2008 Issue


IIPT was honored to lead a Fam Trip to Oman and Qatar in January graciously hosted by the Oman Ministry of Tourism together with Qatar Airways. Organized in partnership with the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), the fam trip brought industry leaders and media persons to these two new exciting destinations with the aim of promoting increased travel from North America.

Fam Trip participants with our hosts: Oman Ministry of Tourism: Salim Bin AdeyAl-Mamari, Director General, Tourism Promotion; and members of Qatar's Executive team: Ali Abdul Khaliq Ibrahim, Regional Manager – Arabian Peninsula; Theresa Xavier, District Sales Manager; R. Bharathan, Area Manager – Oman; Omar Mohd Salem Mater, Airport Services Manager.

Oman highlights included a city tour of Muscat and visits to the Grand Palace; the inspiring Grand Mosque; Bait Al Zubarr museum where we were able to gain an appreciation of Oman’s illustrious history, culture and traditions; an evening at the Muscat Festival; and a safari into the mountains on the Northern Coast.

     Grand Mosque – Oman                                                   Muscat Festival           

Qatar highlights included a city tour of Doha;  the Equestrian Club with its exquisite Arabian horses; Fruit and Vegetable Market; the Corniche and Dhow Harbour; Old Market; and Falcon Shops.  A safari into the desert with a memorable roller coaster ride over the sand dunes followed by a traditional barbeque dinner rounded out our stay in Qatar.

                  Old Market – Doha                                                     Desert Safari – Qatar                  

We were honored to be hosted by the Executive Team of Qatar Airways and the Oman Ministry of Tourism for a memorable luncheon at one of the Gulf’s foremost restaurants following a presentation of Qatar Airway’s bold expansion plans that include a new airport and rapid fleet expansion with state of the art aircraft.

We also experienced the warmth and generous hospitality of several hotels during our trip: Shangri La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa, The Grand Hyatt, Golden Tulip, and Chedi in Oman; the Doha Marriott, Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton and Grand Regency in Qatar.

Most of all, we were impressed with the warm, genuine friendliness and hospitality of the people of Oman and Qatar such as we experienced when we stopped at a local bee keeper where we were invited to have tea and honey with the owner – a descendant of several generations of beekeepers at this very site.

We anticipate the fam trip will result in generating tours and travelers to both Oman and Qatar as well as the 1st IIPT Gulf Regional Conference in 2009.

                              Doha Skyline                                             Sunset following Mountain Safari – Oman           
The Fam Trip was organized and facilitated by IIPT Board Member Don King, President, King’s Travel with coordinating assistance from Karen Hoffman, Senior Vice President, Bradford Group; and Kathy Sudeikis, Immediate Past President, ASTA and President, All About Travel. Other participants in the fam trip included Lynne King; Thomas Steinmetz, Publisher, eTurbo News; Phil Otterson, President, American Tourism Society and Executive Vice-President, Tauck World Discovery Tours; and Louis D’Amore, IIPT Founder and President.

A warm welcome from staff of the Doha Marriott with General Manager Saeid Heidari, center and
Director of Operations, John Louie on the far right.

IIPT and ASTA would like to express their sincere appreciation to H.E. Dr. Rajiha bint Abudulameer, Minister of Tourism and Salim Bin AdeyAl-Mamari, Director General, Tourism Promotion, Oman Ministry of Tourism and Mr. Eric P. Pechstein, Vice President – North America, and Ali Abdul Khaliq Ibrahim, Regional Manager – Arabian Peninsula, Qatar Airways for their kind hospitality and generous support in hosting the Fam Trip.

We particularly commend Oman for its strategic approach to tourism based on sharing their rich cultural heritage.

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 1st IIPT International Community Tourism Retreat

June 20 – 24 2008

 “Tourism Entrepreneurship –Sustaining and Transforming Communities”
The 1st IIPT International Community Tourism Retreat will be held from June 20-24, 2008 in Kingston, Jamaica at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in association with the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA), the Ministry of Tourism, the Jamaica Tourist Board, and Countrystyle Community Tourism Network.

Theme for the Retreat is “Tourism Entrepreneurship – Sustaining and Transforming Communities.” 

Participants will include Communities, Community Based Organizations, Non-Government Organizations, Public Sector, Private Sector, special interest organizations, educational groups and international community tour operators and travel agents.

The Retreat will also include a Trade Show, special community tours and the hosting of delegates in communities.

