IIPT World Symposium to honor the legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism’s next event will be a World Symposium honoring the legacies of the world’s three champions of Non-Violent Resistance: Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
IIPT World Symposium
Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations
Through Tourism, Culture and Sports
February 15-20, 2015
South Africa Peace Towns and Villages Campaign
Leading up to IIPT World Symposium
IIPT and Skal International will cooperate in a campaign leading up to the IIPT World Symposium encouraging towns and villages across South Africa to declare themselves as IIPT/Skal Peace Towns (or Villages). A goal of 50 IIPT/Skal Peace Towns and Villages has been set to be achieved by the date of the Symposium, 15 February, 2015 – symbolic of the African Union 50th Anniversary.
Each IIPT/Skål Peace Town or Village will be actively committed to promoting values of tolerance, non-violence, gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment, environmental awareness, and sustainable social and economic development. Collaboration between and among IIPT/Skål Peace Towns and Villages will be encouraged as well as information sharing regarding Peace Town/Village initiatives. Click here for more information
Victoria Falls Peace Park to be Re-named
IIPT Maya Angelou International Peace Park
IIPT is honored to announce the re-naming of the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls as the IIPT Maya Angelou International Peace Park in recognition of the inspiration and positive influence that the award winning Poet and Author; Television, Film and Stage Director; Teacher, Civil Rights Activist; and Actress has had on persons throughout the world. Dr. Angelou passed quietly in her home on May 28, 2014.
Dr. Angelou’s poems and books have inspired millions of persons throughout the world, in particular her autobiography “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” about her early life overcoming racism and trauma by turning to the written word. She has been quoted as saying: “My mission in life is not merely to survive – but to thrive – and to do so with some passion - some compassion – some humor – and some style.” Click here for more information
Bucharest First Capital City to be Declared
IIPT/Skal City of Peace
Bucharest, Romania is the world’s first Capital City to be declared an IIPT/Skal City of Peace. The dedication of Romania as a City of Peace took place in a ceremony earlier this year with the dedication of Bucharest’s Herăstrău Park as an IIPT/Skal Peace Park. Herăstrău Park is the largest park in Bucharest with one of the largest open air museums in Europe (the Village Museum - http://www.muzeul-satului.ro/en/). The event was an integral part of the Second Young Skal International Symposium that brought together young professionals in the field of tourism from more than 10 countries. Click here for more information
IIPT/SKAL Peace Park Dedicated in St Ann, Jamaica
The garden parish of St Ann, Jamaica , birthplace of reggae legend Bob Marley, now has an IIPT/ SKAL Peace Park. The Fern Forest Peace Park, located in the Fern Gully area of Harrison Town St Ann, was officially dedicated on Thursday August 7, one day after Jamaica celebrated its 52nd year of Independence. Click here for more information
The Tour de' Lumbini-pedal for peace, a 4 day cycling event, organized by "Tour De' Lumbini (TDL)" with active support from Cycle City Network Nepal (CCNN) pedaled from Kathmandu to Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha, to commemorate the auspicious occasion of Buddha Purnima the Birthday of Buddha and to send forth a message of Peace and Harmony. Click here for more information
Livingstone International University Graduates First Class
In 1999, Patrick Kalifungwa had a dream that one day he would give birth to a university. His dream was postponed as he was called to enter politics and serve as the Republic of Zambia’s Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources. Dr. Kalifungwa’s years as Minister motivated him further following which he completed his doctorate degree at Glamorgan University in the United Kingdom. He returned to Zambia and in June 2009 he launched Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM), the first university in Zambia to offer degrees at the undergraduate and post graduate level in Tourism and Hospitality Management. Click here for more information
IIPT Founder and President Awarded
Honorary Doctorate Degree
Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) has awarded IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’ Amore with an Honorary Doctorate of Business Administration.
