2007 Issue

IIPT to be Featured in Debate at
World Travel Market

H.E. Senator Akel Biltaji
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Mr. Peter de Jong
PATA President and CEO

Robert Coggin
Vice Chairman, Travelport

Mr. Elhamy ElZayat, Chairman, Egyptian Tourism Federation and Chairman & CEO

Mr. Alwin Zecha, Executive Committee PATA, & Executive Chairman, Pacific Leisure Group


IIPT is proud to again bring a timely and important debate to World Travel Market featuring H.E. Senator Akel Biltaji, Special Advisor to H.M. King Abdullah II, Jordan as Moderator and Mr. Peter de Jong, PATA President and CEO, will frame the debate: “Building Bridges of Understanding Between Civilizations, Cultures and Religions: Does Tourism Have a Role?”

Three industry leaders taking part in the debate have the breadth of experience and knowledge to provide an over-arching global perspective to our theme: Mr. Robert Coggin, Vice Chairman, Travelport; Mr. Elhamy ElZayat, Chairman, Egyptian Tourism Federation and Chairman & CEO, Emeco Travel; and Mr. Alwin Zecha, Executive Committee PATA, and Executive Chairman, Pacific Leisure Group.

The debate will take place Opening Day, Monday, November 12, 2007, from
16.00 - 16.30, at the Conference Set, Platinum Suite 4, Level 3.

In announcing this year’s debate, IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore said: “Humanity is currently witnessing - and shaping the most significant paradigm shift in human history – a paradigm shift of major demographic, economic, ecological and geo-political dimensions. Integral to this paradigm shift are global challenges unprecedented in human history including global warming, depleting resources, an ever-increasing and unsustainable ecological footprint, global poverty, and HIV AIDS."

“To meet these challenges will similarly require collaboration on a global scale unprecedented in human history – and to achieve this level of global collaboration – it is essential that we first build the foundations of mutual understanding and respect between civilizations, cultures and religions. We are most honored to bring this vital debate on the role of travel and tourism in building these foundations to the global forum of World Travel Market.”

World Travel Market is the premier event of the travel and tourism industry. Staged annually in London, WTM provides a unique opportunity for the entire travel industry to meet, network, conduct business and stay abreast of the latest developments. A record breaking 46,945 travel industry professionals participated in WTM 2006 representing 202 countries and regions.

Building Bridges of Understanding between
Civilizations, Cultures and Religions:
Does Tourism Have a Role?

Monday, November 12, 2007
16:00 - 16:30, Platinum Suite 4 - Level 3, London

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Mayor Scarrow planting a tree
Mair Peace Park, Prince Albert, SK

Municipal staff at Re-dedication ceremony
Port Moody, BC

Mayor Sandler planting a tree
Biggar Peace Park, SK

Marine Peace Park
Salmon Arm, BC

‘Peace Parks Across Canada’
Commemorates 15th Anniversary

Cities and towns across Canada re-dedicated parks to peace at noon local time October 9th commemorating the 15th Anniversary of their original dedication as part of Canada 125 Celebrations in 1992.

Fifteen Years ago as Canada celebrated its 125th Birthday, some 400 cities and towns across Canada dedicated a Park to Peace – with most parks dedicated at Noon local time, October 8th, as the National Peacekeeping Monument was being unveiled in Ottawa. Each of the original Peace Parks incorporated a ‘Bosco Sacro’ (Peace Grove) of 12 trees as a symbolic link with one another, and with nature - and as a symbol of hope for the future. The 12 trees were also symbolic of Canada’s 10 Provinces and two Territories. As there are now three Territories, a 13th tree was planted as part of the “Re-dedication Ceremonies.”

In more than 25,000 creative grass roots initiatives, Canadians everywhere harnessed the occasion of Canada 125 in 1992 to express their enormous and completely justified pride for their nation - which that year was officially designated by the United Nation as the number one nation in the world to live in. The re-dedication of Canada’s Peace Parks served as a reminder of the common commitment of Canadians to peace and understanding at home and throughout the world.

“Peace Parks Across Canada” was conceived and implemented by IIPT and has served as the foundation in launching the “IIPT Global Peace Parks Program” on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, 2000 – the first year of the new Millennium - from Bethany Beyond the Jordan, site of Christ’s baptism.The Program continues as a living legacy of the 1st Global Summit on Peace through Tourism, November 8-11, 2000 hosted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. His Majesty King Abdullah II was Patron of the Summit which – like the Global Peace Park Program - was in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World.
The IIPT Global Peace Parks Program is being spearheaded by Richard Kuegeman of Atlanta, Georgia. Richard (Dick) Kuegeman. As Executive Director (pro bono) of the IIPT Global Peace Parks Program, Dick will strive to reach our goal of 2010 Peace Parks circling the earth by 2010, as a living legacy of the U.N. Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2000 – 2010).

Notable among the IIPT Peace Parks dedicated to date in addition to that at ‘Bethany beyond the Jordan” are IIPT Peace Parks at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii; the Dag Hammarkskjold Memorial Site, Ndola Zambia (site of UN Secretary Dag

Richard Kuegeman
IIPT Peace Parks Program

Hammarskjold’s plane crash while on a peace mission to the Congo in 1961); Waterton Glacier International Peace Park (the world’s first international peace park); Bagamoyo, Tanzania, (a UNESCO Heritage Site which served as a center of the slave trade for Eastern Africa); Victoria Falls, Zambia (one of the seven natural wonders of the world); Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; and Namugongo on the Uganda Martyr’s Trail, a World Heritage site.

The IIPT Global Peace Parks Program involves the travel Community, local business, service clubs, schools and the general public in promoting cultural understanding and a “Culture of Peace” in local neighborhoods, towns and cities throughout the world.

