2007 Issue

Bermuda Premier Dr. Ewart F. Brown to be
Keynote Speaker at 4th IIPT African Conference
Kampala, Uganda, May 20-25, 2007

Dr. The Honorable Ewart Brown, JP, MP, Premier of Bermuda

We are proud to announce that Bermuda Premier and Minister of Tourism and Transport, The Hon. Dr. Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP will be a featured Keynote Speaker at the 4th IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism being held May 20 – 25 in Kampala, Uganda under the patronage of H. E. Yomeri Kaguta Museveni.


The conference is being organized by IIPT in partnership with the Africa travel Association (ATA) in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the UN Millenium Development Goals.

As Minister of Tourism and Transport, and Deputy Premier, Dr. Brown hosted the 2006 Africa Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference held in Bermuda, September 2006.

The goal of the 2006 conference was to provide a continuing forum for  sharing  philosophies,  policies,   resources,  strategic   models, and cultural   expression that enhance heritage  tourism  development  and stimulate  the  perpetuation  of African Diaspora Heritage Trail destinations, programs and products - all crafted from the perspective of people of the African Diaspora working to conserve the vast achievements of Africa’s cultures.

Over a period of almost  four centuries, four million Africans were transported  to  North  America and the Caribbean  Islands
in the Atlantic Slave trade, the largest forced migration in world history.

The African Diaspora is the story of how African people, though scattered and dispersed, managed to retain their traditions and reform  their identities in a New World.

It was the vision of former Minister of Tourism, the late Honorable David H. Allen JP, MP that the African Diaspora Heritage Trail would link historic and cultural sites throughout the countries

Hon. David Allen, the late Minister of Tourism, Bermuda

of the Diaspora, so that potential visitors could follow its global trail and be properly educated on sites of significance.

Sites in Bermuda, the Caribbean, South, Central America, Africa and the United  States would be identified and linked together. The African Diaspora  Heritage Trail identifies, conserves  and promotes historic sites, linking 500 years of the history of people of African descent, and serving to focus attention on a unified culture, history and heritage.

IIPT looks forward to continuing its support of the Africa Diaspora Heritage Trail as part of the
4th IIPT African Conference goals.

Other Confirmed Keynote Speakers include: Hon. Kabinga Pande, Minister of Tourism, Republic of Zambia; Mr. H. E. Joseph Malwal Dong, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife of Sudan, H.E.  Senator Akel Biltaji, Special Advisor to H.M. King Abdulah II, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; Sir Janantilal (Andy) Chande, KBE; Renee Webb, former Minister of Tourism and Communications, Bermuda; Birger Bäckman, former Director General and currently Senior Advisor to the Board of Directors, United Federation of Travel Agencies Associations (UFTAA) Board; and Anastasia Mann, Chairman and CEO, Corniche Travel Group.

Kampala Serena Hotel to be Venue and Official Hotel of
4th IIPT African Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Kampala Serena Hotel has been selected as the Conference Venue and Official Hotel of the 4th IIPT African Conference. The hotel is the latest addition to the Serena Group of Hotels, owned and operated by Tourism Promotion Services (TPS), an arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED).

The five star Kampala Serena Hotel is a milestone for Uganda’s tourism industry. It is the most recent of the Serena Group of Hotels 17 properties in Africa as part of its mandate to contribute to sustainable economic growth in an environmentally and culturally sensitive manner.

At its Official Opening on November 10, 2006, President Museveni  congratulated the AKFED for its contribution to the country saying “The story of the Serena is the story of the recovery of Uganda. The fact that you can have such a world-class hotel in Uganda is proof that Uganda is recovering.”

Also speaking at the hotel’s inauguration  ceremony, His  Highness the Aga  Khan  said, “ Our  intention   is  that  this  major new hotel in  the  Capital  City of  Uganda  can  be followed  by  a quality circuit of new resorts and safari lodges in the Ugandan

His Highness the Aga Khan and His Excellency President Yoweri Museveni arrive at the inauguration of the Serena Hotel in Kampala, Uganda.
Photo credit: AKDN/Gary Otte

countryside. When that happens, a new East African travel circuit will be completed -- featuring world class, state-of-the-art facilities, comprising a unique array of inspiring attractions, and offering a holiday experience second-to-none.”

The Serena Kampala Hotel is part of a broad development program in Uganda that includes healthcare; primary, secondary and tertiary education; training for professionals, including nurses and doctors, infrastructure projects that include hydroelectricity and rural electrification, and other private sector initiatives that include the fabrication of fish nets for Lake Victoria’s fishermen, the manufacture of essential pharmaceuticals and the operation of important media outlets.

In announcing the Kamapla Serena decision, IIPT Founder and President said, “The Serena Group of Hotels provides an exemplary model of the potential for the tourism and hospitality industry to serve a “higher purpose” as IIPT has advocated since its founding in 1986. We look forward to working with the highly professional management and staff of the Kampala Serena in making this the best IIPT African Conference to date.”

