It is now confirmed through a Press Release issued on the 19th October from Brussels and Honolulu that the ICTP Tourism Organisation will be formally launched at the Seychelles Stand (AS550) on 08 November, 2011, 16.00h at WTM 2011 in London.
The Press Release duly signed by Juergen Thomas Steinmetz and Professor Geoffrey Lipman, Chairman and President of the ICTP states: “ICTP will be at World Travel Market on behalf of its growing group of destination members who are committed to quality and green growth. We will formally launch the coalition at the Seychelles stand (AS550) at 16.00h on 08 November. Come and enjoy the party and meet our founding members.
You will discover the unique characteristics of ICTP as a “grassroots grouping” designed to help quality destinations and their stakeholders learn how to share the green growth opportunities, as well as access the tools and funds that will be available for our common transformation.
You will also learn about our grass roots support for the excellent initiatives of UNWTO, WTTC and IATA to mainstream the sector in policymaking, as well as our own core advocacy, supporting the sustainable growth of aviation; Streamlined Travel and fair coherent taxation.
You will find out about our low cost / high focus support system that can help you better achieve your goals and those of your community, customers and employees in sustainably developing your travel & tourism heritage”. Alain St.Ange, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board and himself a founding member of the ICTP has said that he was honoured to have the launch of the ICTP on the Seychelles Stand at the 2011 WTM in London. Seychelles, as a country remains dependent on its tourism industry. Alain St.Ange said to the Press in China where he was on a working visit as part of a delegation headed by the Seychelles President, Mr. James Michel that he believed from day one on the need for such a body as the ICTP to run alongside the UN WTO (United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation). “Countries depending on tourism as an industry must be able to meet and plan joint strategies together. We must find a body that is focused on marketing and visibility drives as we consolidate our own individual industry” Alain St.Ange said.
“Working alongside Juergen Thomas Steinmetz and Professor Geoffrey Lipman, the founding Chairman and President of the ICTP has been so far enriching, and I look forward to the launch of the official launch of the ICTP so that the many ideas we all have can be developed for a stronger tourism industry for the organization’s registered members” Alain St.Ange told the Chinese media in Beijing.