IIPT to Launch 30th Anniversary Year
at World Travel Market in Support of UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development
IIPT will again be featured at World Travel Market as it launches its 30th Anniversary Year in support of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development:
Wednesday 9 November at 15.30 – 16.45
Platinum Suite 1
With 2017 having been declared the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism For Development (http://tourism4development2017.org/), the IIPT session will highlight the progress made in Tourism as a Driver of Peace and Sustainability over the past 30 years – and the vision of industry leaders for further progress in the years ahead.
Featured speakers will be leaders of the travel and tourism industry: Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Mr. David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Ms. Susanna Saari, Vice President, Skål International. Joining the travel and tourism industry leaders will be the Canadian High Commissioner to the U.K. and Northern Ireland H.E. Ms. Janice Charette.
Dr. Mario Hardy
IIPT President Featured Speaker at
Hawaii Tourism Conference
IIPT’s Founder and President, Louis D’Amore was honored to be a featured speaker at the recent annual conference of the Hawaii Tourism Authority with more than 2,100 delegates from Hawaii and around the world. Also presenting in the same general session were Mr. Noah Tratt, Global Senior Vice President of Expedia and Dr. Xiang (Robert) Li, Professor and Washburn Senior Research Fellow, Temple University. Mr. Jerry Yoshitomi, Chief Knowledge Officer, MeaningMatters was the Moderator/Facilitator.
HRH Princess Dana Firas to be Patron of
IIPT “Travel for Peace” Tour to Jordan with Opportunities to
Assist Syrian Refugees
IIPT is honored to announce that HRH Princess Dana Firas will be a Patron of the IIPT “Travel for Peace Tour” to Jordan 14-23 March 2017. HRH Princess Dana Firas is a Global advocate for cultural heritage preservation and President of the Board, Petra National Trust (PNT). HRH Princess Dana Firas will personally meet with members of the tour either in Amman or Petra.
Under the leadership of HRH Princess Dana Firas, PNT has expanded its work not only to include conservation and preservation projects but also Education, Outreach and Awareness (EOA) programs for youth in the six villages that surround the Petra Archaeological Park. PNT will be facilitating a special tour by its youth workshop members that will give a unique view of Petra.
IIPT Media Partner ‘Tourism Tatler’
Promotes IIPT Global Peace Parks Campaign in Africa
IIPT has launched a Global Peace Parks Campaign as it prepares to commemorate its 30th anniversary year in 2017 in support of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development (and Peace). In this context, IIPT is proud to announce ‘Tourism Tatler’ as a media partner promoting the IIPT Global Peace Parks campaign throughout Africa. Please see:
Cassie De Pecol Now in Africa after Visiting
More than 160 nations as IIPT Ambassador for Peace
Cassie DePecol has come closer to achieving her Expedition 196 goal of visiting all 196 sovereign nations in less than 3 years to set a Guinness World Record and being the first woman and youngest person to do so. She has now visited some 160 nations.
Recent trips have been to Taipei, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Sao Tome, Niger and Libya.
Three African Leaders Become Members of IIPT
IIPT has recently accepted three African leaders as members of IIPT: Ritah Aligum of Uganda; Cyprien Semushi of Rwanda and Ms, Ana Constancia David of Mozambique.
Cultural Angle Most Recent Member of
IIPT/Skal Travel for Peace Campaign
IIPT is proud to announce Cultural Angle as the most recent charter member of the IIPT/Skal Travel for Peace Campaign. The Cultural Angle is a boutique consultancy that shares insights with everyone keen to explore the world and themselves within it by viewing life from different perspectives. Led by its Founding Director, Birgit Trauer, the Cultural Angle was born out of her desire to continue to share her insights and passion for travel and tourism, drawing on her extensive experience spanning more than 30 years in industry and academia.
IIPT Announces “Travel for Peace” Tour to Jordan with Opportunities to Assist Syrian Refugees
Donald King, Ambassador at Large for the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT), and his wife Lynne will be leading a special “Travel for Peace” tour to Jordan 14-23 March, 2017.