For more information please visit: www.SerenaHotels.com

4th IIPT African Conference Call for Proposals

IIPT is interested in receiving proposals for the presentation of case studies of “Success Stories” and “Models of Best Practice” for the 4th IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism to be held in Kampala, Uganda – May 20 to 25, 2007.

Submissions are invited from Project Directors, Professionals, and Practitioners in the fields of: Travel and Tourism; Culture; Sport; Parks and Wildlife Management; Environmental Conservation; Sustainable Development; Peace and Conflict Resolution; Cross-Cultural Communication; Human Rights; Youth Empowerment; and the Media.

Theme of the conference is:
                          Building Strategic Alliances for Sustainable Tourism Development,
                                   Peace and Reconciliation on the African Continent.

Conference Goals are to:

  1. Further Public and Government awareness of the central role of tourism in sustainable wealth creation, cultural enrichment, and preservation of biodiversity on the African Continent;

  2. Enhance international public appreciation of Africa’s positive attributes including its rich mosaic of peoples, cultures, and biodiversity;

  3. Identify and develop strategies for expanding market opportunities in Asia, Europe, North America, and domestic markets, and continue building ‘Bridges of Tourism, Friendship and Collaboration';

  4. Encourage and facilitate collaborative public – private sector – donor – NGO and civil society strategies for new product development; and

  5. Foster initiatives that contribute to reconciliation, peace and sustainable wealth creation in regions that have experienced conflict.


Examples of topics to be discussed on conference program:

  • Tourism Contribution to Poverty Reduction

  • Indigenous Tourism

  • Healing the Wounds of Conflict

  • Community Capacity Building

  • Community Based Tourism

  • Cultural and Heritage Tourism

  • Micro-Enterprise and SME Tourism Development

  • Private Sector Models

  • Innovations in Destination Marketing

  • Building Bridges of Tourism, Friendship   and Collaboration

  • Models of Sustainable Tourism

  • Tourism and Environment/Wildlife

  • National Parks and Protected Areas

  • Volunteer and Philanthropic Tourism

  • Sports for Peace and Development

  • Youth Travel and Empowerment

  • Education and Training

  • Role of the Media in Peace and Development

  • Role of the Arts in Peace and Development

  • Accessible Travel for All

  • Public-Private Partnerships and Alliances

  • Sustainable Funding of Innovative Projects

As well, we encourage innovative proposals in other areas.

Speakers will be allotted approximately 15 - 20 minutes for their presentation as well as time at the end of each session for questions and discussion.  

For complete details on the Call for Proposals, please click here to visit our website or download PDF.

Proposal Submissions:  Please include: 1) Presenter’s name, affiliation, and contact information
including e-mail, telephone, fax, postal address and website; 2) Title and Keywords of Paper/Presentation
/Poster/Panel/Workshop; and 3) Brief Description of topic.

Presenters of ‘Success Stories’ and ‘Models of Best Practice’ are encouraged to include in their presentation challenges faced and actions implemented. In submitting an abstract, at least one of the authors agrees to attend the 4th IIPT African Conference, if accepted.


An abstract of no more than 2 pages must be received by 17 February 2007.
Submit your abstract, preferably in MS Word format, via email to: africa@iipt.org Notification of Acceptance will be provided no later than February 26, 2007.

 Show Your Support with One Earth One Family
IIPT Plaques and Gift Cards


Created exclusively for IIPT, both items display the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler and Art Piece by R. Padre Johnson. 

The Credo of the Peaceful Traveler puts forth an ethical travel philosophy for travelers to abide by. The IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler was the inspiration of a very special person at the IIPT First Global Conference: Tourism - A Vital Force for Peace, Vancouver 1988. We have respected the author's request to remain annonymous. The IIPT Credo has since spread across the travel and tourism industry worldwide.

One Earth One Family Plaques & Gift Cards

The One Earth One Family art piece
by R. Padre Johnson provides a view of our incredible earth from outer space, surrounded by the open faces of 25 children and adults from different cultures. Each portrait represents an important visual statement about the unique and interesting facial difference in each individual, the culture and ethnicity each represents, and the limitless threads of common humanity that draws all citizens of our planet more closely together as one inter-dependent family.

These items will remind all who see or receive them of what a privilege it is to travel freely throughout the world and the opportunity they have as they travel to be ambassadors of international understanding, good will and peace. These items will be admired and appreciated by everyone who sees them in your office, place of business or home.

Costs are $200 (US) plus shipping for an Acrylic Plaque, and $15 (US) plus shipping for a Gift Card pack of 10 Cards and Envelopes.  To order online or by fax/mail, please visit our website: http://www.iipt.org/plaque.htm

International Institute for Peace Through Tourism
685 Cottage Club Road, Unit 13, Stowe, VT 05672
Tel: +1 802 253 2658 • Fax: +1 802 253 2645

About IIPT

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering travel and tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and poverty reduction; and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world.  It is founded on a vision of the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism – becoming the world’s first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”

For more information:
IIPT Website: www.iipt.org
Tel: (802) 253-2658
Fax: (802) 253-2645
Email: info@iipt.org

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