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International Coalition of Tourism Partners to take green growth to the carnival in Seychelles

International Coalition of Tourism Partners to take green growth to the carnival in Seychelles (Forimmediaterelease.net) HAWAII, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia - Meeting at ITB Berlin this morning, Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St.Ange and Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of ICTP, agreed that the coalition will bring its Green Growth 2050 Climate Proofing Program to the Seychelles Carnival, April 25-27.

The program and its motivational song “We Can Beat This Climate Change” is designed to increase understanding of the benefits of green growth and of making a progressive shift to a low-carbon lifestyle.

Minister St.Ange, who is also Vice President of ICTP, said: “The Seychelles `Carnival of Carnivals` is a place where the entire community celebrates its past and its future. We are delighted to kick off this program that has great importance to the fragile destinations in the Vanilla islands, Africa, and the world. We are also pleased that singing star, Alston Koch, will perform his song at the opening ceremony to remind us that we all need to work together to adapt to the challenge of climate change.”

This initiative is part of ICTP`s Green Growth and Quality Program in which it works with destinations to help them maximize travel and tourism benefits and minimize environmental impacts. The Seychelles Tourist Board is a Council Member of ICTP.

Lipman said: “We all know that climate change is real, that weather patterns are changing and that we must respond. There are many practical ways to move to a lower carbon future and we are delighted to kick off the program in the Vanilla Islands.”

ABOUT ALSTON

Now a naturalized Australian, Alston Koch is a living, music legend in Asia - one of the very few Asian acts to have English language hits across Asia.

Alston`s chart success began in the 70s with his group “Dark Tan” being credited with bringing disco to Australia. Their hit “Disco Lady” went gold at the peak of the “Countdown-era” 1977. Alston signed to BMG/RCA in 1990 as a solo artist, touring the globe and enjoyed further hits with the dance duo “switch.”

In recent years, Alston has been the Tourism and Cultural Ambassador for Sri Lanka while creating many unique projects including the commemorative single for cricket legend Muttiah Muraliduran and the theme song for the 2011 Cricket World Cup.

Recently inducted into Hard Rock Cafe`s Hall Of Fame, Alston has just completed a world tour of the best venues and returns to Australia for the premiere and launch of his music video on the “big screen” at the international cricket matches and on MTV, Channel V, and the prestigious network VEVO throughout the world.

ABOUT STB

The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) is the marketing arm of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture. They have their head office in Seychelles with regional offices in Paris, London, Frankfurt, Rome, Cape Town, Pretoria, Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Sao Paulo, Moscow, Seoul, Abu Dhabi, and Dubai.

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. For more information on ICTP go to www.ictp.travel or contact href="mailto:member@ictp.travel">member@ictp.travel .

PHOTO: L-R: Seychelles Minister Alain St.Ange & ICTP President Geoffrey Lipman

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

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