|Dr. Taleb Rifai||Chairman||Former Secretary General United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)|
|Hon. Najib Balala, EGH||Vice-Chairman||Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Kenya|
|Gerald Lawless||Member||WTTC Ambassador Former Chairman of WTTC Former President & Group CEO of Jumeirah Group|
|Isabel Hill||Member||Director National Travel and Tourism Office (USA)|
|Anita Mendiratta||Member||Founder & President CACHET Consulting|
|Daniela Wagner||Member||Director, International Partnership Jacobs Media Group (UK)|
|Prof. Dimitrios Buhalis||Member||Director of the eTourism Lab, Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism And Hospitality Research (UK)|
|Dr. Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore||Member||Senior Researcher & Lecturer, Griffith Institute for Tourism, Brisbane, Australia|
|Ibrahim Ayoub||Member||ITIC Organiser and CEO Daiichi Display Ltd|
|Sen M.RAMSAMY||Secretary to the Board||Managing Director, Tourism Business Intelligence Vanilla Islands, Africa & Middle East|
09 November 2019
Re: Thank you Note
It has really been an intense past 2 weeks and I just can’t believe that we are Friday 09 November a week after this resounding success of the Launch Event of ITIC which everybody in the Tourism industry in the UK and globally congratulating for such an initiative and which I have personally echoed and witnessed from the several gatherings during the past few days in London.
I would like personally to thank you all members of the Advisory Board, namely: Dr. Taleb Rifai our Chairman, Hon. Najib Balala our Vice-Chairman, Gerald Lawless, Isabel Hill, Daniela Wagner, Anita Mendiratta, Dimitrios Buhalis, Susanna Saari, Sen Ramsamy, Catheryn Khoo-Lattimore for your precious contribution, time and effort for the past few months which lead to the positive results we all enjoying.
I think a new baby is born with multiple capabilities. It’s a start of a new adventure with new partnership agreements to stir the next phase of global investment through tourism and peace and also as a model of development that can promote self-employment among the local community in a sustainable manner in both Africa and island economies and other parts of the world. I believe & think we have a fantastic concept – Think Tourism 360 which is the Think Tank of the organisation through its conferences and events and Investourism our tourism investment platform.
Well, on behalf of our Advisory Board our biggest gratitude goes to H.E Mrs. Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca The President of Malta, our patron and who has graciously accepted to participate in the Launch event of ITIC.
Our sincere thanks also goes to Ministers of Tourism present namely: Hon. Najib Balala of Kenya, Hon. Edmund Bartlett of Jamaica and Hon. Konrad Mizzi of Malta for their valuable contributions.
I would like to thank also everyone who has helped us to materialize this Launch Event, our media partners IC Publications and its Director Omar Ben Yedder, publisher of Africa Business, New African and The New African Woman, Jacobs Media group and Travel Weekly, in particularly Daniela Wagner, ETurbo news, Finn Partners our PR firm in particularly Debbie Flynn, our supporting partners WTTC and SKAL International, our sponsors Intercontinental and Daiichi and to my shareholders and whole team at Daiichi for their full support which have contributed for the success of this Launch Event.
Thank you also to all my friends in the UK and also to all the staff of the hotel: the technicians, the waiters and everyone who have helped us to realize this project.
On a personal note, I wish to present a sincere and warm thank you to my relatives and family in particularly my wife Izrina and to my little girl Izia whom I have missed a lot during the past 2 weeks.
Now I would like to thank someone deep of my heart, a very good good good man, my very good friend Dr. Taleb Rifai and as we call him the God Father of the global tourism industry, he continues to crusade the world to inspire us with deep knowledge and hands-on experience of global tourism and without him this project would not have been able to take off.
As stated above, a new baby is born with multiple capabilities and already linking strong ties and partnerships with the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation and the Global Resilience Center and Crisis Management and we would like in the future to build up many more partnerships with other oganisations as our mission is to bring everyone together and promote tourism through peace. A special thank you to Andrew Muscat and Hon. Edmund Bartlett from the two above-mentioned organisations for their unflinching support.
Finally, I would like to have a special word of thanks to Daniela Wagner and Anita Mendiratta for their unflinching support and precious collaboration by driving the Launch Event with dexterity and mastery.
Tourism is a great industry, an industry that can stimulate all the other sectors of the economy and our conference next year will focus on tourism development in the rising continent of Africa and island economies to prosper in a sustainable manner and through peace.
Thank you again.
& CEO Daiichi Display Ltd
Official Launching of the International Tourism & Investment Conference (ITIC) 2019
on 02 November, 2018 at the InterContinental Park Lane, London.
