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
IIPT Caribbean to Host Community Tourism
Conference and Study Tour
IIPT Caribbean, in association with the Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses, LetsDoitinTheCaribbean.com and their Tourism partners will host a Community Tourism Conference and Study Tour to be held at the
Mandeville Hotel, Manchester, Jamaica, November 18 – 23, 2013.
The Conference/Study Tour will host 20 Caribbean leaders from Eastern Caribbean countries and others from Jamaica, USA, Canada and Europe that will showcase the rich cultural heritage of Jamaica’s villages. Theme of the conference and study tour is:
Sustaining & Transforming Communities through Tourism Entrepreneurship.
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
IIPT South Asia Panel at
World Travel Market
An IIPT South Asia industry leaders panel will be a featured seminar at World Travel Market:
Wednesday, 6 November from14:00 to 15:00.
Theme of the session is
Building Bridges of Collaboration for Sustainable Tourism Development in South Asia
The World Travel and Tourism Council projects that South Asia will have the strongest growth in Travel & Tourism’s direct contribution to GDP in the coming years with a growth rate of 6.7%. Their ten year outlook is that South Asia will outperform all other world sub-regions with a 7.2% growth rate driven by increasing wealth in the middle classes. 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
Ms. Glendyrr Fick, General Manager of Knysna Tourism and IIPT member has successfully launched her “Green Chefs Initiative” with the Knysna Tourism Living Local Green Chefs event this past month in Knysna, South Africa – heart of the Garden Route.
Charmaine Sinclair was the top chef of this year’s inaugural event with her menu of mutton curry with sambals, poppadoms and rice, and a sweet treat of an apple tartlet served with custard and vanilla slice. Charmaine took home a cash prize of R1 000 for her efforts, while each finalist received R 500. All five of the finalists will also participate in a formal cooking training program with Kilzer’s Kitchen Basics during August. 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 Begins 25th Anniversary Year with launch of
Consortium of Collaborating Universities
IIPT will be commemorating the twenty-fifth Anniversary of its First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace this year. The Conference held in Vancouver 1988 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. Click here for more information
Pope John Paul II
Universities from Regions throughout the World are Founding Members of IIPT Consortium of Collaborating Universities
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism has received an enthusiastic response to its newly formed IIPT Consortium of Collaborating Universities (IIPT – CCU). More than twenty universities have 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. Click here for more information
International Socrates Award Conferred on Vice Chancellor of LIUTEBM University Dr. Patrick K. Kalifungwa
The Board and Council Chairman of Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM), Professor Mutale Chanda, wish to announce that at the recent summit of the 21st Century Leaders by the European Business Assembly, held at the Institute of Directors in London, the International Socrates Award in the field of Education was conferred on Dr. Patrick K. Kalifungwa, Vice Chancellor and Founder of LIUTEBM University. 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
Mauritius hosts IIPT Symposium to
Commemorate World Tourism Day
The Social Club of Air Mauritius hosted an IIPT All Island Symposium to commemorate World Tourism Day, 27 September 2013 on the theme:
Tourism and Sustainable Energy: Powering Sustainable Development.
Featured speakers at the symposium from left to right were: Mr. Maga Ramasamy, President, World Air Lines Club Association (WACA) and Manager, Human Resources, Air Mauritius (Moderator); Louis D’Amore IIPT Founder and President; Dr. Arjoon Suddoo, CEO, Mauritius Research Council; Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa, Vice Chancellor, Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM); and Donald Payen, Executive Vice President, Customer Service and Corporate Communications, Air Mauritius. Click here to read more
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 Holds Joint Board Meeting in New York
A joint meeting of the IIPT Board of Directors and IIPT International Advisory Board was recently held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City to discuss future plans for IIPT.
Taking part in the meeting (from left to right in the photo) were Timothy Marshall, Chairman, IIPT Board of Directors and President, Jamaica Business Resource Center (JBRC); Nina Meyer, President & Chairman of the Board, American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA); Louis D’Amore, IIPT Founder and President; Markly Wilson, Director of International Tourism Marketing, State of New York; Senator Akel Biltaji, Royal Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Alex Harris, Founder and Chairman, General Tours; Michael Stolowitzky, Marketing Executive, American Express Vacations; and Dr. Noel Brown, Chairman, IIPT International Advisory Board and President, Friends of the United Nations. Click here for more information
IIPT Names Folk Ensemble Lindjo an Honorary
IIPT Ambassador for Peace
The International Institute for Peace trough Tourism and Folk Ensemble Lindjo from Dubrovnik, Croatia, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim to promote peace, mutual understanding and collaboration amongst nations of the world.
The cooperation between FE Lindjo and the IIPT holds great importance for the development of cultural exchange and re-ignition of cultural connections in the South Eastern European region, with a view to enhance harmonious relations, as well as protection of cultural heritage. Click here for 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.”