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Routes and International Council of Tourism Partners Join Forces

July 19, 2012

MANCHESTER, England, July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

During the recent Routes Africa event, which took place 8-10 July in the Seychelles
Routes, part of UBM Aviation and the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP)
reached an agreement to work together to advance the understanding of the value of airline
connectivity for destinations.

The two organisations will develop programmes around both World Routes and Routes’
regional events that will give a clearer focus on the main trade, development, and human
dimensions of connectivity. These workshops, conferences and other related activities will
also identify the key challenges and explore practical ways to unlock the benefits,
impacts and opportunities of sustainable aviation growth. The programmes will maintain a
strong focus on promoting this type of growth to developing markets generally and the
African market specifically.

Seychelles Minister of Tourism and Culture Alain St. Ange said that this had been a
great week for the Seychelles: “To be a catalyst for new forms of collaboration between
old friends is a very special privilege. We in turn pledge our support to the continuing
work of ICTP and Routes, and to ensure that the unique spirit of the Vanilla Islands
remains close to the accomplishments that I know will result from their work together.”

David Stroud, Executive Vice President Airports for UBM Aviation Routes commented:
“This is one of the really exciting outcomes of our very successful meeting here in the
Seychelles. It was not only the biggest meeting on extending Africa services that we have
ever held, but also the one where the most business ever was done between airlines,
airports, and tourism authorities. Thanks to the inclusionary thinking of Minister St.
Ange, we have had the opportunity to interact with ICTP, whose vision and global coverage
fits closely with our own. We are both committed to promoting sustainable aviation

These sentiments were echoed by Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President of ICTP, who
welcomed the opportunities to build the worldwide network of support for an expanding air
transport system geared to green growth transformation saying: “It is very appropriate
that we start here in Africa and in the Vanilla Islands, which depend on sustainable
aviation growth for poverty reduction and lifestyle development. We will continue to keep
these needs at the centre of our global collaboration with Routes.”

Notes to Editors

About Routes

        - Routes organises world-renowned airline and airport networking events
          through its regional and global Route Development Forums. Each year, there is one
          global event and one regional event in Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas and CIS
          respectively. http://www.routesonline.com
        - Routes was founded in 1995 as part of the Manchester UK   based ASM Ltd., a
          consultancy specialising in the field of route development for airports.


        - Routes and ASM were acquired by UBM Aviation Worldwide Ltd in August 2010.
          Routes is a UBM Aviation brand. UBM Aviation specialises in the supply of data and
          information products, market intelligence, news and events related to the global
          aviation industry. More information can be found at http://www.ubmaviation.com

About ICTP

        - The International Council 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, and fair coherent taxation.
        - 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 members in Anguilla; Aruba; Bangladesh; Belgium, Belize; Canada;
          China; Croatia; The Gambia; Germany; Ghana; Greece; Grenada; India; Indonesia; Iran;
          Korea (South); La Reunion (French Indian Ocean); Malaysia; Malawi; Mauritius; Mexico;
          Morocco; Nicaragua; Nigeria; Northern Mariana Islands (USA Pacific Island Territory);
          Sultanate of Oman; Pakistan; Palestine; Rwanda; Seychelles; Sierra Leone; South
          Africa; Sri Lanka; Sudan; Tajikistan; Tanzania; Trinidad & Tobago; Yemen; Zambia;
          Zimbabwe; and from the US: Arizona, California, Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Missouri,
          Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

For more information, go to: http://www.tourismpartners.org

SOURCE UBM Aviation Routes Ltd

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