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
A Persian Journey:
Special IIPT Tour to Iran
Donald King, IIPT Ambassador at Large, and his wife Lynne will be escorting a special “Persian Journey”, a tour of Iran October 14-23. The tour will be offered as a “World Peace Tour” under the auspices of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT). An optional extension to Istanbul October 23-25 is also available.
The key cities on the itinerary are Shiraz, Isfahan, Kashan and Tehran. The itinerary will afford a special emphasis to the spiritual sites of Iran, as we examine sites related to Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Click here for more information
IIPT Announces Launch of Peace Tours Morocco
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is pleased to announce the launch of Peace Tours Morocco as its second “Legacy Project” commemorating the 25th Anniversary since its First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace held in Vancouver 1988.
Peace Tours Morocco is a product developed by IIPT Partner MUNDITINERA-CULTURAL BRIDGES International and is being distributed throughout the world in collaboration with Skal International – the world’s largest organization of travel and tourism industry executives with more than 18,000 members in 425 cities in 85 countries and all sectors of the travel and tourism industry. 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.”
‘Green’ Travel is Here to Stay
Concludes New Analysis by Center for Responsible Travel
WASHINGTON, DC— A new meta-analysis by the Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) finds “increasing recognition among both travel professionals and consumers of the importance of responsible travel” and concludes that “green travel is here to stay.” CREST’s new 2014 report, The Case for Responsible Travel: Trends and Statistics, updates the first edition which was published in January 2013.
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.
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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.
IIPT Welcomes Mok Singh as latest
International Advisory Board Member
IIPT is most proud to welcome Mok Singh to its International Advisory Board. When Mok Singh first came to the United States from India as an English Literature major and Economics minor, little did he imagine that within twenty years he would become a leader and innovator in the international travel industry. Click here for more information
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 Caribbean Community Tourism Study Tour & Conference exceeds expectations
The IIPT Caribbean Community Tourism Study Tour and Conference held in Jamaica, November 18-23, 2013 exceeded the expectations of the more than 50 delegates including 19 delegates from ten countries of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
The study tour and conference was organized by the IIPT Caribbean Chapter in association with Countrystyle Community Tourism Network and Villages as Business (CCTN/VAB). Click here for more information
IIPT Bids Farewell to Nelson Mandela
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) joins with millions of people throughout the world in honoring and celebrating the life of Nelson Mandela. He will live on through his legacy of peace, justice and reconciliation that will carry forward for generations to come as an inspiration to all. His enormous contributions provide a beacon of hope for a new way forward towards a world free of oppression and violence where all can live with dignity and in harmony with one another.
“The world has lost a visionary leader, a courageous voice for justice, and a clear moral compass. By showing us that the path to freedom and human dignity lies in love, wisdom and compassion for one another, Nelson Mandela stands as an inspiration to us all……….Madiba’s legacy beckons us to follow his example to strive for human rights, reconciliation and justice for all.”
Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General and Chai of The Elders
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.”