Collaborating with IIPT will be Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) with the intent of visiting Syrian refugee camps during the tour and providing medical and other supplies. AAI helps orphans and vulnerable children worldwide by leveraging connections with the airline industry towards humanitarian service. www.airlineamb.org.
IIPT Indian Ocean Islands Chapter
Launches Sustainable & Responsible Tourism Network
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism- Indian Ocean islands Chapter, in partnership with the Social Club of Air Mauritius and the World Airline Clubs Association (WACA) under the leadership of Maga Ramasamy have launched the Sustainable and Responsible Tourism Network for Mauritius and Rodrigues.
The Network was launched to coincide with the arrival of Cassie De Pecol, IIPT Ambassador for Peace who is traveling to all 196 Sovereign Nations with the aim of setting a Guinness world record by doing so in less than two years and becoming the first woman and youngest person to do so. Cassie has now traveled to more than 150 countries. Click here for more information
Porto da Barra, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
Remembrance of 911
A special edition of “Play for Peace” / “Toque pela Paz”, “A Remembrance of 15 Years Since 911 (09/11/2001)” was a night of acoustic music Sunday evening, September 11 in Salvador’s Porto da Barra. The presentation, on the sidewalk in front of Dougie’s Rendezvous and Village Novo Beach Suites, featured songs with a central theme of peace and sustainability and included the premiere of Doug Adair and Fred Barreto’s “Suite for Peace”, a collection of seven songs in Portuguese and English including “Somos Uma Grande Família” / “One Great Big Family”; “Toque pela Paz”; “Vai Seja Amigo de Todos” / “Go Be A Friend to All” and others. Click here for more information
IIPT Caribbean President Inducted into
African Diaspora World Tourism Hall of Fame
Diana McIntyre Pike, IIPT Caribbean Chapter President, was inducted into The African Diaspora World Tourism Hall of Fame at the recent African Diaspora World Tourism Awards (ADWTA) and Travel Expo held in Atlanta, Georgia from August 26-28, 2016. Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Jamaica Minister of Tourism was also inducted during the same ceremony – both for dedicated service in cultural heritage tourism. The ceremony honors persons who have made a significant contribution to black cultural heritage.
IIPT President Speaker at UNWTO Conference: Tourism, a Catalyst for Peace and Development
IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore was a speaker at the UNWTO Conference: Tourism a Catalyst for Development, Peace and Reconciliation held in Sri Lanka last month. The conference was held in Passikudah, which for most of the last thirty years had been a war zone.
The Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs and Lands of Sri Lanka, John Amaratunga set the tone of the conference stating, “Today, Passikudah is an example of how people affected by conflict have picked up the pieces and rebuilt their lives. We would not be meeting here if it were not for peace. We will work to provide an example to the world on how to rise from the ashes of conflict to become a leading tourism destination." Click here for more information
Olympic Truce Campaign Gains Awareness with
Lord Bates Walk and Rocky Peter Performance
The 2016 Rio Olympic Truce has been the most successful to date. Lord Michael Bates completed a 113 day 3,000km walk for peace from Buenos Aires to Rio de Janeiro, coinciding his arrival with the first day of the Truce on 29 July.(Picture below).
Manchester Peace Coalition Formed
The Manchester Peace Coalition led by its Chairman, Dr. Clifton Reid has been formed in Mandeville, Manchester the first IIPT/SKAL Peace Town in the Caribbean, with a group of public and private sector organizations and businesses. These groups comprise of over twenty-five regional and national peace groups with ranging mandates. The coalition is guided by the vision: Manchester, a place for peaceful and holistic living. Its mission is to advocate for and nurture peace in the parish of Manchester through collaborative initiatives aimed at creating a healthy and safe environment, the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction and human resource development, making it the most desired place to live, work, do business and raise families. Click here for more information
IIPT President addresses Nobel Peace Prize Forum Honoring Kailash Satyarthi
When you are living in a globalized economy and globalized world, you cannot live in isolation, all the problems and solutions are interconnected" (Kailash Satyarthi)
IIPT Founder and President had the honor to address the Nobel Peace Prize Forum this past month in Minneapolis, Minnesota organized under the auspices of the Norwegian Nobel Institute. The Forum provides a unique international platform focusing on the work of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, as well as leading peacemakers and peacebuilders. Click here for more information
Flight Center Travel Group Newest Member of
IIPT Coalition of Partners
IIPT is proud to announce that ghe Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG) is the newest member of the IIPT Coalition of Partners for Peace through Tourism. FCTG is an Australian-based international travel company and the largest retail travel outlet in Australia. After starting with one shop in the early 1980s, FCTG has enjoyed remarkable growth to become a $17 billion business consisting of more than 30 brands.
