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
President of IIPT British Columbia Chapter to be Inducted in
University of Victoria Sport Hall of Fame
The University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada will induct cross country and track runner Silverado Socrates into the University’s Sports Hall of Fame at its annual Celebration of Champions banquet, April 3. Silverado Socrates, formerly Brenda Shackleton, raced for the ‘Vikes’ from 1985 to 1988 and led her team to three consecutive Canadian collegiate cross country titles. She was honored with almost every single accolade including UVic’s Rookie and Athlete of the Year awards, national collegiate cross-country Athlete of the Year and All-Canadian Collegiate honors for three-straight seasons. Socrates also set multiple records on the track, some of which still stand to date. Click here for more information
Superplus Centre Mandeville, Jamaica gets
IIPT Caribbean and CCTN Entrepreneurship training
The Community Tourism Entrepreneurship Workshop recently held on March 20, 2013 was sponsored by Reliance Investments Ltd, owner/operators of the Superplus Centre in Mandeville for their staff and some of the Shop operators in the Centre.
This training was presented by the IIPT Caribbean and the Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses in collaboration with the Jamaica Creative Co-operative with their Consultants Diana McIntyre-Pike, President of IIPT Caribbean and President/Founder CCTN/VAB and Maxine Donovan, Co-ordinator, Jamaica Creative Co-operative.
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
to Feature 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
Knysna Tourism Collaborating with IIPT
in Heritage Tourism Development
IIPT President, Louis D’Amore was recently hosted by Knysna, heart of the Garden Route, Western Cape Province South Africa where he had the opportunity to meet with members of Knysna Tourism. The visit has resulted in several important tourism initiatives being developed by Knysna Tourism Development Manager Glendyrr Fick in collaboration with IIPT and with the potential to be implemented throughout Africa as well as other regions of the world. Click here to read more
South African Communities Host IIPT President
IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore was honored to be welcomed and hosted by the communities of Cullinan, Refilwe and the Dinokeng Game Reserve during his recent visit to South Africa.
Mr. Dumisani Ntshangase - Deputy Director- Public Participation and Community Projects and his team with Gauteng Tourism Authority hosted the visit to these communities.
Mr. D’Amore was accompanied by Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa - Vice Chancellor Livingstone International University – Zambia, and IIPT Advisory Board member. He was joined in Cullinan by Mr.Maga Ramasamy, President of the IIPT Indian Ocean Islands Chapter based in Mauritius and Mr. Victor Mutanga, UNESCO Youth Peace Ambassador for South Africa and Zimbabwe. Click here to read more
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.”