Speaking during the presentation of the Honorary Degree to Dr. D’ Amore, LIUTEBM Vice Chancellor Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa said that LIUTEBM decided to recognize Dr. D’Amore following his contribution to the field of Tourism through his personal effort as the Founding President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism.Click here for more information
LIUTEBM Commencement Address of
Dr. Louis D’Amore, Chancellor
IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore was most honored to give the Chancellor Address at the first graduation ceremony of Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management. Excerpts from his address follow:
Congratulations on being the first graduates of Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM). What an honor to be the very first graduates from the first university in Zambia to offer Tourism and Hospitality Management at both the under graduate and graduate levels. Eeach of you, together with the Administrative and Academic leaders of LIUTEBM – are truly pioneers with much to be proud of. Click here for more information
Pilgrims flocking to Uganda Martyrs’ Trail Launched as
Legacy of IIPT 4th African Conference
Record crowds are expected in Uganda for the 50th anniversary of the canonization of 32 Christian martyrs who were burned to death on June 3, 1886 at Namugongo for their refusal to renounce Christianity. The Uganda Martyrs’ Trail commemorates the events from November 1885 to January 1887 during which 45 Christians – Catholics and Anglicans – were martyred.
Many pilgrims are walking from across Eastern Africa towards the Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo, located on the outskirts of the capital Kampala while Christians from around the world are flying into Uganda to commemorate the canonization and to be part of a very special service which is organized on June 3, each year - a national holiday in Uganda and a major event on the global Catholic calendar.
Martyr's Trail Basilica
Namugongo - Uganda
Stamp of Pope John Paul II
in honor of his visit to Uganda
Stained glass windows at Martyr's trail Basilica
IIPT Supports Sudan Tourism Promotion Project
The Sudan Tourism Promotion Project (STPP) is an ambitious and pioneering national project that aims to develop the tourism sector in Sudan and to foster the economic, social and cultural empowerment of the Sudanese people.
The Project has been developed by Net 249 Advertising Co. by utilizing digital technology for an eye-catching promotional mix for the global marketing of Sudan tourism as well as raising awareness among Sudanese citizens regarding the economic, social and cultural benefits of tourism. A memorandum of understanding has been signed with the Ministry of Tourism, Antiquities and Wildlife of Sudan that recognizes the huge untapped potentials of tourism attractions in Sudan that offer possibilities for a key role in the global tourism industry and prospects for tourism to become an important pillar of Sudan’s economy. Click here for more information
IIPT India Chapter Formed
The second most populous country in the world now has a Chapter of IIPT. IIPT India was recently incorporated as a not-for-profit organization and promises to be one of the most robust and active Chapters as IIPT commemorates its 25th anniversary year since its First Global Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The two Founding Directors, Ajay Prakash and Kiran Yadav each have over three decades of experience in the fields of aviation, tourism and management.
Commenting on the creation of IIPT’s newest Chapter, Louis D’Amore, President & Founder of IIPT said “We are most honored to have our most recently formed chapter in India and look forward to its leaders and members showing us the way of truth, light, love, freedom and ‘peace through tourism’ in the spirit and teachings of the great Mahatma Gandhi." Click here for more information
IIPT Commemorates 25th
Anniversary at ITB
In Support of World War I Centenary – “No More War”
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) proudly commemorated the 25th anniversary of its First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace at this year’s ITB. The IIPT 25th anniversary event was in support of the “World War I Centenary” with its theme of “No More War”.
Featured speakers included: Zoltan Somogyi, Executive Director, Programme & Coordination, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Thomas Steinmetz, Chairman, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), and Publisher, eTurbo News; Elke Dens, Marketing Director, Visit Flanders; Ivy Chee, Regional Director, East Asia, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); Nigel Pilkington, Director, Public Relations & Communications, Skal International; Cordula Wohlmuther, UNWTO and Peace Centre at the University in Klagenfurt, Austria; and Mr. Sushil Ghimire, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Nepal and Chairman, Nepal Tourism Board. The event was moderated by Sandy Dhuyvetter, Executive Producer and Host, TravelTalkRADIO, BusinessTravelRADIO and TravelTalkTELEVISION.
