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AUSTRALIAN CHAPTER

Inaugural Conference: Tourism - Passport to Peace

The Australia Chapter of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism will hold its inaugural conference at the Avillion Hotel in Sydney, on Saturday, 29 March 2003. A broad range of topics relating to "peace through tourism" will be presented and discussed under the conference theme: Tourism - Passport to Peace.

IIPT Founder and President, Louis D'Amore, will travel to Australia to attend this Conference and to report on the Second Global Summit on Peace through Tourism, held recently in Geneva, Switzerland. Tourism New South Wales are the major sponsor for this first conference organised by IIPT (Australia) Inc. IIPT is a non-political, not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and poverty reduction; and through these initiatives, help bring about a more peaceful and sustainable world. IIPT has organised three international conferences (Vancouver, Montreal, Glasgow) and two global summits (Amman, Geneva). The Australian Chapter, incorporated in 2001, is the first IIPT regional chapter to be formed.

Session topics for this Australian Conference are:

Cultural sensitivity and understanding
Role of the media in projecting images and influencing attitudes
The peace component in travel and tourism courses and programs
Sustainable Tourism
How best to get the peace message to the industry

In addition to the invited speakers, the program format encourages audience participation and discussion. Invited speakers include leading industry executives, academics and IIPT members. IIPT membership is open to companies, organizations and individuals, who support IIPT's mission, and appreciate and practise IIPT's Credo of the Peaceful Traveller.

IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveller

Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:

Journey with an open mind and gentle heart
Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter
Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life
Appreciate all cultures I discover
Respect and thank my host for their welcome
Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet
Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and
By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace.

Daphne Lowe Kelley, president of the Australia Chapter, said, "If the conference stimulates discussion and helps to increase awareness of the importance of peace through tourism to the successful operation of the travel and tourism industry, it will have been worthwhile."

Registration Forms are available from the Secretary, Faye Alexander, phone (02) 9567 1029, email falexander@ozemail.com.au

Daphne Lowe Kelley, President, IIPT (Australia) Inc, GPO Box 670, Sydney NSW 2001. Phone (02) 9299 8942, Fax (02) 9290 3216, Email lowekelley@bigpond.com


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