It has now been confirmed that the President and the Chairman of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) are both flying to Seychelles to be present at the Official Opening Ceremony of the annual Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands Carnival.
Mr. Juergen Steinmetz from Hawaii, the current Chairman of the worldwide tourism organization, will be traveling to Seychelles with Mr. Geoffrey Lipman, the President of ICTP.
ICTP is a tourism organization bringing together tourism personalities as well and tourism boards and major tourism entities, which has grown its membership since its launch at World Travel Market (WTM) two years ago. ICTP works alongside the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and supports the works in tourism where green growth and quality remains the guiding operations mode.
Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, is a founding a member of ICTP alongside Juergen Steinmetz and Geoffrey Lipman.
On receiving the confirmation that both the Chairman and President of the organization are flying to Seychelles for the 2013 edition of the carnival, Seychelles Minister St.Ange said that he was appreciative of ICTP to be present at the event now listed as the “carnival of carnivals” where the best and most known carnivals of the world parade side by side, followed by cultural troupes from the Community of Nations. “Seychelles and the Vanilla islands staged an event where governments and tourism boards have the unique opportunity to showcase their own Unique Selling Points (USPs), their culture, and their people to the world through the gathered bank of press. For tourism organizations, the carnival in Seychelles is like a tourism trade fair, offering the opportunity for countries who are promoting themselves as tourism destinations the possibility to fly their flags and to highlight their USPs as they showcase their tourism potential through their cultural assets to the gathered press,” Seychelles Minister St.Ange said.
The Seychelles Minister went on to spell out the benefits of the membership of ICTP. “We all needed an organization that looks at tourism from the bottom up. ICTP remains a people’s organization for the tourism industry, the industry that remains a people’s industry. Together we can move goal posts and put into focus, areas of concern or points of interest from those who are actively involved in the industry. Seychelles as a country which is dependent on tourism, is proud to be a full member of ICTP the organization, and we encourage others to do likewise. Tourism is and remains the pillar of our economy, and we appreciate the importance of all serious tourism players to work together to help reposition our vital industry,” Minister Alain St.Ange said.