LIUTEBM Graduates Third Class
EDUCATING for the future assures sustainable development, and to be part of sustainable development, one should help to create the future and be part of it. This was recently accentuated by LIUTEBM University Vice Chancellor, Professor Patrick Kalifungwa during the institution’s 3rd graduation ceremony held at Mulungushi International Conference Center, Lusaka,Zambia.
Prof. Kalifungwa assured the invited guests that his university’s graduation that day was not just another joyous occasion, but also marked an important milestone in the history of LIUTEBM University. “The seventh year of our existence as a University has been intense and focused. We have quickly positioned ourselves as a high quality institution of higher learning that can deliver transformative, and holistic education. Click here for more information
Cassie in Country Number 140, marks a year into her journey around the world !!
Cassandra 'Cassie' De Pecol, IIPT Ambassador of Peace, arrives in Country Number 140, Maurtitius, marking a year into her journey as an ambassador for Peace.
Cassie recently visited Sri Lanka as part of her attempt to become the first documented woman to travel to 196 nations in record time to set a Guinness World Record. She greatly appreciated the hospitality during the visit. Cassie's message to students in Sri Lanka was," Students continue to inspire me with your warm and euphoric messages. Please continue to reach out to me if you need any assistance in regards to travel and/or working within the hospitality/tourism sector on an international level. You are all such change makers and I can't wait to become a part of a greater movement with you all once this Expedition is successfully completed!" Click here for more information
Sacred Himalaya Travel Second Charter Member of
IIPT/Skal Travel for Peace Campaign
We are most pleased to announce that Sacred Himalaya Travel is the Second Charter member of the IIPT/Skal International “Travel for Peace” Campaign.
Sacred Himalaya travel specializes in adventure, pilgrimage and community tourism tours in Bhutan and other Himalayan nations of Nepal, Tibet and India. Charter membership follows the recent launch of the “Travel for Peace” campaign at a World Expeditions Responsible Travel Symposium. Key officers of Sacred Himalaya Travel are: Tshetem Norbu, Managing Director and Guide; Laxmi, General Manager and Wendy Erd, international tour agent. Click here for more information
2016 African Diaspora World Tourism Awards to include African Royal Procession
IIPT founder/president Lou D’Amore, who serves as an International Chair for the 2016 African Diaspora Worls Tourism Awards, has yet another reason to be proud to be a part of this historic event taking place in Atlanta, Ga. (USA). Aside from being an African Diaspora World Tourism Awards Hall of Fame Honoree, D’Amore will also be honored along with Royalty at the awards ceremony. Some of the Royal guests even share IIPT’s mission of promoting peace through tourism. Click here for more information
World Expeditions first Charter Member of
IIPT/Skal Travel for Peace Campaign
At the recent World Expeditions’ Responsible Travel Symposium in Toronto, IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore announced the IIPT/Skal International “Travel for Peace Campaign” and World Expeditions as the first charter member.
The IIPT/Skal International Travel for Peace Campaign will invite all Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Hotel Companies, Airlines, Cruise Lines and Travel Publications to become members of the campaign and join in the movement to encourage travelers around the world to be Ambassadors for Peace by practicing the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler and the travel ethic inherent in the belief that we are “One Earth One Family.”
Members will be asked to distribute the copyrighted IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler along with the iconic “Portrait of the Global Family” by renown artist Padre Johnson. Click here for more information
WTTC Report Confirms
Tourism as a Driver for Peace
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has released a new research report quantifying for the first time the positive correlation between tourism and peace. While travel & tourism has often been recognized for its ability to foster peace, security, and mutual understanding, to date, there has been little empirical evidence to support this link.
