Welcome to the
   ITHF

The International Travel & Hosting Fellowship is one of the largest fellowships in Rotary.

Barry & Jennider Philps
ITHF President 2016-18
Barry Philps & Wife, Jennifer

The mission of ITHF is to stimulate and facilitate connections and cultural sharing throughout the Rotary world by contact, hosting, visiting and travel.

A Message from the ITHF President

Barry Philps - ITHF President 2018-18Welcome to the International Travel and Hosting Fellowship for Rotary year 2016/17. There are several activities available to you as a member of ITHF. You can refresh your knowledge of our fellowship by following the leads on our home page. Join the annual tour that will this year take you to the annual convention in Atlanta in Georgia. You can meet many of our members at this convention by assisting at the booth in the house of friendship. This a great opportunity to make new friends, meet current friends from around the world and tell other Rotarians about the advantages of belonging to our fellowship.

You can use our extensive membership directory to add another dimension to your travels both locally and internationally. Have a coffee, a meal or stay overnight with your fellow members. Set up a small tour with your local members to encourage others to visit your area to learn about the history and see the great scenery.

Unique opportunity for ITHF members to explore Nepal and Bhutan

Our ITHF Nepalese member - Tilak Thapa Magar,  has organized a special 10 day / 9 night tour package for ITHF members and their families. This will start at Kathmandu with visits to World Heritage Sites before moving on to visit earthquake stricken areas of Dhading.  From there the tour moves to the beautiful city of Pokhara with visits to important sites before returning to Kathmandu for a few days where you will attend the local Rotary meeting and enjoy a Mountain Flight tour or a leisure day.

For full details please click on the link: NEPAL ITINERARY.

As an amazing start you can begin with a tour of the mysterious land of Bhutan and then fly into Kathmandu to join the Nepal tour.  Known as the land of the Peaceful Dragon, Bhutan offers a rare combination of peace and harmony amidst some of the world's most stunning mountain scenery.  For this tour you fly into Paro  and drive to Thimphu as your base. After two days of sight seeing you will join the 9th RI District 3292 Annual Conference in Thimpu, which will be the first Rotary District Conference ever held in Bhutan. Following the conference you fly from Paro to Kathmandu to join the Nepal tour. 

Please note the Bhutan tour is only available if booked in advance with the Nepal tour.  For full details please click on the link: BHUTAN ITINERARY.

Tour application due date: before 1st December 2016.
Please click on this link for the APPLICATION FORM.

 

New Zealand & Australia

Mary & Kevin O’Flaherty

Kevin, Mike & LizKevin and Mary O’Flaherty from Kirra Beach on the Australian Gold Coast were given a warm ITHF welcome in Whangarei NZ during a December visit to Northland, north of Auckland, New Zealand. Mike and Liz Williams not only ensured that we met real kiwis at the local Nature Refuge where we were given a personal tour; but showed us around their marvelous Rotary and community renewal – an old abandoned quarry now changed into a vibrant sub-tropical oasis for the pleasure of locals and visitors alike.

But another garden that was just as beautiful was back at the lovely home of Mike and Liz. Mary would have loved to have transported their magnificent garden back to Queensland with us! Mike and Liz we hope you will come and stay with us sometime soon. We enjoyed their Whangarei Quarry Gardens just as a Sculpture Exhibit concluded and the Visitors’ Centre was officially opened for business.

Canberra

Kevin was also hosted nearer to home by Tony and Katy Trumble on a couple of recent visits to Canberra. They were very hospitable – walking with me around their beautiful Lake Gininderra and with Tony we rode bikes around Canberra to the Australian War Memorial and National Library. A visit to the developing Arboretum followed our weekend at the 9710 Rotary District Conference in the Snowy Mountains. Mary and I are looking forward to returning their hospitality soon in Kirra.

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