The International Tourism Partnership provides a non-competitive platform for hotel industry leaders to share ideas, build relationships and work collaboratively to make this one of the world’s most responsible industries.
Whilst demonstrating value to members is top priority, ITP exists for a whole host of people and organisations beyond its membership, collaborating and brokering relationships between businesses, industry-associations, non-profit organisations, campaigners, suppliers and academics.
What have been some of the milestones along the way?
Published in 1993 and now available online, the Environmental Management for Hotels, was one of the first comprehensive guides to quality environmental management.
In 2004 we launched the Youth Career Initiative (YCI), a six-month work and life skills programme for disadvantaged young people, delivered through a unique partnership with the hotel industry and local community NGOs.
In 2007 ITP launched its Going Green guide – a free and easy-to-follow framework for the wider hospitality industry.
In 2010, the US State Department began funding the YCI programme to help support the re-integration of survivors of human trafficking into work and society.
In 2012, YCI began operating in its 12th country (India), with the active support of Accenture and the HIFI hotel investment conference.
In 2013 ITP became part of Business in the Community, the Prince’s responsible business network, which works with business to shape a fairer society and more sustainable future.
In 2015 ITP launched a 5 year strategic growth plan for Youth Career Initiative.
In 2015 ITP launched the Hotel Water Measurement Initiative.
Since 1995, Green Hotelier Magazine (now online at www.greenhotelier.org) has been the leading voice regarding the sustainable and responsible agenda in the hospitality industry.
In 2005, ITP published the Sustainable Hotel Siting and Design Guidelines, on the back of industry demand.
In 2010 ITP launched its first working group on sustainable certification schemes. Since then ITP has led numerous working groups on issues such as human trafficking, carbon measurement, and supply chains.
In 2011 the Hotel Carbon Management Initiative was launched in partnership with the World Travel and Tourism Council – a collaborative initiative to unite hotel industry efforts to calculate and communicate carbon emissions in a uniform way.
In 2014, ITP ran its first ever Stakeholder Dialogue Day bringing together hotel industry leaders and stakeholders to discuss water and labour standards.
ITP now has 17 corporate members with a collective reach of over 24,000 properties, more than 3.5m rooms and 1.5m employees in over 100 countries worldwide.
The International Tourism Partnership is proud to work with some of the world’s leading hotel companies. Click each member’s logo for full details:
Director of Environment & Market Solutions, BITC
Stephen studied languages at Oxford University and after five years at British Airways, managed Partnerships at VisitBritain. As Director of Membership and Marketing at the RSA, he was closely involved in the 'Carbon Limited' project. Since 2009, Stephen's passion and commitment for responsible business has deepened as Director of ITP. Stephen was appointed director of Environment and Market Solutions at BITC and retains overall responsibility for ITP.
Fran has over 20 years' experience in the industry, starting as a tour leader for Explore, then product and marketing for CTS Horizons, returning to Explore as Area Manager for the Middle East, later leading the company's responsible tourism strategy. Following a Masters in Environmental Strategy, Fran ran several sustainable tourism projects for The Travel Foundation and was a sustainable tourism consultant before joining ITP in 2012. She was appointed Director of ITP in October 2015.
Nicolas has been working on climate change and corporate social responsibility (CSR) since 2009, advising companies and policy makers. After graduating from Paris Dauphine University, he joined Unisfera's work on the implementation of Rio Conventions with UN agencies, then focused on low carbon and responsible business strategies for the private sector as a national coordinator for APCC, and head of CSR department for A2DM. Nicolas joined ITP as Programme Manager in January 2016.
Editor Green Hotelier & Acting Communications Manager
After working at Radio Times for six years, Siobhan has become an established freelance journalist working across titles including the Guardian, The Times, Woman, Essentials and Caterer & Hotelkeeper. As well as her role at ITP, Siobhan is Communications Associate of the Eating Better alliance which encourages the consumption of less and better meat for a fair, green, healthy future.
After graduating from Oxford University, Holly worked for insight agencies developing brand and communication plans for clients including TUI, BBC and John Lewis. After circumnavigating the world without flying in 2008, she became Marketing Manager for Greentraveller and a freelance copywriter and strategy consultant. At ITP Holly is co-Editor of Green Hotelier and Communications Manager for ITP and YCI.
Head of YCI
Since 2006 Alberto has been responsible for the global expansion and operation of the Youth Career Initiative. He has 12 years of experience in the private and non-profit sectors specialising in training and development, human resource management and organisational development. Alberto completed a BA degree in Business Administration in his homeland Venezuela and holds an MA degree in Human Resource Development and Consulting from Lancaster University.
Alex permanently joined the team in October 2015 as Programme Coordinator after having spent 5 months working on a research and data project for the Youth Career Initiative and providing interim coordinator support. After studying History and Politics at the University of Sheffield, Alex worked as a Festival Assistant for Sheffield International Documentary Festival. She then pursued a Master's degree in International Development, conducting research in Nepal and graduating with a Distinction.
YCI Strategy & Funding Alliances
Barbara began supporting the YCI team as a contractor in 2014 to establish strategic funding partnerships. Barbara brings with her a great knowledge and appreciation for YCI through her 15-year affiliation with ITP where she served on the Executive Committee and YCI Working Group in her capacity as senior director social responsibility for Marriott International.
YCI Partnerships & Operations Manager
Scott has over eight years of experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors in roles including fundraising, communications, programme management and front-line service delivery. Scott joined YCI from Changemakers, a UK youth leadership charity in October 2014. He is now responsible for managing new and existing partnerships with hotels and NGOs.
YCI Communications and Reporting Co-ordinator
Devika studied Philosophy at the University of London and then went on to pursue a Master’s Degree at Oxford University. She has spent the last few years working closely with The Bhumi Project, where she was involved in marketing and community engagement projects. Most recently, she was Marketing Officer at Society for the Environment.
YCI Regional Co-ordinator, Americas
Priscila has five years of experience in events management within the hospitality sector. In her last position, she worked for the Grand Hyatt São Paulo as Event and Groups Coordinator, where she organised several national and international events for corporate clients. She holds a hotel management degree from Brazilian National Service of Commercial Learning, SENAC. Priscila now co-ordinates YCI programmes across South and Central America from Sao Paulo.
YCI Regional Co-ordinator, Asia Pacific
Santosh has over 11 years of experience in business development and cross-sector partnerships. Before joining YCI he managed the Livelihoods Support Department at Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (partner of YCI). He also holds a Master of Commerce from Mumbai University. Santosh helps to co-ordinate YCI operations across Asia-Pacific and is based in Mumbai.
YCI Regional Co-ordinator, Middle East & Africa
Samron joined YCI from ACCA Ethiopia and before that he was in charge of the Training and Quality Performance Review Unit of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Addis Ababa. Samron also previously worked for the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia for over 10 years. He now helps run YCI operations throughout Africa and the Middle East from Addis Ababa.
The International Tourism Partnership has over 20 years of experience leading the responsible business agenda within the hotel industry.
Working as a partnership broker, across the non-profit, government and business sectors has enabled International Tourism Partnership to gain a vast network of contacts and trust throughout the industry and beyond. Here are just a few of the organisations we work with: