ICTP is a grassroots travel & tourism coalition of destinations and stakeholders
- committing to Quality Services & Green Growth
- sharing, networking and competing
- strengthening knowledge, marketing and funding
- smart and sustainable marketing opportunities
- media outreach
- introductions and networking
- embracing UN MDGs, Code of Tourism Ethics and Global Compact
- advocating smart travel, community wellbeing and investments for jobs
- regional activities in local chapters
- members interact with members
- Council members remain the pillow for most activities and interaction. The annual council board member fee is $5000.00
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“The Old Order Changes, Giving Way to New”… and so must we … ICTP gears up for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
“We live in interesting times” …to paraphrase the Chinese proverb. Bizarre politico-economic shifts around the world – epitomized by the Trump and BREXIT abnormalities. Massive technology leaps, dramatically intensifying 24/7 connectivity for everyone on the planet. Climate Change which is already affecting weather and behavioural patterns. And Terror which is both passively and actively targeting travellers.
For the past 5 years ICTP has acted as a commentator on these kind of developments with a central focus on advancing Green Growth and Quality. Created and financially supported by a small group of involved industry, media and government friends it has tried to be a consistent and coherent sounding board targeting Destinations and their Stakeholders. And thanks to the broad reach of e-turbo news and our established network contacts, we believe our views have been aired and understood.
The reality is however the mainstream Travel and Tourism systems have been unaffected…Growth is still king. Numbers are used to support this – highlighting the very real benefits in wealth, jobs and trade. Operational systems are aligned. Media information is channelled. But on the other side of the balance sheet, action has been marginal – impacts are at best acknowledged but scarcely responded to – whether it’s inadequate security, outdated entry processes, mounting taxes and certainly not any transformational environmental shifts.
Now we have had the 2015 Summits that produced the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals – a massively complex heroic roadmap for everything, with hundreds of targets and indicators – plus the 2050 Paris Climate Agreement, which is a fundamentally important lowest common denominator for existential no carbon energy shift. New initiatives include a Bloomberg led coalition of 7000 cities to respond to Climate Change, a World Bank led Low Carbon Financing Drive and the World Economic Forum’s “4th Industrial Revolution”. And in January of next year we will start an International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development – which will focus attention on our sector, in ways that have never been seen before.
Our leadership organizations UNWTO, WTTC, IATA and the activities they support are preparing for these developments with an extensive list of programs and events – and if the views of those supporting genuinely transformative Sustainability and Green Growth are to be heard so must we….at the global and local levels.
ICTP will become a genuine partnership coalition, reaching out to other groups who believe in its Green Growth and Quality vision for our sector. Engaging them to advance basic shared principles. Encouraging them to participate in the industry events set up to advance sustainable tourism in a coherent way. And most importantly providing them with the established information channels of ETN to air their views freely.
In the coming weeks we will be outlining ways in which this new approach can be advanced and inviting partnerships to build genuine Green Growth and Quality in the sector and the communities we link.
As a starting point Juergen will manage the partnership framework and Geoffrey will focus on Green Growth and Climate Resilience through The SUN Program.