The report, “Tourism as a Driver for Peace” conducted with the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), the world’s pre-eminent think tank measuring peace, shows how important an open and sustainable tourism sector can be for the levels of peace in a country. Countries with more open and sustainable tourism sectors have higher levels of peace and lower levels of conflict and violence.
IIPT India Conducts First Global Awards for
Empowered Women in Tourism at ITB
In association with UNWTO and ITB Berlin, IIPT India conducted the first Global Awards for Empowered Women in Tourism this past month at ITB Berlin under the title “Celebrating Her.”
Five exceptional women from across the world, including one from India, were honored at the Award Ceremony where Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) delivered the keynote address and Mr. Vinod Zutshi, Secretary for Tourism, Govt. of India was the Guest of Honour. The entire event was coordinated and moderated by Anita Mendiratta, author and international consultant on tourism, Special Advisor to the Secretary General UNWTO and Member IIPT India Advisory Council. Click here for more information
Dr. Taleb Rifai Presents 1st IIPT India “Celebrating Her”
Global Awards for Empowered Women at ITB Berlin
In his keynote address, Dr. Taleb Rifai spoke at length on the situation regarding women within the industry. He acknowledged and thanked the award winners for their efforts to make the world a better place. He congratulated IIPT India and ITB Berlin for taking up the issue of gender equality and celebrating women and said that UNWTO was proud to be associated with the Awards.
IIPT President to Speak at World Expeditions:
Responsible Travel Symposium in Toronto
IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore will be a featured speaker at the World Expeditions Responsible Travel Symposium in Toronto, 19 April. Theme of the Symposium, being organized by Donna Lawrence, Responsible Travel Manager of World Expeditions Group is:
Learn how to be a Responsible Traveler
IIPT Founder and President to Serve as International Honorary Chair for Upcoming African Diaspora World Tourism Awards Ceremony
IIPT Founder and President, Dr. Louis D’Amore will serve as an International Honorary Chair of the African Diaspora World Awards (ADWT-Awards) Ceremony set to take place August 26-28, 2016 in Atlanta, Ga. USA. He is joining several other top tourism professionals from around the world who have endorsed the awards event with a show of support by serving as chair. Through D’Amore, IIPT will help as a strategic partner in presenting the ADWT-Awards event.
IIPT Caribbean to Launch
As a tribute to the pioneering work of Diana McIntyre-Pike in Community Tourism, the IIPT Caribbean and Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses (CCTN/VAB) have created an Academy for Community Tourism. The Academy honours its President/Founder Diana McIntyre-Pike who is also President of the first chapter of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) outside the USA and Co-ordinator of the IIPT International Community Tourism Network. Click here for more information
IIPT India Celebrates 1st Anniversary with Launch of MBA
Program and Dedication of SVIMS International Classrooms
IIPT India celebrated the 1st Anniversary of its birth on 30 January 2016 at SVIMS (Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Management Studies), headquarters of the IIPT India Educators Network Forum. A highlight of the 1st Anniversary was with the inauguration of the new SVIMS International classrooms.
The event also marked the launch of the 1 year MBA in Tourism Excellence programme which SVIMS International will conduct in collaboration with the LIUTEBM (Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence & Business Management) of Lusaka, Zambia. The agreement for this collaboration was signed during the visit of Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa, Vice Chancellor of LIUTEBM, to Mumbai in Sep 2015.
IIPT India Celebrates 1st Anniversary as Co-organizer of International Symposium: “Fostering Tourism for Global Peace”
Following up on IIPT India’s thrust on quality education for tourism, the temple city of Bhubaneshwar was the venue of the international Symposium on “Fostering Tourism for Global Peace” from 01 to 03 February. The Symposium was jointly organized by the Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University, IIPT India and the Indian Travel & Hospitality Congress. Click here for more information
PATA Study Shows Peace a Boon to Tourism
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has published a research report examining how peace, democracy and ending geopolitical and ethnic conflicts can facilitate tourism growth. How Travel & Tourism Benefits From Peace – A Statistical Analysis of the Asian Experience examines 12 countries in South Asia and South-east Asia as case studies, illustrating how travel and tourism is booming in nations which are at peace but not so for those that are still grappling with either internal or external conflicts or both.
