First member from Bangladesh joins International Council of Tourism Partners

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HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) welcomed the Bangladesh International Hotel Association (BIHA) as a destination m

HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) welcomed the Bangladesh International Hotel Association (BIHA) as a destination member.

Established in 1980, the Hotel Association of Bangladesh is the apex organization of the Bangladeshi hospitality industry. With its membership extending from the major hotel groups; boutique hotels; heritage hotels; large, medium-sized, and smaller hotels, it represents the entire spectrum of the industry.

BIHA’s mission is to facilitate the full potential of Bangladesh’s hotel and tourism industry by raising a concerted voice to make a conductive environment for the growth of this sector. BIHA aims at serving its members by fulfilling their needs and building partnerships in a socially-responsible and sustainable manner. BIHA envisions itself to become the national driving force to achieve a world-class, vibrant hotel industry with the private sector leadership, which will fuel the country’s development.

ICTP Chairman Juergen T. Steinmetz said: “Hospitality will become one of the largest industries for Bangladesh and could generate additional jobs across the country if it can organize the sector and address its issues properly. ICTP’s membership base can help BHIA in their efforts through networking and increasing awareness.”

Realizing the job creation potential of the industry, BIHA will raise awareness across government, media, and the general public of the importance of hotel industry and the crucial role it will play in Bangladesh’s economy. The Bangladesh International Hotel Association is working to secure for the hotel industry its due place in Bangladesh’s economy and project its role as a contributor to employment generation and sustainable economic and social development. It strives to highlight its crucial role in service to the tourism industry as the largest net foreign exchange earner, and to help raise the standards of hoteliering, and to build an image for this industry both within and outside the country.

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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; 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; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Trinidad & Tobago; Yemen; Zambia; 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; 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.

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