Airlines Ambassadors International and ICTP to work together to combat human trafficking


HAWAII, USA; BRUSSELS, Belgium; VICTORIA, Seychelles; BALI, Indonesia – The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) announced its recognition of Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) today for their outstanding work in responding to humanitarian tragedies and agreed to partner with the organization to support their action to combat human trafficking. ICTP will encourage its members to engage with Airline Ambassadors in their airport-focused initiatives and their training sessions for airlines, hotels, tour operators, and other front-line staff.

Moreover, as a result of this collaboration, all ICTP Council Members will be offered the course free of charge. This can include tourism boards, airlines, airports, hotels, and other ICTP stakeholders joining the ICTP Council Membership.

ICTP Chairman Juergen Thomas Steinmetz said: “We’re very excited to integrate Airline Ambassadors International’s services into the portfolio of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners. This cooperation opens many new opportunities for ICTP and our members. We’re looking forward to offering training programs against human trafficking to our destination, airports, and airline Council Members.”

Founder of AAI, Nancy Rivard, said: “After correctly identifying trafficking on four flights in 2009, AAI coordinated two congressional briefing’s on the issue and worked closely with Homeland Security and Custom’s Border Protection to develop an industry-specific, 90-minute training for the travel industry, consistent with Homeland Security’s ‘Blue Campaign.’”

“Airline Ambassadors has provided 13 successful trainings so far to more than a thousand individuals at DFW, HNL, SFO, and DCA airports as well as at the International Tour Management Conference and Traveler’s Aid National Conference and Sabre-Holdings with excellent responses,” said Sandy Dhuyvetter, Executive Producer at TravelTalkMEDIA and a Trafficking Awareness Developer/Trainer for Airline Ambassadors International.

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The International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is a grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth. 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, fair coherent taxation, and investments for jobs. 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. ICTP has over 100 destination members, including: Anguilla; Aruba; Australia; Bangladesh; Belgium, Belize; Brazil; Canada; Caribbean; China; Croatia; Cyprus; Ecuador; Egypt; (The) Gambia; Georgia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Grenada; India; Indonesia; Iran; Italy; Jordan; Kenya; Korea (South); La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malawi; Malaysia; Mauritius; Mexico; Morocco; (The) Netherlands; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Northern Mariana Islands (USA Pacific Island Territory); Romania; Sultanate of Oman; Pakistan; Palestine; Philippines; Portugal; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; South Africa; Sri Lanka; St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean); St. Kitts; St. Lucia; Sudan; Swaziland; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Trinidad & Tobago; Uganda; USA; Yemen; Zambia; and Zimbabwe.

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