25 Jul 2012
(Forimmediaterelease.net) HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that the Thessaloniki Convention&Visitors Bureau (TCVB) joined as its first destination member from Greece.
The Thessaloniki Convention&Visitors Bureau was founded by the Thessaloniki Hotel Association and operates as a nonprofit organization. It consists of, and is supported by, a number of members drawn from the city’s enterprises that work in the field of conference tourism, providing a wide range of services in connection with the organization of conventions, meetings, and other related activities. Thessaloniki has both hotel conference centers, as well as independent conference venues, and other unique locations where conferences can be held, such as museums and theatres.
Thessaloniki is the center of the Greek North and the country’s second largest city. With a history of twenty-three centuries reflected in its countless ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and modern monuments, this port city, now home to more than a million people, has always been a cosmopolitan metropolis and a powerful economic and cultural force throughout the entire southeastern European region. Today, more than ever, Thessaloniki is in a position to offer its visitors unique and unforgettable experiences.
The city has its own special atmosphere - a blend of western civilization and eastern influence – and its natural beauty spots and endless emerald-green shores are less than an hour away. Here, visitors can discover a fascinating journey into art and civilization through its museums, galleries, and unique monuments. In addition, Thessaloniki is renowned for its lively nightlife and is considered to be the gastronomic capital of the country, with famous restaurants and many local specialties.
ICTP Chairman Juergen T. Steinmetz said: “The Thessaloniki Convention&Visitors Bureau excels as a destination choice for conference organizers, and ICTP is proud to have it join as a destination member. The city of Thessaloniki has a wide selection of venues and hotels open all year round.” Thessaloniki has hosted major international events such as: the Cultural Capital of Europe in 1997, the European Council Meeting (EU Summit) in 2003, and football matches of the 2004 Olympics.
For more information about the Thessaloniki Convention&Visitors Bureau, go to www.tcvb.gr/ .
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; 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; Cultural and Environment Conservation Society; DC-Cam (Cambodia); Euro Congres; Hawaii Tourism Association; International Delphic Council (IDC); International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT); International Organization of Electronic Tourism Industry (IOETI); 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; as well as university and educational institute partners.