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 2016 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’s corporate members have 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 is director of Environment and Market Solutions at BITC and retains overall responsibility for ITP.
Fran has over 20 years' experience in the industry; as tour leader for Explore, later Area Manager for the Middle East, and then 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 in October 2015.
Nicolas has worked on climate change and corporate social responsibility since 2009, advising companies and policy makers. On graduating Paris Dauphine University he joined Unisfera, aiding 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 in January 2016.
Communications Manager, Editor Green Hotelier
Siobhan was a freelance journalist and copywriter specialising in hospitality, catering and tourism for over ten years. She has written for a wide range of national, industry and consumer titles, and managed sustainability-based communications campaigns. Siobhan has a special interest in environmental, sustainability and social action stories, in particular as they pertain to responsible business in the hotels sector. Siobhan joined ITP in 2013.
Alex joined ITP permanently in October 2015 having spent five months working on a research and data project for the Youth Career Initiative and providing interim coordinator support. Having studied history and politics at 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.
Head of the Youth Career Initiative
Scott is passionate about addressing the causes of social inequality and promoting social mobility. With over 10 years’ experience in the public, private and non-profit sectors, Scott joined ITP in October 2014 as Partnerships and Operations Manager before becoming Head of YCI in November 2016. Prior roles include Scholé and Changemakers. He brings experience in fundraising, communications, team and programme management, and front-line service delivery.
YCI Global Operations Manager
James is passionate about reducing social inequality and supporting disadvantaged children and young people. Prior to joining YCI in early 2017, some of James’ previous positions included working as the CEO of Camara Education in Zambia, the Communications and Fundraising Manager of Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation in Vietnam, and as a monitoring and evaluation consultant for Tackle Africa in Uganda, and Alive and Kicking in Zambia.
YCI Communications and Reporting Co-ordinator
Devika studied philosophy at the University of London and 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. Devi joined ITP in 2015.
YCI Partnerships Manager, Latin America
Priscila has five years’ events management experience 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 Partnerships Manager, 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 (a partner of YCI). Santosh holds a Master of Commerce from Mumbai University. He joined ITP in 2013 and co-ordinates YCI operations across Asia-Pacific and is based in Mumbai.
YCI Partnerships Manager, South Asia
Following her PostGrad in Development Communication from Jamia Millia Islamia Mass Communication and Research Centre, Shiksha joined the Gandhi Fellowship working on the Headmaster Leadership development programme with MCGM, implementing the School Excellence Programme. Passionate about working with young adults, Shiksha began work with KSWA-YP as an LDC Coordinator becoming Area Manager for Delhi / NCR, and implementing the YCI programme in Delhi and Gurgaon region.
Partnerships Manager for EMEA
Lara has over 13 years’ experience with non-profits, multilateral and bilateral organisations, working across areas of development including youth, gender, socio-economic empowerment and child protection, on a local, regional and international level. Prior to joining YCI, Lara was working between UNICEF and the Jordanian Government and is a strong believer and passionate about human development and empowerment, with focus on youth empowerment.
Strategic Partnerships Manager
Arlene joined YCI in March 2017 as Strategic Partnerships Manager. Arlene is a development professional with extensive experience in fundraising for community based organisations operating globally. Arlene is passionate about tackling extreme poverty and socio-economic inequalities through youth empowerment initiatives. The Northern Ireland political conflict drove her desire for inclusive development for youth, earning her a National Award in Sociology. Arlene is co-founder of Feeding Dreams Cambodia.
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: