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.
Chief Operating Officer, Business in the Community
Much of Drake’s career has been spent in financial service straddling New York and London (where he has been based since 1992). He has held senior roles in asset management (most recently as COO of Neuberger Berman’s Europe, Middle East and Latin America activities) and capital markets (including 15 years with JPMorgan Chase). For more than 20 years Drake has also been active in philanthropic roles, predominantly focused on education and accessibility. Since 2016 he has served as a Commissioner of the US-UK Fulbright Commission and he is a founding Trustee of the UK Friends of Georgetown University.
Director, International Tourism Partnership
Madhu began her career working in operations, sales and marketing across the Middle East, Eastern Europe and the UK for a range of hotel groups. She has spent the last decade working in the not-for-profit sector on a range of development issues including education, water & sanitation, sustainable cities and human rights. She joins ITP from WSUP (Water & Sanitation For Urban Poor) where she was Director for Partnerships & Development, before which she worked for The British Asian Trust, another Prince’s Charity.
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.
Alex joined the ITP team in 2015 as a short term researcher, staying with the team to help coordinate the global team and programmes. Towards the end of 2017, Alex has taken up the position of Project Manager, leading on a number of strategic projects across the team, supporting fundraising and establishing YCI in some locations in Europe. Alex has a Master’s degree in International Development from Sheffield University, motivated by a passion for equal opportunities and sustainable development. Through this role she hopes to ensure that the hotel sector positively impact local communities where they operate.
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 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, East & South East Asia Pacific
Thu is dedicated to supporting disadvantaged people in overcoming poverty and building better futures for themselves. Before joining ITP, Thu spent two years at an EU funded development project, developing sustainable tourism as a key growth area. She also worked in the EU Delegation to Vietnam, and has volunteered for Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation. She holds a Master in Project Management by UCD Business Graduate School where she actively participated in fundraising activities for Plan International Ireland.
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.
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.
In 2017 ITP members supported the launch of our Global Goals for 2030 which align our actions with the United Nations’ SDGs and unite the hotel industry for a sustainable future.
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 has over 25 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: