocacy for the private industry and committed that ICTP would collaborate closely with IH&RA in the common quest for green growth in the sector.

During the meeting Lipman reiterated the inevitable intensifying impacts of climate change – evidenced by extreme weather – and underscored the vulnerability of the sector with inadequate response – particularly the poorest tourism dependent communities. But he also emphasized the potential travel and tourism has as a transformation agent if it implements green growth strategies now. He said, “We must drive the green agenda in complete lockstep with the growth agenda - they are mutually reinforcing.”

ABOUT ICTP

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 (tourism boards) and more than 500 private stakeholders.

Council membership privilege is currently extended to Elsia Grandcourt, Seychelles Tourism Board; Byron Henderson, Travel Registry Management Company, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA; Charles Lindo, St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation; Monika Maitland-Walker, Tourwise Ltd., Jamaica; Otunba Segun Runsewe, Director General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation; Aviva Pearson, Simpleview, Tucson, Arizona, USA; Rica Rwigamba, Rwanda Development Board, Kigali, Rwanda; Laura Vercueil, Johannesburg Tourism Company, Johannesburg, South Africa; Pascal Viroleau, Ile de La Reunion Tourisme, La Reunion (French Indian Ocean Territory); Anna Yushkova, Pacific Island Club, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. ICTP Advisory Board members: Louis D'Amore, International Institute For Peace Through Tourism; Dr. Elinor Garely, University of New York; Sandy Dhuyvetter, TravelTalkMedia; Maga Ramasamy, Air Mauritius; P. V. Pramod, India; Carol Hay, Caribbean Tourism Organization. Executive Board members: Juergen T. Steinmetz, eTurboNews, Hawaii; Prof. Geoffrey Lipman, Brussels; Hon. Alain St.Ange, Minister of Tourism & Culture, Seychelles; Feisol Hashim, Alam Resorts, Bali, Indonesia.

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

ABOUT IH&RA

IH&RA was founded in 1869 in Koblenz, Germany. The organization moved to Paris in 1946, and finally to Geneva in 2008. It is the only global business organization representing the hospitality industry worldwide. Officially recognized by United Nations as the voice of the private sector globally, IH&RA monitors and lobbies all international agencies on behalf of this industry. Its members represent more than 200,000 hotels and 6 million restaurants.

MEDIA CONTACTS: International Coalition of Tourism Partners, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, Chairman, Phone: +1-808-566-9900, jts@tourismpartners.org ; Geoffrey Lipman, President, gl@tourismpartners.org ; Marie-Julie Chaput, Membership Liaison, mjc@tourismpartners.org

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