Mario Hardy, CEO of PATA, stated that “Tourism is and can be a force for good. Tourism can flourish under conditions of peace, and in turn can help economies grow, reduce class disparities, alleviate poverty and allow people to develop a better understanding of each other.” Click here for more information
IIPT Interview with Jayson Westbury, Chair of
IIPT Australia Chapter President, Gail Parsonage (right), recently had the opportunity to interview Mr. Jayson Westbury (left), Chair of the World Travel Agents Association Alliance (WTAAA), the global voice of the travel agency distribution channel. Membership of WTAAA includes the national Travel Associations of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain and the USA. Click here for more information
Cassie DePecol meets with NYU Students to discuss
Global Journey as IIPT-Skal Ambassador for Peace
“Our generation, ‘The Millennial’s’, have a unique opportunity to change the world with the internet and instant communication which has no borders. We are all connected and my journey is showing that connection. Millennials can unite the world,” said Cassandra De Pecol, during her meeting with students of New York University this past week as part of her Guinness World Record-setting Expedition that includes stopovers in 196 countries.
Cassie was graciously hosted at NYU by Professor Tracey Coleman with the support of Associate Dean Kristin M. Lamoureux,Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism, NYU School of Professional Studies.
IIPT and Skal International Launch
Joint Ambassador for Peace Campaign
Louis D’Amore, IIPT Founder and President and Nigel Pilkington, President, Skål International announced today the launch of a joint IIPT/Skål International Ambassador for Peace Campaign.
The campaign will seek to engage hotels, airlines, travel agents, tour operators and other industry sectors in promoting the belief that “every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.” Partnerships will be sought with major travel industry associations to broadly distribute the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler together with the iconic “Global Family Portrait” by artist Padre Johnson inscribed underneath with the words, “One Earth One Family.” Click here for more information
IIPT President Named as one of 20 White Leaders Who have Championed Black History and Cultural Heritage
African Diaspora Tourism has named IIPT Founder and President, Dr. Louis D’Amore as one of 20 white leaders from around the globe who have contributed significantly to Black history and cultural heritage.
In making the announcement, Kitty Pope, Publisher of Africa Diaspora Tourism and D’Amore continues his message of peace and embracing cultural diversity around the world. He has been instrumental in promoting the travel and tourism industry as the world’s first “Global Peace Industry.” Since its founding in 1986, IIPT has brought together global leaders from all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, as well as the areas of culture, environment and development. In particular, D’Amore has held IIPT International Conferences regarding Africa to help develop more balanced and positive images of the land, culture and people of the continent. Click here for more information
Coxless Crew scheduled to arrive in Australia having rowed across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco
Four young ladies departed San Francisco in April 2015, rowing 8,446 miles across the Pacific Ocean and will be arriving in Cairns, Australia sometime between 19 – 25 January. Theirjourney across the Pacific will break three world records:
- The first all female team to row the Pacific Ocean.
- The first ever fours boat to row the Pacific Ocean.
- Fastest 4s boat to cross the Pacific
IIPT Launches 30th Anniversary Year atWorld Travel Market Special Event
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) launched the 30th anniversary of its birth this past month at a World Travel Market Special event. IIPT was born in 1986, the UN International Year of Peace with a vision of travel and tourism becoming the world’s first “global peace industry” and the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”
Theme of the Platinum Suite event at World Travel Market was, “From Conflict to Sustainable Tourism: the Northern Ireland Experience” highlighting the experience of Northern Ireland in its transformation from a nation of conflict to sustainable tourism development with its related socio-cultural, economic and political benefits.
