First Africa Media Exchange to be Featured at
4th IIPT African Conference
International has agreed to partner with the International Institute for Peace
through Tourism to organize the first ever Africa Media Exchange (A-MEx) as part
of the 4th IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism, to be
held 20-25 May 2007 in Kampala, Uganda. The
Media Exchange will bring together notable journalists from Africa, Europe and
North America with the aim of creating increased media coverage and
international awareness of Africa’s rich mosaic of sustainable tourism
initiatives and products.
Mr. Lelei LeLaulu, President Counterpart International
which represents the greatest voluntary transfer of wealth in the
history of humankind, benefits communities which host tourists,” says
Lelei LeLaulu, President of Counterpart International. “Travelers to
Africa can make a huge difference in the quality of life of the people
and communities they visit. We look forward to collaborating with IIPT
in the organization of the First Africa Media Exchange.”
The first Africa Media Exchange builds on the success
of the Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) which began with the inspiration
of Counterpart International to improve the
quality of media coverage of sustainable tourism
Caribbean. Newspaper articles, radio
shows, television features, coral reef restoration initiatives,
public-private sector collaboration and other international partnerships
are some of the outcomes resulting from CMEx since it was launched in
Jamaica in October 2001.
Journalists are invited to contact
Ms. Karen Hoffman, Director, IIPT Public Relations to apply for media
credentials to the 4th IIPT African Conference – and
participation in the First African Media Exchange. Email:
International is active in several countries of Africa providing school feeding
programs, food security and sustainable agricultural programs, and programs
focused on improving the health of families and communities. Since its founding
in 1965, Counterpart International has been active with partners on five
continents providing options and access to tools for sustained social, economic
and environmental development. For further information, visit
Bermuda and Zambia
First Gold Sponsors of 4th IIPT African Conference
IIPT is proud to announce the first two Gold Sponsors of the 4th
IIPT African Conference – the Bermuda Department of Tourism, and
Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Republic of
Zambia. We are honored by the continued involvement and support by both
Bermuda and Zambia.
Hon. Kabinga Pande, Minister of
Hon. David Allen, the late Minister of
Dr. The Honorable Ewart
Brown, JP, MP, Premier of Bermuda
Publisher, eTurbo News
IIPT is also
proud to announce eTurbo News as a media sponsor of the conference.
Zambia was host of
the highly successful 3rd IIPT African Conference (2005)
which serves as a strong foundation for further successes in ‘Building a
Culture of Peace through Tourism’ on the African Continent. Hon.
Kabinga J. Pande,
Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources will head the Zambia
Delegation to the Conference – and will as well be a Keynote Speaker.
Pande is also immediate Past President
of the Africa Travel Association, and in that capacity
signed the PATA
– ATA MOU resulting from IIPT’s 3rd Global Summit in Pattaya,
Thailand, October 2005 and our goal of “Building an Asia – Africa Bridge
of Tourism, Friendship and Collaboration.” The 4th
IIPT African Conference will seek to continue these bridge building
We have been
honored to have the participation of Bermuda in IIPT conferences and
summits since the First Global Summit in Amman, Jordan (2000) where Hon.
David H. Allen was a keynote speaker. Hon. Allen was inspired during the
Summit to conceive the Africa Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT). His first
full public presentation of the ADHT was made a year later at the First
IIPT African Conference in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.
The ADHT is now evolving into a global force
for international understanding and healing, and a vibrant contribution
to the world stage of history, culture and contemporary affairs.
In the words of Hon. David H. Allen, The aim of the Africa Diaspora
Heritage Trail is to “Identify, conserve, and promote historic sites
linked with the development and progress of people of African descent.”
He went on to say, “The transatlantic slave trade transported more than
four million Africans to North America and the Caribbean over a span of
nearly four centuries. As such, the African Diaspora left an indelible
mark behind that links nations together with a common historical and
cultural bond. It is time that we explore these bonds and create a trail
that examines our shared history.”
Allen was posthumously awarded the IIPT Achievement Award at our Second
Global Summit in Geneva (2003).
Premier Dr. the Hon. Ewart F. Brown, J.P., M.P. courageously re-ignited
the torch in 2004 and fully re-committed the Bermuda Government to Hon.
David H. Allen’s vision of an African Diaspora Heritage.
eTurbo News and its publisher, Thomas Steinmetz, have been a strong
supporter of IIPT and its mission since eTurbo’s founding in 2001.
eTurbo News has collaborated with IIPT in promoting and reporting on
each of our Conferences and Summits since that time, and Thomas has
personally participated in several of our events.
Theme of the conference is:
Building Strategic Alliances for Sustainable Tourism Development,
Reconciliation on the African Continent.
Conference Goals are to:
Further Public and
Government awareness of the central role of tourism in sustainable wealth
creation, cultural enrichment, and preservation of biodiversity on the
international public appreciation of Africa’s positive attributes including
its rich mosaic of peoples, cultures, and biodiversity;
Identify and develop
strategies for expanding market opportunities in Asia, Europe, North
America, and domestic markets,
building the ‘Asia – Africa Bridge of Tourism, Friendship and
facilitate collaborative public – private sector – donor – NGO and civil
society strategies for new product development; and
that contribute to reconciliation, peace and sustainable wealth creation in
regions that have experienced conflict.
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.
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
topics to be discussed on conference program:
Contribution to Poverty Reduction
the Wounds of Conflict
and Heritage Tourism
Micro-Enterprise and SME Tourism Development
Innovations in Destination Marketing
Bridges of Tourism, Friendship and Collaboration
Parks and Protected Areas
and Philanthropic Tourism
for Peace and Development
Travel and Empowerment
of the Media in Peace and Development
of the Arts in Peace and Development
Travel for All
Public-Private Partnerships and Alliances
Sustainable Funding of Innovative Projects
As well, we encourage innovative proposals in other areas.
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
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: email@example.com
Notification of Acceptance will be provided no later than February 26, 2007.
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.
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
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:
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
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:
Tel: (802) 253-2658
Fax: (802) 253-2645
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