ICTP Industry Visionaries roll lists IMEX Chair as first honoree

The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) has added IMEX Group Chairman Ray Bloom to its inaugural ICTP Industry Visionaries roll.
 
ICTP has long been a supporter of IMEX America. When Bloom was about to launch EIBTM more than 20 years ago, he visited ICTP President Geoffrey Lipman in Geneva and laid out his plans to create the biggest MICE event ever.
 
According to the association, Bloom had no backers, just an embryonic plan and a vision. Lipman said he remembered listening to Bloom, smiling and thinking, “He’s charming but he’s crazy!”
 
“We are proud to make Ray Bloom the first name on the ICTP Industry Visionaries roll,” Lipman said. “We salute him as a visionary, a creator and above all, as someone who has remained a fundamentally decent person despite his great success.”
 
ICTP is an association for socially-responsible and green travel and supports the UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN World Tourism Organisation’s Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and a range of programmes underpinning them. Current members include Seychelles, La Reunion, Johannesburg, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Oman, Grenada, Hawaii and Saipan.
 
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