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His Majesty King Hussein Tourism Award honors the Rebuild Dubrovnik Fund

Award Presented for the first time at First Global Summit On Peace Through Tourism in Amman, Jordan

    AMMAN, JORDAN (Nov. 9, 2000)--- In honor of H.M. King Hussein’s Legacy of Peace, the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) presented the first King Hussein Tourism Award to the Rebuild Dubrovnik Fund.  Louis D’Amore, IIPT Founder and President, announced that this Award was established to recognize the organization with outstanding achievement in contributing to the vision of “Tourism as a Global Peace Industry.” H.E. Madam Pave Zupan Ruskovic, Minister of Tourism for Croatia, as a co-founder of the Rebuild Dubrovnik Fund, accepted the award on behalf of the Rebuild Dubrovnik Fund. Also present at the ceremony was Earlene Causey, who then, as President of the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), was a co-founder and President of the Fund.  

    The presentation took place at a special Awards luncheon sponsored by Air Harbour Technologies immediately following the Official Opening Ceremony of the first Global Summit on Peace Through Tourism, at the Grand Hyatt Amman Hotel, Amman, Jordan. Hani Yamani, Chairman, Air Harbour Technologies, welcomed the delegates to the Awards Luncheon.                

    The Rebuild Dubrovnik Fund was the first non-profit organization to bring together travel and preservation groups to serve a common cause.  In its six-year history, it served to restore several landmark monuments and played an instrumental role in attracting travel and tourism back to the region, helping to restore the livelihood of the people of Dubrovnik.                       

    King Hussein Scholarship Awards

    The King Hussein Tourism Award was just one of several ways that the Global Summit paid tribute to the late King's legacy of peace.  On this same occasion, the IIPT initiated The King Hussein Scholarship Awards.  From its beginning in 1986, IIPT has sought to stimulate the creative thinking of future industry leaders regarding the potential for tourism to be a vital force for peace and sustainability.   Marriott Hotels and Resorts were the sponsors of the King Hussein Scholarship Awards, which was organized under the direction of Dr. Dan McDonald, Associate Professor and Coordinator, University of Northern Iowa, Tourism Certificate Program. A US$1,000 scholarship was awarded to a university student in each of the five regions of the world who had written the best paper on "Building a Culture of Peace Through Tourism." The scholarships were awarded to: 

    AFRICA:  Najma Abrahams, Cape Technikon, South Africa

    EASTERN EUROPE:  Arzu A. Karimova, The Faculty of Public Administration in Azerbaijan, Russia

    NORTH AMERICA:  Anne Morrison, North Seattle, Community College, Seattle, Washington

    ASIA-OCEANIA: – Lynda-Ann Blanchard,  Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

    EUROPE: Yaniv Poria, University of Surrey, The School of Management for The Service Sector, Surrey, UK.        

     The Global Summit on Peace Through Tourism, under the Royal Patronage of H.M. King Abdullah II, was organized by IIPT and American Express was the Title Sponsor. 

    IIPT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, preservation of heritage, and a peaceful, sustainable world.

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