IIPT President Featured Speaker
at Sustainable Tourism + 20 Summit
IIPT Founder and President, Dr. Louis D’Amore was a featured speaker at the recently held Sustainable Tourism + 20 Summit held recently in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Country (Spain), on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Charter for Sustainable Tourism. The Sustainable Tourism +20 Summit was organized by the Responsible Tourism Institute (RTI), the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) and the Basque Tourism Agency, with the support of UNESCO, UNWTO and the main international organizations working in sustainable tourism.
Dr. D’Amore’s talk emphasized four key challenges to sustainable tourism development in the next twenty years.
IIPT India Hosts Two Major Sessions as Part of First
Maharashatra International Travel Mart (MITM)
From September 28-30, 2015, the Department of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, India hosted the Maharashtra International Travel Mart (MITM) in Mumbai and IIPT India conducted two major sessions of 90 minutes each addressed by eminent Indian and international speakers including a senior representative of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on the subjects of:
* Tourism as a tool for prosperity and peace;
* The critical role of women in tourism and strategies for women empowerment.
Hon. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra, inaugurated Maharashtra International Travel Mart (MITM) at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Center, Goregaon, Mumbai. MITM 2015 witnessed 250 registrations with participation from 16 states, along with hoteliers, travel agents, and tour operators from India and abroad. The Honorable Chief Minister said, “The mart has brought all tourism stakeholders under one roof. There's great scope for tourism in Maharashtra and India." Click here for more information
IIPT Dedicates International Peace Park at
UNWTO General Assembly, Medellin, Colombia
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) was most honored to dedicate an IIPT International Peace Park at the University Gardens of Medellin University as a living legacy of the 21st UNWTO General Assembly and a tribute to the City that hosted the UNWTO General Assembly this past month.
Participating in the Symbolic Ceremony with IIPT Founder and President, Dr. Louis D’Amore were: Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General; Hon. Sandra Howard Taylor, Vice Minister Tourism, Colombia; Hon. Alain St.Ange, Minister, Tourism and Culture, Seychelles; Mr. Rafael Millan, Executive Committee Member of Skal International; and Rector of the University of Medellin, Dr. Nestor Vargus.
Archbishop of Medellin, Monsignor Edgar Aristizabal blessed the ceremony and the Peace Park. Prof. Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) was Master of Ceremony.
Dr. Taleb Rifai
Hon. Sandra Howard Taylor
Sandra Echeverry Duque
H.E. Alain St. Ange
Prof. Geoffrey Lipman
Dr. Louis D´Amore
Inaugural Australian IIPT/Skal Peace Park Dedicated
The inaugural Australian IIPT - International Institute for Peace through Tourism and SKAL International Peace Park, was commemorated this past April at Leura in the Blue Mountains, Sydney, Australia.
His Excellency Mr. Reha Keskintepe, Ambassador of Turkey, and Mark Greenhill, Mayor Blue Mountains City Council dedicated the Lone Pine Peace Park which coincided with the “Great Gathering of Peace, Friendship and Understanding in Istanbul, marking the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign of WW1 and a call for peace across all nations.” Click here for more information
IIPT World Symposium Achieves Major Outcomes:
Twelve IIPT Legacy Projects Announced
The recently held IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport was a huge success resulting in twelve IIPT Legacy Projects being launched as IIPT prepares to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary since its birth in 1986 – the UN International Year of Peace. The following are the projects:
Peaceful Traveler Campaign
Danube Peace Boat Project
Global Youth Platform for Peace
Destination Alliance for Southern Africa
Gandhi Youth Summit
Sports Programs in Post-Conflict Countries
IIPT Kite Flying Festival “One Sky One World”
Building an IIPT Library in India
Mt. Kiliminjaro Climb for Peace
Community Tourism Magazine
Community Herbal Gardens
IIPT/Skal Village, City, Municipalities and Region of Peace Announced at Special Coca-Cola Luncheon
IIPT was most proud to have Coca-Cola South Africa as title sponsor of its World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport. As South Africa’s favorite brand, Coca-Cola is known as the company doing the most for community upliftment in South Africa and therefore was the perfect Title Sponsor of the IIPT World Symposium.
