The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that the Ministry of Tourism in Yemen has become its third destination member in the Middle East, joining Oman and Palestine.
Yemen recently gained a new President and also a new Minister of Tourism. Said Minister of Tourism and Chairman of Yemen Tourism Promotion Board HE Dr. Kassim Sallam Said: âEmerging from a period of conflict, the new government recognizes the important role of responsible tourism in sustainable development, which is top of our agenda; working with our international partners, we look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world and a return to our previous levels of growth.â
Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of ICTP, said: âThe addition of Yemen as an ICTP member adds strength to our growing membership in the Middle East, where tourism as a driver of economic development perhaps has the greatest potential to promote peace and prosperity. It also brings into play a country with the largest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites in Arabia, stretching from Shibam âthe Manhattan of the Desert' to Socotra âthe Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.' The combination of ancient cultural and natural heritage and a rich tradition of Bedouin hospitality provides an outstanding opportunity for ecotourism that provides a foundation for sustainable development in Yemen.â
The Yemen Tourism Promotion Board (YTPB) is an executive agency of the Ministry of Tourism with responsibility for marketing the destination internationally. It works with a network of representatives around the world, including another ICTP member, Dunira Strategy in the United Kingdom, Yemen's most important European market. Commented YTPB's UK representative Benjamin Carey: âYemen is the most economically-disadvantaged country in the Middle East, but it is also by the far the richest in terms of heritage and culture. It offers huge rewards for adventurous travelers and experienced tour operators that want to discover the essence of Arabia Felix.â
Chairman of ICTP, Juergen T. Steinmetz, said: âYemen is now emerging from conflict, but its travel and tourism industry continues to suffer from blanket travel advisories by many foreign governments. It is the vision of the ministry to promote responsible tourism as a driver of sustainable economic growth, especially for women and young people in rural areas, and Yemen deserves more balanced travel advice. ICTP is pleased to build this alliance with Yemen to support its vision for sustainable tourism growth.â
The Ministry of Tourism is charged with the task of ensuring sustainable economic development along with the growth of the tourism industry by promoting broad stakeholder participation. For more information about the Ministry of Tourism and Yemen Tourism Promotion Board, visit: http://www.yementourism.com/ .
The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a new grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. The ICTP logo represents the strength in collaboration (the block) of many small communities (the lines) committed to sustainable oceans (blue) and land (green).
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, and fair coherent taxation.
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. The ICTP alliance is represented in Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA; Brussels, Belgium; Bali, Indonesia; and Victoria, Seychelles. ICTP membership is available to qualified destinations free of charge. Academy membership features a prestigious and selected group of destinations. Members of destinations currently include Anguilla; Grenada; Maharashtra, India; Flores & Manggarai Baratkab County, Indonesia; Kiribati; La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malawi; Northern Mariana Islands, US Pacific Island Territory; Palestine; Pakistan; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Sri Lanka; Johannesburg, South Africa; Oman; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Yemen; Zimbabwe; and from the US:California; Georgia; North Shore, Hawaii; Bangor, Maine; St. Louis, Missouri; San Juan County & Moab, Utah; Richmond & Fairfax, Virginia.
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