Cities and towns wishing to become part of the IIPT Global Peace Parks Program by dedicating a park to peace are invited to contact IIPT at: peaceparks@iipt.org.

Want to start a Peace Park in your community?
This practical ‘Tool Kit’ will help you get started
IIPT Global Peace Parks Program

Mair Peace Park
Prince Albert, SK

Cenotaph at Jubilee Peace Park
Grande Prairie, BC

Unity Peace Park
Richmond Hill, ON

Marine Peace Park
Salmon Arm, BC

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Peace Caravan Project Aims to
Promote International Cooperation on the Silk Road

As an artist, photographer, and the founder of a non-profit, Marla Mossman’s dream is to promote peace through international cooperation, cultural awareness, and educational outreach. Her endeavor, the Peace Caravan Project, is the journey of one woman from Jerusalem to China along the Silk Road, documenting places of historical and religious significance mentioned in the Bible, Torah, Koran, and Vedas.

The Peace Caravan Project will result in photographs illustrating the "Culture of Peace" in regions along the Silk Road. These will include images of children, women, and men engaged in traditional ways of life that promote cooperation, solidarity, hope, commitment to change and improvement of their lives as well as the lives of others, thereby reminding us that despite our differences we share similar love, hopes, and dreams.

Marla's vision is that through The Peace Caravan Project, a new way to peace will reveal itself by shedding light on the wonderful religious and cultural heritage of the people along the Silk Road - a way to peace based on the principles of cooperation, exchange of cultural values, shared environmental awareness, and the equality of all people including woman and children.

While on her journey, Marla will seek to leave a legacy of IIPT Peace Parks in each of the cities and towns along the way.

The Peace Caravan: Journey along the Silk Road begins the first leg from Istanbul, Turkey to Jerusalem, Israel in early November 2007 with estimated completion date mid-January 2008. The second leg of the journey from Central Asia to China is projected to start in early spring 2008.

Marla's website can be viewed at www.peacecaravan.com  for further details and a selected gallery of images. Marla Mossman can be contacted at marla@peacecaravan.com.


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IIPT President, Louis D'Amore presenting award to Dr. Tran Trong Kien, Founder and CEO of Buffalo Tours

Louis D'Amore talking about IIPT and
 introducing Dr. Trang

Klara Glowczewska, Conde Nast Editor in Chief, Dr. Trang
and Louis D'Amore

Condé Nast World Savers Awards Honor
Companies Making a Difference


With US $7 trillion in revenues expected this year, the travel industry is an economic engine with the power to change the world. Just imagine if every travel company decided to go green, to support local schools, and to invest in clean water, what a difference they could make.

In an effort to encourage the industry to expand social responsibility programs on a local and global scale, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized those who are already making a difference with the 2007 World Savers Awards Congress earlier this month in Gotham Hall, New York. Highlighted in the September 2007 issue, the World Savers Awards were given to hotels, tour operators, and destinations that have made a commitment to contribute to the local communities and preserve the environments around them. They help bring clean water, medicine, education, and jobs to impoverished people. They help maintain cultural and natural treasures. They protect the other species with whom we share this planet. Companies honored at this year’s awards included:
  • Chain Hotels & Resorts: Marriott
  • Small Hotels & Resorts: Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, Dominica
  • Destinations: Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
  • Tour Operators: Buffalo Tours, Southeast Asia
IIPT Founder and President Louis D'Amore was honored to present the Tour Operators Award to Tran Trong Kien, CEO of Buffalo Tours. Tran Trong Kien trained as a doctor before he launched Buffalo Tours to serve Vietnam's emerging tourism industry. But he didn't leave behind his concern for public health. Thirteen years later, his company—which brings 16,000 travelers to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos annually—has virtually adopted the 43 children of Hanoi's Binh Luc Orphanage, where it sponsors a nutritional program. Buffalo Tours also funds a rehab center for victims of Agent Orange, and hosts doctors who treat patients in the Mai Chau Valley, where the company has built wells and waste systems for ethnic-minority villages.

The World Savers Congress included keynote speakers like former UN Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Bill Drayton of Ashoka Foundation and CEOs of many of the major travel companies were in attendance including Marriott, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons, Fairmont, Crystal Cruises, Regent, and others.
More information on the Conde Nast World Savers Awards is available in the September issue of Conde Nast Traveler.

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IIPT Supports
WTM World Responsible Tourism Day

WTM World Responsible Tourism Day supported by the UNWTO on Wednesday 14th November 2007, is the first opportunity for travel and tourism to become one powerful and unifying force. A chance to make a real difference that will keep our beaches clean, preserve our stunning scenery, save wildlife and glory in our historic buildings and precious heritage.

There is a responsibility too to help local people wherever they might be, provide them with shelter, jobs, clean water, food and education. Protect them from exploitation, corruption and deceit.

Making the difference personally and corporately is what World Travel Market’s World Responsible Tourism Day (WTM WRTD) is all about.

The time has come when everyone in the international travel and tourism industry must come together to play a vital part in making a real difference to people's lives - and to improve the contribution of tourism to the future of our world. WTM's World Responsible Tourism Day is a signal to the world that responsible tourism must now be top of the agenda and follows in the successful path of WTO's World Tourism Day, now an established date in the UN calendar.

Participate in this international movement now by completing the questionnaire and telling us what you are doing. Click here.

WTM is seeking inspiring responsible tourism case histories to use on this dedicated website, already attracting millions of readers. The information may also be used within three dedicated WTM WRTD newsletters, distributed throughout the year to more travel and tourism industry professionals worldwide as well as potentially featured at WTM on the WTM World Responsible Tourism Day itself. WTM can also supply a link to use the WTM WRTD film to capture the imagination of your colleagues at meetings, presentations and conferences.

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 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.

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.

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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