HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles – The International Council of Tourism Partners welcomed its second destination member from Nigeria, the Ekiti State Bureau of Tourism Development.
Tourism development is on the agenda of Ekiti State Governor Kayode Fayemi, as a complete enterprise-oriented focus. This is a landmark achievement in the annals of Ekiti history, as no administration has designed clear-cut action plans aimed at tapping the great tourism potentials of Ekiti State through the development of its tourism endowments and destination products.
The Ekiti Tourism Development Bureau is a government agency with a private-sector outlook that has responsibility for the development, coordination, and implementation of the state’s tourism. The Tourism Development Bureau’s aim is to make Ekiti State an attractive destination for relaxation and holidays by building a heliport, world-class hotel and accommodation facilities, and developing the tourism corridor consisting of the towns, cities, and tourist attractions of Efon, Okemesi, Ikogosi, Ipole, and Iloro.
“It is vitally important to the Ekiti Tourism Development Bureau to create a sustainable tourism brand with a focus on boosting its revenue, employment generation, and improved standard of living for its people,” said ICTP Chairman Juergen T. Steinmetz, “a mission that ties right into the ICTP’s work for quality green tourism growth.”
The Ekiti Tourism Development Bureau is working to drive tourism through private sector investment, public-private partnership, and stakeholder involvement, such that the State achieves tourism market leadership in sub-Saharan Africa within the next five years. It seeks to re-position Ekiti tourism, thereby turning the State into one big tourist center, making it a preferred destination in the country where Nigerians or residents constantly seek to go.
For more information, go to www.ekititourism.com .
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 has members in Anguilla; Aruba; Bangladesh; Belgium, Belize; Brazil; Canada; Caribbean; China; Croatia; The Gambia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Grenada; India; Indonesia; Iran; Korea (South); La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malaysia; Malawi; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Northern Mariana Islands (USA Pacific Island Territory); Sultanate of Oman; Pakistan; Palestine; Philippines; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Trinidad & Tobago; Yemen; Zambia; Zimbabwe; and from the US: Arizona, California, Florida, 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; Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association; Caribbean Tourism Organization; Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses; Cultural and Environment Conservation Society; DC-Cam (Cambodia); Euro Congres; Hawaii Tourism Association; International Delphic Council (IDC); International Foundation for Aviation and Development, Montreal, Canada; International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT); International Organization of Electronic Tourism Industry (IOETI), Italy; Positive Impact Events, Manchester, UK; RETOSA: Angola - Botswana - DR Congo - Lesotho - Madagascar - Malawi - Mauritius - Mozambique - Namibia - South Africa - Swaziland - Tanzania - Zambia- Zimbabwe; Routes, 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; WATA World Association of Travel Agencies, Switzerland; as well as university and educational institute partners.
For more information, go to: www.tourismpartners.org .