The International Tourism and Investment Conference 2019 was successfully launched on the 02 November 2018 at the InterContinental Park Lane, Mayfair, London in the presence of Her Excellency Mrs Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, President of Malta who graced the event and under the leadership of Dr Taleb Rifai, Chairman of ITIC Advisory Board and former Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). ITIC 2019 is an initiative of Daiichi Display Ltd, conceived and headed by its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Ibrahim Ayoub.
The function has the participation of Tourism Ministers namely: Honourable Najib Balala, Minister of Tourism and Wildlife of Kenya, and Vice-Chairman of ITIC, Honourable Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism of Jamaica, and President of the Global Tourism Resilience Centre and Crisis Management, and Honourable Konrad Mizzi, Minister of Tourism of Malta. The event was widely attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps, other distinguished personalities, CEOs of the tourism industry, bankers and representative of a few financial services companies. There was also presence of journalists from the specialised and international media to cover the launch event.
H.E. The President of Malta, Mrs Marie-Louis Coleiro Preca, delivered a highly inspiring keynote address on that occasion and lauded the efforts of the organisers to build synergies among the various tourism players across the globe (https://president.gov.mt/press-centre-statement/keynote-speech-delivered-president-malta-marie-louise-coleiro-preca-international-tourism-investment-conference-itic-london-2-november-2018/ ). The Chairman of ITIC Advisory Board, Dr Taleb Rifai delivered the welcome speech for that occasion and he also centred his speech around the need for innovation in tourism through partnership and synergies. Mrs Isabel Hill, Director of Travel & Tourism Office, USA, also delivered a speech on the occasion. Mrs Daniela Wagner, Director of International Partnerships at Jacob Media Group, UK, was the MC of the ceremony. The official launching was immediately followed by a brief presentation of Tourism in Malta by the Minister of Tourism of Malta and high-level panel discussions moderated by Mrs Anita Mendiratta, Founder and CEO of Cachet Consulting and Lead Consultant of CNN International T.A.S.K group. The panellists for the round table discussions comprised eminent personalities, namely: H.E. Mrs Marie-Louise Coliero Preca, President of Malta, Hon. Najib Balala, Minister of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica, Mr Gerald Lawless, former Chairman of the World Travel and Tourism Council and former CEO of Jumeira Group, Dubai, Mr Saleh Said, CEO of Penny Royal Ltd promoter of a tourism village in Zanzibar.
ITIC 2019 will take place in November 2019 in London and will see the participation of high calibre speakers from various parts of the world. It will be attended by about 500 delegates: tourism project owners and promoters having live and bankable projects, tourism experts, investors, funding agencies, private equity firms, technology experts and journalists will discuss major issues related to tourism and investment. A special emphasis will be laid of tourism investment in Africa and island destinations.
A Strategic Partnership between ITIC, the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation and the Global Tourism Centre for Resilience and Crisis Management which was agreed on 28 October 2018 in Malta under the Patronage of the President of Malta, was announced on that day. Mr Ibrahim Ayoub also unfolded the logo of Investourism with its mandate to facilitate and connecting tourism projects in Africa and Island economies to investors and which will henceforth serve as investment facilitator.
ITIC is going to tackle key global tourism issues through its concept Think Tourism 360 and Investourism, its investment tourism platform. The conference will mainly focus on investment through tourism in Africa and Island economies covering the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, Pacific Ocean and all other islands nations worldwide.
As stated by the Organiser, “ITIC is a unique platform uniting a broad spectrum of stakeholders of global tourism industry: Finance and Tourism Ministers, policy makers, tourism experts, tourism project owners, funding agencies, high-net worth investors, bankers, private equity firms, fund managers, venture capitalists, family offices, law firms… in order to tackle key global tourism issues and challenges faced by African and island economies. We aim at bridging investments and innovation in tourism projects in Africa and Island nations with a view to promoting inclusive growth and sustainable economic growth.”
Mr Ibrahim Ayoub, principal organiser and CEO of Daiichi Display Ltd presented the closing speech and a vote of thanks. The ceremony ended in a very cordial atmosphere set around a lavish buffet dinner that regrouped all VIPs and guests altogether at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London.
ITIC has the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and Skal International as Supporting Partners and Jacobs Media Group, Travel Weekly, ETN Eturbo news, Africa Business, Africa Banker, New African Woman and The New African as Media Partners.
The ITIC Advisory Board also met earlier on that day at the InterContinental Park Lane Hotel, London, under the chairmanship of Dr Taleb Rifai.
Registration of participants and sponsors for ITIC 2019 can be made online at www.itic.uk
To download pictures please click http://itic.uk/the-itic-launch-event-02-nov-2018-gallery/
To view video of the Launch Event please click http://itic.uk/videos/
For more information please contact the Organiser of ITIC Mr. Ibrahim Ayoub at email@example.com or call on mobile 5251 4925
London 15 November 2018
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