Fran Hughes appointed Director of ITP

Fran Hughes has been appointed director of the International Tourism Partnership

Fran Hughes has been appointed director of the International Tourism Partnership

ITP (the International Tourism Partnership) is delighted to announce that, following an extensive search and interview process (including with Wolfgang M. Neumann, Chairman of ITP’s Governing Council), Fran Hughes has been appointed ITP Director, with effect from 1st October 2015.

Confirming the appointment, Business in the Community’s Director of Environment and Market Solutions Stephen Farrant said, “Fran is a long-standing champion for responsible tourism. Her passion for ITP’s unique role, her knowledge of the industry and the key issues, coupled with her irrepressible enthusiasm and determination make her a natural for this appointment.”

Before joining ITP as Head of Programmes in early 2012, Fran worked for CTS Horizons, Explore Worldwide, The Travel Foundation and as an independent sustainable tourism consultant. She holds an MSc in Environmental Strategy.

Fran says, “I am delighted and excited to take on the role of Director. Together with our members, we have a strong track record of delivering positive solutions to social and environmental challenges and I look forward to championing that going forward. ITP has a clear strategy to exponentially grow the Youth Career Initiative, to drive forward the Hotel Water Measurement Initiative, and to work with our members and stakeholders to develop clear social and environmental goals for the hotel industry. My priority is to ensure that our strategy, vision and objectives are clearly communicated, and to ensure the team is in place to deliver on the strategy.

Wolfgang M. Neumann, Chairman of ITP’s Governing Council, added, “With her experience and expertise, Fran will further drive responsible business within the international hospitality industry and build on the great achievements of former ITP Director Stephen Farrant. I am also delighted to see a female leader taking over the management of ITP – strengthening the many ‘women in leadership’ initiatives worldwide.

Fran will report to Stephen Farrant who will continue to oversee ITP’s work and support the team in delivering its strategy.

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