Speakers shared their perspectives on “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism.”
IIPT Launches Second year ofConsortium of Collaborating Universities
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism received an enthusiastic response to the launch of its Consortium of Collaborating Universities (IIPT – CCU) last year. More than twenty universities responded from regions throughout the world including Africa, Asia, North America, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean and South Pacific to become founding members of the consortium.
IIPT-CCU was launched with the aim of encouraging scholarly research in the various dimensions of Peace through Tourism among third and fourth year tourism and hospitality students. A selection of submitted papers will be published – and the student writing the paper judged to be most outstanding will receive a US$1500 Scholarship. Click here for more information
Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism Publication Now Available
Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism: Case Studies of Best Practice is now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishers. The Publication is based on papers presented at the 5th IIPT African Conference in Lusaka, Zambia and selected other contributors. It is an indispensable source of insights and models of best practice relating to the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change by various sectors of the industry.
You can order directly from the publisher at:
Your Support for IIPT 25th Anniversary Legacy Projects Appreciated
IIPT will be commemorating the twenty-fifth Anniversary of its First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace throughout 2014. Your support for our 25th Anniversary Legacy Projects would be greatly appreciated. Contributions from U.S. Citizens are tax deductible. Your checks payable to IIPT can be sent to:
685 Cottage Club Road #13
Stowe, VT 05672
Your generous support in any amount for our efforts towards “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism is very much appreciated.
The First Global Conference held in Vancouver brought together 800 delegates from 67 countries with video-taped messages from Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan featured in the Opening Ceremony. Honorary Chairman of the Conference was H.E. Vigdis Finnbogadottir, President of Iceland – the first elected woman Head of State in the world.
International Handbook on Tourism and Peace launched by UNWTO and the Government of Austria
Providing a unique overview of tourism as a tool in peace building and reconciliation efforts, the International Handbook on Tourism and Peace was launched with the support of the Ministry of Economy, Family and Youth and the Ministry of European and International Affairs of Austria (Vienna, Austria, 29 January 2014).
The Handbook offers a comprehensive collection of perspectives on tourism and peace from leading international specialists with topics ranging from sustainable development and conflict resolution to eco-tourism and heritage preservation and includes several case studies. Click here for more information
Mandeville dedicated as the Caribbean’s first IIPT/SKAL Peace Town
The town of Mandeville in Central Jamaica was dedicated as the first IIPT/Skal Peace Town in the Caribbean this past month during the IIPT Caribbean Community Tourism Study Tour and Conference.
Brooks Park Sports and Recreational Complex was dedicated as a “Peace Park” as a symbol of Mandeville’s commitment to peace and a Peace Garden started with the planting ten Ortanique seedlings a hybrid of the orange and tangerine fruit having its origins in Manchester. Click here for more information
IIPT 25th Anniversary at
World Travel Market
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) proudly commemorated the 25th anniversary of its First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace, Vancouver 1988 on the Platinum stage at World Travel Market. The commemoration was in support of the “Great War” Centenary with its theme of “No More War.”
Featured speakers included key leaders of the travel and tourism industry who shared their perspectives on “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism” and in support of the World War I Centenary theme: “No More War.” Speakers included: Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO Secretary General; David Scowsill, President, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); Mok Singh, Immediate Past President, Skal International; and Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), and Martin Craigs, President, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA).
IIPT South Asia Panel
Results in Key Outcomes
The IIPT South Asia panel at World Travel Market resulted in two key outcomes:
An offer to host the next IIPT Conference and commitments on the part of Skal India and Skal Pakistan to host alternating conferences in each country with the aim of collaborating in promoting tourism and friendship between their two countries.
