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The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) expresses condolences to the USA after the Boston marathon tragedy

The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) expresses condolences to the USA after the Boston marathon tragedy ( The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) has expressed its condolences to the USA following the Boston marathon tragedy. The President of the ICTP, Geoffrey Lipman, and the Hon. Minster of Tourism and Culture for the Republic of the Seychelles, Alain St.Ange, who is also a Founding Executive Board member of ICTP, recently spoke to the press in Lucerne where they are attending the Think Tank at the World Tourism Forum.

Alain St.Ange said that the ICTP joins with the people of Boston and with the government and people of the United States of America in this moment of grief.

“On behalf of our Chairman, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, and on our own behalf, we wish to express our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the people of Boston, to all the marathon runners and to the spectators, to the President and government of the USA, to the people of the United States of America, and to the victims and families of this terrible act of destruction during the Boston Marathon. We pray that America has the continued strength and courage to cope with this difficult and trying moment,” Geoffrey Lipman and Alain St.Ange said in a joint statement in Lucerne, Switzerland.

The Boston Marathon is a well-known, annually-run marathon, and one that brings visitors to Boston and to the USA. The marathon, which this year had more than 24,000 runners, is held each year on “Patriot’s Day” – a state of Massachusetts holiday commemorating the start of the American Revolutionary War (War of Independence) against the British Empire, that began with a battle at Lexington and Concord (near Boston) in 1775 with the “shot heard round the world.”

The ICTP President and Minister St.Ange from the Seychelles told the press that on behalf of the ICTP, they wanted to place on record their support for the great city of Boston and to the USA as a whole.

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.

Current ICTP members:

For more information, go to:

Thomas Steinmetz
Telefon: 1-808-536-1100

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