ICTP (International Council of Tourism Partners) is proud to announce that Mr. Ray Bloom, IMEX Group Chairman, is the first person to be named to ICTP’s “Industry Visionaries” roll. ICTP has long been a supporter of IMEX America, and equally important, has been a friend and admirer of Ray Bloom and what he has done for the meetings industry.
When Ray was about to launch EIBTM more than 20 years ago, he visited with ICTP President Geoffrey Lipman in Geneva and laid out his plans to create the biggest MICE event ever. He had no backers – just an embryonic plan and a vision. Mr. Lipman remembers listening to Ray, smiling, and thinking, “He’s charming, but he’s crazy!”
Over the years, Ray proved Geoffrey wrong on the second point, and he even asked Geoffrey to keynote his first exhibition. Over the years, Mr. Lipman has had that honor several times – each to a bigger, more committed audience.
Today Ray is on the verge of fulfilling his great vision for the third time, and in the process is playing an important role in advancing the travel industry on the world stage. He still remains the warm, personal, family-oriented man who has time for every exhibitor no matter whether they are big, small, or simply a start-up.
Ray’s exhibitions are very important to ICPT, because they embody ICTP’s driving principles – the search for quality, and recognition of the importance of the green agenda. The IMEX exhibitions also demonstrate the key contribution of the business travel sector to the broader visitor economy – a fact that is often lost in the word “tourism” and is frequently unrecognized by the policymakers who so strongly influence the collective destinies related to tourism.
Said ICTP President Geoffrey Lipman: “We are proud to make Ray Bloom the first name on ICTP’s ‘Industry Visionaries’ roll. We salute him as a visionary, a creator, and above all, as someone who has remained a fundamentally decent person despite his great success.”
À PROPOS DU CIPT
Le CIPT (Conseil international des partenaires du tourisme) est une force pour les voyages socialement responsables et verts et soutient les objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement des Nations Unies, le Code mondial d'éthique du tourisme de l'Organisation mondiale du tourisme des Nations Unies et une gamme de programmes qui les sous-tendent. L'alliance ICTP est représentée à Haleiwa, Hawaï, États-Unis; Bruxelles, Belgique; Bali, Indonésie; et Victoria, Seychelles. Les membres de l'alliance ICTP bénéficieront d'opportunités conjointes de marketing et de marque sur les marchés primaires et secondaires, qui sont idéales pour les destinations de petite et moyenne taille qui peuvent ne pas avoir les ressources nécessaires pour développer et mettre en œuvre des projets de manière indépendante. Les membres comprennent des pays, des régions et des villes. Les membres actuels comprennent les Seychelles, La Réunion, Johannesburg, le Zimbabwe, le Rwanda, Oman, la Grenade, Hawaï et Saipan.
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