Wolfgang M Neumann steps up to Chair International Tourism Partnership

Wolfgang M Neumann, President and CEO of Rezidor, today takes on the Chairmanship of the International Tourism Partnership (ITP, part of Business in the Community since 2013, succeeding Ian Carter of Hilton Worldwide.

Wolfgang M. Neumann has been part of the ITP Governing Council since 2013 when he became President & CEO of the Rezidor Hotel Group. Carlson Rezidor have been members of ITP for five years.

Believing in the fundamental importance of responsible business, Wolfgang looks forward to leading ITP and its mission. Immediate priorities include implementing the new 5 year growth plan for the Youth Career Initiative and focusing on the key issues of carbon, water, labour standards and human trafficking.

"Responsible business must be an essential element of any business strategy today and tomorrow – we must care for our planet and our people." said Neumann.  "I look forward to continue to join forces with our peers and to keep sustainability high on the agenda of the international hotel industry."

He takes over from Ian Carter, President, Development, Architecture and Construction, Hilton Worldwide, who steps down as Chairman after four years.  During his tenure, ITP has gone from strength to strength, with key achievements including:

  • The development of the Hotel Carbon Measurement Initiative (HCMI), the leading industry methodology and tool to enable hotels to measure and report on carbon emissions in a consistent way, now used by over 21,000 hotel properties around the world.

  • The growth of ITP’s Youth Career Initiative (YCI), which has seen over 1,000 students successfully graduate in 14 countries around the world since 2011. New markets include India, Senegal, Hungary and USA and YCI has enabled the re-integration of trafficking survivors in Mexico, Vietnam, India and Ethiopia.

  • The re-launch and growth of online magazine Green Hotelier.

Commenting on his departure, Ian said:

"In recent years, ITP has strengthened its position in a number of important ways. I have enjoyed supporting the team as they deliver practical solutions and a platform for the industry to collaborate on key issues such as youth unemployment, carbon emissions, water conservation and human trafficking over the last four years. ITP plays an increasingly fundamental role when it comes to advancing the responsible business agenda within the hotel industry, and Wolfgang M. Neumann is well placed to guide it in the next stage of its journey."