20 Aug 2012
(Forimmediaterelease.net) HALEIWA, Hawaii, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles – The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced that the Ministry of Tourism&Wildlife has become the first destination member from the Sudan.
Sudan’s Ministry of Tourism&Wildlife performs its activities in integration with several units, consisting of a central ministry, wildlife preservation department, tourism police forces department, international Sudanese tourism company, and international Quasr Company.
The ministry set up tourism law and the regulation in order to organize tourism activity and work, and to confirm the authorization of the federal ministry in controlling and inspecting tourist institutions and establishments on federal and states levels, keeping standardization and specification in the hotels and in tourism establishments.
The Ministry of Tourism&Wildlife also works to protect wildlife, as well as administering national game reserve parks, with the view to preserving the environment and diverse resources of Sudan. The Ministry sees wildlife as a national resource of promotion to activate domestic and external tourism.
Additionally, efforts are ongoing to preserve national tourist destinations and establishments, as well as promoting tourism within the framework of a good atmosphere of social and cultural interaction with other people.
Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of ICTP, said: “When peace comes to the region, Sudan will have real unused capacity to boost it's economy through travelism and to take advantage of its unspoiled landscapes and deep cultural heritage. ICTP increasingly has the means to help in this process.”
ICTP Chairman Juergen T. Steinmetz said: “Sudan’s Ministry of Tourism&Wildlife aims to keep Sudanese values and traditions in mind as it builds its tourism sector. The Ministry understands that tourism will help to boost the economy and provide job opportunities.”
Sudan has 6 national parks covering a total area of 60,370 sq.km. and19 game reserves with a total area of 35,500 sq.km. thus, a total area of around 100,000 sq. km. are designated for wildlife protection areas. Sudan enjoys a wide spectrum of climatic and environmental conditions that are manifested in the existence of a great wealth of animals and birds species.
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; 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, Illinois, 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.