HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA & BRUSSELS, Belgium â The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is pleased to announce that SKAL International has joined the alliance as a partner association.
SKAL International was founded in 1934, and is an international association of travel and tourism professionals. SKAL, as an international organization of industry leaders, is a powerful force in the travel and tourism industry to initiate change and encourage the conservation of the environment in order to promote tourism and travel.
ICTP Chairman, Juergen T. Steinmetz, said: âSKAL values sustainable development as the key to the industry's future success and considers ecotourism but one area of the various components of sustainable development. It is a tourism organization which cares about the possible implications of its activities and recognizes its responsibility in developing and operating in such a manner as to contribute positively in the protection and preservation of natural, social, and cultural environments.â
Following the United Nations declaration of 2002 as the Year of Ecotourism and the Mountains, SKAL International launched the Ecotourism Awards in the same year to highlight and acknowledge best practices around the globe.
Karine Coulanges, Vice-President of SKAL International, is very proud to now be a partner and recognizes ICTP's actions. She said, âBecause ICTP is present in countries and regions where SKAL International is not established today, we see great development opportunities for creating new clubs, especially in Africa, to help the countries to develop their international tourism.â
The awards presented on these grounds, while highlighting best practices in tourism around the world, also serve the purpose of acquainting the world with this new concept that puts emphasis on the importance of the interaction of the physical, cultural, and social environments; the traveler's responsibility; and the need for active community participation in ecotourism.
SKAL recognizes and accepts responsibility to operate in such a way as to continuously decrease the impact of its activities on the environment, to provide benefits to the communities which host these activities, and to ensure the well-being of local societies and the sustainability of destinations so that they can be
enjoyed by future generations.
For more information about SKAL, visit their website at: www.skal.org .
The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a 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.
ICTP has members in Anguilla; Aruba; Bangladesh; Belgium, Belize; Canada; China; Croatia; Gambia; Ghana; Greece; Grenada; India; Indonesia; Iran; La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malaysia; Malawi; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Northern Mariana Islands, US Pacific Island Territory; Oman; Pakistan; Palestine; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Trinidad & Tobago; Yemen; Zimbabwe; and from the US: Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Missouri, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.
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); Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association; Cultural and Environment Conservation Society; DC-Cam (Cambodia); Euro Congres; Hawaii Tourism Association; International Delphic Council (IDC); International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT); International Organization of Electronic Tourism Industry (IOETI); Positive Impact Events, Manchester, UK; RETOSA : Angola- Botswana - DR Congo - Lesotho - Madagascar - Malawi - Mauritius - Mozambique - Namibia - South Africa - Swaziland - Tanzania - Zambia- Zimbabwe; SKAL International; Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH); Sustainable Travel International (STI); The Region Initiative, Pakistan; The Travel Partnership Corporation; vzw Reis-en Opleidingscentrum, Gent, Belgium; as well as university and educational institute partners.
For more information, go to: www.tourismpartners.org .