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ICTP says UNWTO and FITUR deserve an award

ICTP says UNWTO and FITUR deserve an award ( The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) Vice Chairman Alain St.Ange (Tourism & Culture Minister Seychelles) and ICTP President Professor Geoffrey Lipman, attended last night`s incredibly professional and entertaining Ulysses Awards Ceremony held with IFEMA the organizer of the ongoing FITUR Trade fair in Madrid, Spain.

They are pictured here with Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Tourism of the Republic South Africa, one of the leading global thinkers on Travel, Tourism and Development.

As a “base of the pyramid" organization committed to green growth and quality ICTP generally doesn`t get enthused about the Awards circuit, which tends to be hyper commercially driven. This event was in that respect very low key, but in every other way, was a shining example of how to recognize quality and to do it in an engaging way.

The speeches were short and to the point, the finalists were well selected and globally represented and the lifetime Prizewinner Richard Quest, beaming in from the World Economic Forum in Davos was a worthy champion of this sector. His witty and sincere acceptance remarks, delivered in his unique way brought the audience to its feet.

ICTP wants to give a virtual award to UNWTO, its tireless and smart Secretary General Taleb Rifai and his great team of Marcelo Risi and Eunji Tae who just put on a another winning event for our travel and tourism industry.


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. For more information on ICTP go to

PHOTO: L-R: Martinus van Schalkwyk, Geoffrey Lipman, Alain St.Ange

MEDIA CONTACTS: 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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