The South Asia panel featured both public and private sector tourism industry leaders sharing their views on promoting regional collaboration towards sustainable tourism, friendship and peace. Featured speakers were: Mr. Thuji D. Nadik, Acting Director General, Tourism Council of Bhutan; Mr. Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Honorable Minister of Tourism, Jammu & Kashmir, India; Mr. Sushil Ghimire, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Tourism & Civil Aviation, Nepal; Mr. Zia Haider Rizvi, Skal Pakistan, and Chairman, Scandia Limited; and Carl Vaz, Skal India, and Chairman & CEO of Charson Advisory Services Pvt Ltd. Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) moderated the panel.
Ghulam Ahmed Mir
Zia Haider Rizvi
South African Peace Towns make Progress in
Building a Culture of Peace
Several IIPT/Skal Peace Towns have been dedicated in South Africa including the ‘diamond town’ of Cullinan, Rayton, Refilwe, Overwacht. Lethabong, Phumzile Park and the Dinokeng Game Reserve. Each are in the process of developing a culture of peace and social cohesion.
Re-dedication of IIPT Peace Park Featured Opening Day of UNWTO General Assembly
Re-dedication of the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls was the featured event on Opening Day of the UNWTO General Assembly with Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General giving the main address at the Ceremony. Other speakers included: Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the first President of Zambia; King Mukuni of the Leya People on whose land Victoria Falls is located; H.E. Akel Biltaji, representing H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan; and IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore.
Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa, Vice Chancellor of Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) was Master of Ceremony and organizer of the event. Click here for more information
25th Anniversary Legacy Projects announced at IIPT Breakfast during UNWTO General Assembly
IIPT’s Breakfast at the UNWTO General Assembly featured Dr. Taleb Rifai and other distinguished speakers including Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and Director of GreenEarth and Gatetrip, who also acted as Moderator; Dr. Donald Hawkins, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Tourism Policy, George Washington University and Special Advisor to the UNWTO Secretary General for the UNWTO Knowledge Network; Nigel Pilkington representing Skal International, and Dean Gilbert Nsama, Dean of Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) sponsor of the breakfast. Click here for more information
Croatia marks IIPT 25th anniversary with
25 City Bike Tour and
Book Boat of Culture Cruise
IIPT Croatia commemorated the 25th anniversary of IIPT with a 25 city bike tour and the sailing of BookBoat – Boat of Culture under the IIPT flag. The Boat of Culture is IIPT’s Ambassador for Cultural Tourism and Peace.
The 25 city bike tour was completed by Friend of IIPT Croatia Dr. Tomislav Plukavec, Secretary of the Department of Culture of the Zagreb Archdiocese andDiocesan Museum curator. His “Cycle for Peace” covered 1,650 km from Zabreb via Ancona and Venice to the Croatian Adriatic coast and countryside on to the Book Boat in Sv. Fillip i Jakov Click here for more information
Nineteen Jamaican and Caribbean Villages to be declared as IIPT/Skal Peace Villages
IIPT and Skal International are proud to announce that nineteen villages of Jamaica and the Caribbean will be declaring themselves as IIPT/ Skal Peace Villages on 24 August – Opening Day of the UNWTO General Assembly as Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai, co-hosting Ministers, Hon. Sylvia Masebo, Zambia, Hon. Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe and other dignitaries come together to re-dedicate the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls.
By declaring themselves as IIPT/Skal Peace Villages each village agrees that they will be actively committed to promoting values of tolerance, non-violence, gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment, environmental awareness, and sustainable social and economic development. Click here for more information
South Africa to dedicate seven Towns as
IIPT/Skal Peace Towns
IIPT and Skal International are proud to announce that seven towns in South Africa will be declaring themselves as IIPT/ Skal Peace Villages on 24 August – Opening Day of the UNWTO General Assembly as Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai, co-hosting Ministers, Hon. Sylvia Masebo, Zambia, Hon. Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe and other dignitaries come together to re-dedicate the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls.
