The International Tourism Partnership is a part of Business in the Community (BITC), the Prince's Responsible Business Network. BITC works with its member companies to create healthy communities with successful businesses at their heart.
Although part of BITC, ITP has its own ITP Board, Executive Committee and Advisory Panel:
The ITP Board comprises of member company representatives at CEO or C-suite level. The chair is drawn from and elected by the members of the ITP Board for a renewable two year term. In an advisory capacity, it provides strategic and operational guidance to the ITP Team to further the mission of ITP, with members acting as ITP ambassadors with key stakeholder groups. The ITP Director, Madhu Rajesh, is a permanent member of the ITP Board and reports on ITP activities. The ITP Board meets annually.
The ITP Board includes Wolfgang M. Neumann, Chairman – International Tourism Partnership; Non-Executive Director, Radisson Hotel Group; Puneet Chhatwal, CEO, Indian Hotels Company Limited; Christian Clerc, President Worldwide Hotel Operations, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts; Katie Fallon, Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Hilton Worldwide; Melissa Froehlich Flood, Vice President and Head of Global Social Impact and Public Affairs, Marriott International; Even Frydenberg, President & CEO, Scandic Hotels; Peter Fulton, Group President EAME / Southwest Asia, Hyatt Hotels Corporation; Ida Gutierrez de Escofet, SVP of Corporate Affairs and Communications, NH Hotel Group Dimitris Manikis, President of Europe, Africa, Middle East and Eurasia, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts; James Pitcher, ITP Exec Committee Chair, Director of Sustainability, Whitbread plc ; Sonu Shivdasani, Chairman and CEO, Soneva; George Turner, EVP, General Counsel & Company Secretary, InterContinental Hotels Group; Chris Vaughan, General Counsel, Whitbread; Thomas Willms, CEO, Deutsche Hospitality.
ITP Executive Committee
ITP’s Executive Committee is the more active and operational part of the organisation. Also drawn from ITP members, the committee meets twice a year for collaborative and action-orientated debate and discussion. It is the Executive Committee that, through consensus, guides the activities and programmes of ITP. The Chair of the Executive Committee sits on the ITP Board in an intermediary capacity between the Board and Committee.
The Executive Committee includes Lena Bjurner, CSVP HR & Sustainability, Scandic Hotels; Marié Fukudome, Director, Environmental Affairs, Hyatt ; Inge Huijbrechts, Global Senior Vice President Responsible Business and Safety & Security, Radisson Hotel Group; Heather Jacobs, Senior Vice President International and Corporate Human Resources, Four Seasons ; Marta Martin, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, NH Hotel Group ; Caroline Meledo, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights, Hilton ; PV Murthy, Executive Vice President, Global Head HR, The Indian Hotels Company Ltd; Arnfinn Oines, Social and Environmental Conscience, Soneva ; James Pitcher, ITP Exec Committee Chair, Director of Sustainability, Whitbread plc ; Tu Rinsche, Director, Social Impact and Global Responsibility, Marriott ; Cheryl Rosario, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy, Wyndham Hotels & resorts ; Matthew Turner, Director, Corporate Responsibility & IHG Foundation (Americas), IHG ; Lars Wahnschaffe, Senior Manager Corporate Social Responsibility, Deutsche Hospitality .
ITP Working Groups
ITP has four practical Working Groups consisting of member CR representatives who collaborate across our four critical issues. The Working Groups meet regularly throughout the year, either in person or via virtual conferencing to share best practice, to workshop solutions and to learn from each other, taking the solutions back to their own companies. They help drive the projects and programmes that ITP prioritises, and help the organisation remain resourceful and relevant for the wider membership.
The four Working Groups are: the Water Working Group; the Carbon Working Group; the Youth Employment Working Group and the Human Rights Working Group.
ITP Advisory Panel
The Advisory Panel is an international group of leaders in hospitality management, sustainable tourism, research, education and training. The Panel has been established to strengthen the relationship between the hotel, travel, tourism industry and education and research. The aim is to work with leading academics and authorities in sharing, documenting and communicating best practices to the leaders and future leaders of the hotel, travel and tourism industry.
The Advisory Panel consists of Harold Goodwin - Chair of the Advisory Panel, Emeritus Professor and Director of the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University; Susanne Becken, Professor of Sustainable Tourism at Griffith University, Australia; Walter Jamieson, Professor and Director, Service Innovation Program, College of Innovation; Jan Peter Bergkvist, Sustainability advisor and owner of SleepWell AB; Nancy Loman Scanlon, Associate Professor, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University and Gregoir Chikaher, Director, Arup, Head of Arup Global Hotels & Leisure.