The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that the Asociacion de Hoteles de Nicaragua (ASHOTNIC) â the Nicaragua Hotel Association â has become a destination member and ICTP's first member from Central America.
Miguel Romero of the Asociacion de Hoteles de Nicaragua said: âWe are looking forward to ICTP's guidance and education in policies and programs that create progressively more sustainable travel and tourism communities, companies, and related visitor actions.
âAs of right now, we are in the process of developing our tourism and are looking for partners around the world that identify strategies, innovation, and funding that will support our transformation. We believe in tourism as a factor of sustainable development, and we need to have more technical knowledge to accomplish this.â
âWe have been working with some organizations, such as AECI from Spain, as a Central American region, supported by the Council of Tourism Ministers (CCT) from the public sector and FEDECATUR from the private sector.â
ICTP Chairman Juergen T. Steinmetz said: âIt give us great pleasure to have the opportunity to welcome tourism destinations that are emerging as sustainable tourism locations. The growing network of ICTP will provide the Nicaragua Hotel Association with connections and resources to assist them with the development of quality tourism service.â
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; Aruba; China; Croatia; Grenada; Maharashtra, India; Flores & Manggarai Baratkab County, Indonesia; Iran; La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malaysia; Malawi; Nicaragua; Northern Mariana Islands, US Pacific Island Territory; Pakistan; Palestine; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; Johannesburg, Kruger Park & Sandton, South Africa; Sri Lanka; 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.
Partner associations include: African Bureau of Conventions; African Chamber of Commerce Dallas/Fort Worth; Africa Travel Association; Alliance for training and research in the field of social and solidarity tourism (ISTO/OITS); Cultural and Environment Conservation Society; DC-Cam (Cambodia); Hawaii Tourism Association; International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT); International Organization of Electronic Tourism Industry (IOETI); Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence, Zambia; Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade, China, Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH); Sustainable Travel International (STI); The Region Initiative, Pakistan; University of Florida: Eric Friedheim Tourism Institute; University of Hawaii; and vzw Reis-en Opleidingscentrum, Gent, Belgium.
For more information, go to: www.tourismpartners.org .