By declaring themselves as IIPT/Skal Peace Towns each Town agrees that they will be actively committed to promoting values of tolerance, non-violence, gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment, environmental awareness, and sustainable social and economic development. Click here for more information
Skål International Joins with IIPT in Launching
Peace Towns Initiative
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is proud to announce the IIPT/Skål Peace Town project, a joint partnering initiative with Skål international. A goal has been set for the dedication of 300 Peace Towns and Villages in the first year of the project, each committed to building a culture of peace in their respective communities.
Each IIPT/Skål Peace Town or Village will support a positive and dynamic concept of peace that goes beyond the traditional passive notion of peace as simply the absence of conflict. A Peace Town or Village will therefore be actively committed to promoting values of tolerance, non-violence, gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment, environmental awareness, and sustainable social and economic development. Collaboration between and among IIPT/Skål Peace Towns and Villages will be encouraged as well as information sharing regarding Peace Town/Village initiatives. Click here for more information
Skal International to Partner with IIPT
At the recent 73rd World Congress of Skal International held in Incheon and Seoul, Korea, Mr. Mok Singh of Los Angeles was elected the new President of Skal International. Skal was born in Paris in 1932 and currently has a membership of more than 18,000 senior travel industry professionals world worldwide in 425 cities in 85 countries and all sectors of the travel and tourism industry.
Beginning this year, Skal International will also be inducting new members under a special membership category of “Active Individual Members” in areas where Skal does not have clubs.Click here to read more
IIPT Panel at World Travel Market
Features Dr. Taleb Rifai
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is proud to announce that Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, World Tourism Organization will be a featured speaker at this year’s IIPT event at World Travel Market in a panel discussion on:
Building Bridges of Collaboration for Sustainable Tourism Development in the Mediterranean Region
Other featured speakers include: H.E Nayef Al-Fayez, Jordan Minister of Tourism, Antiquities and Environment; H.E. Mohamed Hisham Abbas Zaazou, Minister of Tourism, Egypt; and Elhamy ElZayat, Chairman and CEO, EMECO Travel, Egypt. The panel will be moderated by H.E. Akel Biltaji, Special Advisor to H.M. King Abdullah II and member of IIPT International Advisory Board. Click here to read more
H.E Nayef Al-Fayez,
H.E. Akel Biltaji
IIPT Signs MOU with World Tourism Organization
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is proud to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The MOU provides for cooperation between UNWTO and IIPT in implementing activities and events related to tourism and peace in response to the needs and interests of UNWTO Member States, the international tourism sector and the international community; and to develop policy recommendations to enhance the role of tourism in the peace building agenda. Click here to view more information
IIPT President Appointed Chancellor of
The Senate/Board of Trustees of Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) has appointed Louis D’Amore, Founder and President of (IIPT) as Chancellor of LIUTEBM.
In announcing the appointment, LIUTEBM Vice Chancellor, Dr. Patrick Kaligungwa stated, “Louis is an outstanding World personality, with international reputation and character befitting the appointment. He has contributed immensely to sustainable tourism development in Africa and other regions of the world and is a World renowned ambassador for Peace through Tourism.
“He has broad knowledge in environmental stewardship, preservingbiodiversity, enhancing cultures and valuing heritage, contribution to poverty reduction and overall tourism development. He brings with him tremendous experience to the University of LIUTEBM, which will bring about more exposure, collaboration, linkages and interaction of the students and lecturers from different environments in Africa, Asia, America and Europe.”
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IIPT Founder Presented Visionary Award by International Council of Tourism Partners
IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore was presented the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) Visionary Award by ICTP President Geoffrey Lipman earlier this month at World Travel Market.
Mr. Lipman said: “I have known Louis for 30 years. He is a true visionary and works tirelessly to spread his vision around the world for peace through tourism. He is so richly deserving of this award.”