IIPT Caribbean President & Co-coordinator of the IIPT Community Tourism Network, Diana McIntyre-Pike said, “this Community Tourism Retreat will sensitize everyone to the business of community tourism and give us an opportunity to present Jamaica’s two year community tourism entrepreneurship programme, the Ministry of Tourism’s Spruce up Programme to community representatives here and  internationally and allow them to interact with established community tourism entrepreneurs.”

Community Tourism encourages the visitor to discover the appeal of indigenous attributes within a community, along with their local resources and talents. Through visitor-community interaction, respective cultures are explored, ideas and information are exchanged and new friends are made. Community Tourism fosters opportunities at the community level for local people to participate more fully in the tourism industry. These opportunities range from establishing bed and breakfast accommodation in a rural home to creating income-generating commercial tourism opportunities for an entire village.

Individuals or communities who wish to be involved in the IIPT Community Tourism Retreat and potential sponsors may contact : IIPT Community Tourism Secretariat : consec@cct-jamaica.com Danielle Cunningham Retreat Co-ordinator, Tel.: 876-371-1490.
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COUNTRYSTYLE Community Tourism Network

Selected by
Islands Magazine for Inaugural Blue List
IIPT Caribbean partner, Countrystyle Community Tourism Network has been selected by Islands Magazine as one of the organizations to be featured in their inaugural Blue List.

The letter from Ty Sawyer, Editorial Director of “ISLANDS Magazine” notifying Countrystyle of this prestigious recognition, stated:
Congratulations! The Staff, contributors and our expert panel of advisors here at ISLANDS looked to the four corners of the earth to find the best examples of responsible tourism for our inaugural Blue List. Countrystlye included because you have exceeded all expectations in this arena, and you impact your world in an ongoing, sustainable and positive manner. We are honoured to include you in this important list, and you should be proud of the achievement. It sets you apart with your vision and influence as both a local ambassador for all that makes this planet unique and singular and as a true citizen of the globe.  Please accept this certificate of your notable achievement.
Best regards,

Ty Sawyer
Editorial Director ISLANDS Magazine

The Blue List is featured in Islands Magazine December issue.

Countrystyle was formed to be a catalyst for sustainable community tourism development in Jamaica and the Caribbean, through the marketing of community experiences and attractions to the world; targeting specifically the nature-culture-adventure traveler and other special interests markets. Countrystyle Community Tours targets travelers who desire an authentic, diverse and meaningful experience in the destination, through a new level of relationship with the people.
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IIPT Again Proud Sponsor of TheTRADEShow

IIPT is proud to again be a sponsor of THETRADESHOW 2008 (Travel Retailing and Destination Expo) being held at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, September 7-9, 2008.

THETRADESHOW 2008 again provides a major opportunity for IIPT collaboration with ASTA and its partners in promoting travel throughout the world as a vital force for international understanding and peace.

Clearly, the mission of IIPT in “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism” has never been more important. The participation of IIPT and its members in THETRADESHOW 2008 will encourage other attendees to spread the word throughout the world that “Every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.” It is only through travel and people-to-people encounters that we can come to realize the full significance of our inter-connectedness and common future in an ever shrinking “Global Village.”

THETRADESHOW has more exhibitors, more consumers and more business opportunities than any other North American event. In just three days, it is possible to connect with thousands of travel sellers and suppliers from every segment of the industry — all in one convenient location.

THETRADESHOW, held last year in Las Vegas, brought together more than 5,200 persons from every segment of the industry. For three days, 3,836 attendees gathered at the Las Vegas Convention Center for one-on-one business appointments, travel seminars and exhibits. THETRADESHOW reported 2,405 travel buyers and 1,240 exhibitors having attended, as well as 413 exhibiting companies (58 percent of which were new to THETRADESHOW), 1,417 consumers and 191 media, non-exhibiting suppliers and guests.

While the THETRADESHOW offered agents the chance to meet and network with suppliers, it also offered suppliers an opportunity to present their products to agents in new and unique ways, such as The Presentation Pavilions, which hosted nearly 2,380 people over three days; educational classroom sessions, which were attended by more than 2,800 people (235 percent more people than last year) and product seminars, which were attended by more than 933 people, up by 155 percent from last year.

For more information on THETRADESHOW, call 1.866.870.9333 or visit www.THETRADESHOW.org  
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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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