IIPT Founder and President, Dr. Louis D’Amore expressed his “sincere appreciation to Ms. Therese Gearhart, President, Coca-Cola South Africa for its generous support as Title Sponsor of the Symposium and to senior executive and global thinker, Ms. Cath Coetzer who opened her presentation with the world’s all time number one commercial, Coca-Cola’s “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony” recorded in 1971 on a hill top in Italy with young people from countries throughout the world.
IIPT India Launches Educators Network
Ajay Prakash and Kiran Yadav, Co-founders of IIPTI (International Institute for Peace Through Tourism – India), launched their educational initiative in tourism and hospitality, "Educators Network Forum" (ENF), at Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Management Studies & Research (SVIMS) in Wadala, Mumbai on April 28, 2015.
At the event, the IIPT India ENF office, located at the SVIMS campus, was also inaugurated. Mrs. Valsa Nair Singh, Secretary - Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, was the Chief Guest at the event, while Dr Sitikantha Mishra, Chairman, Board of Tourism & Hospitality Studies, AICTE( All India Council for Technical Eduucation), was the Guest of Honour. Also present were a number of luminaries including Prof Sandeep Kulshreshtha – Director IITTM (Indian Institute for Travel Trade Management), Prof. Sheroo Rangnekar – eminent management expert, Mr. Rajiv Duggal – Senior VP, Tourism, Hospitality & Education, Lavasa Corporation, Airline Managers, Travel Trade Associations’ representatives, Travel Agents, Tour Operators and media. Click here for more information
IIPT World Symposium Honors the Legacies of
Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The recently held IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport honored the legacies of the world’s three great champions of Peace and Non-Violent Resistance: Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The presence and participation of Ms. Naomi King and Ms. Nandi Mandela provided for a most informative and inspiring plenary session and gave substance to the Symposium aim of honoring the legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ms. Anita Mendiratta
Ms. Naomi King
Ms. Nandi Mandela
Symposium Opening Ceremony Features Keynote Addresses by Dr. Taleb Rifai and Mr. David Scowsill
The IIPT World Symposium began with a Welcome Reception, hosted by the City of Johannesburg that was held at Randlords, the exclusive lounge floating high above the “City of Gold” with magical 360 degree views across the Johannesburg cityscape and beyond. Ms. Anita Mendiratta was Master of Ceremony and Hon. Derek Hanekom Minister of Tourism, South Africa, highlighted the evening with an inspiring talk that included stories from his own personal life during which he was imprisoned for three years at Robben Island for his activist role as a member of the African National Congress opposing apartheid and subsequently exiled to Zimbabwe. His wife, Dr. Trish Hanekom also served four years in prison for her anti-apartheid involvement.
Other keynote speakers during the Symposium included: Dr. Geraldine Reymenants, General Representative of the Government of Flanders to South Africa; Hon. Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Seychelles; H.E. Vincent Karega, High Commissioner of Rwanda to South Africa; Mr. Salih Cene, President and Mr. Nigel Pilkington, First Vice-President, Skal International; Prof. Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP); Mr. Paul Bewsher, Program Manager, Peace Park Foundation,Mr. Welcome Msomi, Chairman, MsomiFranco Intelligent Solutions and Mr.Ajay Prakash,President IIPT Chapter India.
Dr. Geraldine Reymenants
Hon. Alain St. Ange
H.E. Vincent Karega
Ms. Naomi King to Participate in
The widow of Rev. A. D. King, the only brother of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ms. Naomi King will travel to South Africa to participate in the:
IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport
Being held in Ekurhuleni, South Africa (adjacent to O.R. Tambo Johannesburg International airport) 16 to 19 February 2015. Ms. King will be a guest speaker and will accept a special IIPT plaque on behalf of the King family as we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Click here for more information
Momentum Builds towards
IIPT World Symposium, South Africa
Cultivating a Culture of Peace and Sustainability
Momentum continues to build towards the IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations tthrough Tourism, Culture and Sport being held in Ekurhuleni, South Africa (adjacent to Johannesburg International Airport) February 16-19, 2015.
The Symposium, which is endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will also commemorate the 50th Anniversary of African Union, 20 years of South African Democracy, and 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Legislation in the United States. Venue for the Symposium is Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni adjacent to O.R. Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg.
An interactive and action oriented Symposium is being planned that will seek to honor the legacies of the world’s three champions of peace and non-violence by building bridges of tourism, friendship and peace in regions throughout the world - and in this process, cultivating sustainable and peaceful communities and nations. Click here for more information
IIPT World Symposium to Feature Leading Practitioners
The IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities through Tourism, Culture and Sports will bring together a number of leading practioners who will share their experience and insights during a series of interactive sessions.
Dr. Toni Neubauer
Hani Abu Dayyeh
Dr. Jovan Popesku
Dr. David Adams
Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa
Jean Marc Mignon
Diana McIntyre Pike
Dr. Ernie Heath
Large and Enthusiastic turnout for IIPT
World Travel Market session – Cultivating
Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations
Nearly 100 persons attended the IIPT World Travel Market session that pre-viewed the
IIPT World Symposium to be held at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, South Africa on the theme:
Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations
through Tourism, Culture and Sport
Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, South Africa
February 16 – 19, 2015
The IIPT World Travel Mark session featured industry leaders including: Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Martin Craigs, CEO of Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); Amb. Yamina Karitanyi, Head of Tourism and Conservation, Rwanda; Hiran Cooray, Director, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Chairman, Jetwing Hotels Ltd. and Past Chairman of PATA; Mrs. Wahida Jaiet, Managing Director, Tunisian National Tourism Office (TNTO) and Mrs. Chandana Khan, Special Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh Tourism, India. Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) moderated the Panel.
UNWTO Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai to be
Keynote Speaker at IIPT World Symposium
Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will be a keynote speaker at the groundbreaking
IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport
February 16-19, 2015
Ekurhuleni, South Africa
The Symposium will honor the legacies of the world’s three champions of Non-Violent Resistance: Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.
The Symposium is being held February 16-20, 2015 at Emperors Palace, nearby Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport, in the Metropolitan Municipality of Ekurhuleni (City of Peace), Gauteng Province, South Africa. It will also commemorate the 50th Anniversary of African Union, 20 years of South African Democracy, and 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Legislation in the United States.
Other keynote speakers will include: Hon. Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism, South Africa (Invited); Hon. Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism, Seychelles; Martin Craigs, CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) (Invited); Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP); Mok Singh, Skal International President (2012 – 2013).
Anita Mendiratta, Founder and Managing Director, Cachet Consulting, will be a plenary session Moderator.
Hon. Derek Hanekom
Alain St. Ange
Pietermaritzburg to be named IIPT/Skal City of Peace
as Cities/Towns Villages of Peace across South Africa Campaign
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa has great significance for the IIPT World Symposium as it marks the location where non-violent resistance had its beginnings more than 120 years ago. It is where Mahatma Gandhi boarded a train to travel to Pretoria in May 1983. Gandhi had a first class ticket but was ordered by a white man to move from first class to third class. Gandhi refused and was thrown off the train. The incident catalyzed the beginning of the non-violent resistance movement as Gandhi decided to stay in South Africa and fight the oppression of Indians in that country. It was during this struggle that he developed his unique resistance movement known as Satyagraha.
Second IIPT Croatia Cycle for Peace by
Prof. Tomica Plukavek
2014 saw the continuation of IIPT Croatia’s Cycling for Peace.
In May, Professor Tomica Plukavec represented IIPT and IIPT Croatia in the international cycling event “Marija Zvijezda” leading one of seven groups cycling the route from Croatia to Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina where a “Prayer for Peace” was held by all taking part.
IIPT Croatia supported this event for its special message of peaceful coexistence between different nations and religions in the region and highlighting the peace message of Pope John Paul II, as the event was dedicated to his honour. The event was organised by Drina Cavar, President of the not for profit organisation Kristov Stol. Click here for more information
Peace Towns and Villages across South Africa -
Preparing the Foundations for IIPT World Symposium
IIPT and Skal International are cooperating in a campaign leading up to the IIPT World Symposium to encourage 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 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
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
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
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
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.
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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).
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
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.”