2008 Issue


IIPT began promoting the concept of Peace through Tourism since its founding in 1986 – but the idea of “Peace through Tourism” likely had its beginning nearly 100 years ago in 1909.  It was in that year Richard Schirrmann, a German school teacher set out to introduce his students to the country side, the wonders of nature, and the culture of cities. "Each forest, each plain, each flower, each mountain, each village and each town,” he taught his students “is a separate page of your homeland. It is necessary to familiarize yourself with these pages through experiences rather than reading about them.”
“But also travel beyond the borders of your country,” he encouraged - “seek out people of other lands and appreciate those who have different languages and backgrounds. For doing this, neighbors and friends, build hence the youth hostels and open them for all the youth of the world as the home of peace and for the good of humanity.”
Mr. Schirmann’s philosophy was to provide young people of all countries with suitable meeting places throughout the world where they could meet, exchange ideas, and get to know each other - thereby building bridges of peace from nation to nation.

The more than 90 youth hostel associations – in over 80 countries – operating more than 4,000 hostels – exist today as a result of this vision – each providing opportunities to encounter people of different cultures, and serving society as a vital resource in building mutual understanding, respect, trust, and a more peaceful world.

With this issue, IIPT showcases 12 of its 40 “Partners for Peace through Tourism” – each of whom is contributing in their own way to “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism” – Peace within ourselves – Peace with others – and Peace with Nature. 

Additional IIPT Partners will be featured in future newsletters.

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 In 1984, Global Volunteers laid the foundation for what became known a decade later as volunteer vacations: short-term service opportunities or community development programs in host communities abroad. Today, as a nongovernmental organization in special consultative status with the United Nations, Global Volunteers mobilizes some 150 service-learning teams year-round to work in twenty countries on six continents, and is the internationally recognized leader in this field. Volunteers are able to live and work with local people on life-affirming community development projects for one, two, or three weeks or to choose extended stay options for up to forty weeks in “waging peace” to make a lasting difference. Volunteers teach conversational English, provide health care services, care for vulnerable children, and paint, build, and repair community buildings.  http://www.globalvolunteers.org

Airline Ambassadors International
Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) provides humanitarian aid to children and families in need, as well as relief and development to underprivileged communities worldwide. It escorts children in transit, involves youth in humanitarian efforts around the world, and hand-delivers humanitarian aid to orphanages, clinics, and remote communities. AAI’s 6,000 members include airline personnel, health professionals, business executives, housewives, teachers, and students. In sharing their unique skills and talents to care for others, they bring compassion into action through their fundamental selflessness, generosity, and compassion. 


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Ambassadors for Children

Ambassadors for Children (AFC) is another inspired example of volunteer travel, dedicated to serving children around the world through short-term humanitarian service trips and community projects. AFC makes a significant impact on world peace and understanding through face-to-face cultural exchanges and hands-on interaction with children in need, balanced by opportunities for immersion in the native cultures of the communities served. AFC’s initiatives include developing small businesses to aid poor families in Belize and El Salvador; building a school in Uganda; supporting orphanages and street kids in Mexico and Kenya; implementing conflict resolution modules in Jamaican and South African schools; building and supporting an orphanage in India; providing books and financial support for children’s libraries in Nepal, Native American reservations, Guatemala, and Jordan; and supplying medical equipment to Serbia, El Salvador, Malawi, and Jordan.  http://www.ambassadorsforchildren.org/www2/

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Educational Travel Community  
The Educational Travel Community is a community of leaders worldwide, dedicated to advancing experiential learning through travel. ETC serves the travel community, its members and their institutions and organizations, in education, training and networking priorities. Educational travel facilitates deeper, more enduring connections between travelers and the communities they visit through strong interpretation, experiential programming, and meaningful engagement.   http://www.travelearning.com/

Global Sport Partners   
Global Sports Partners is dedicated to development of sports in 40 nations, including North Africa, Middle East, and North Korea. Global Sports Partners strive to develop sports to the highest level, enhancing both personal experience and promoting community development. The organization is specifically engaged in helping women to obtain their objectives in the realm of sports. Activities cover a broad range of sport disciplines, including sports medicine, massage therapy, and sports psychology. 

Hostelling International USA
Hostelling International USA (registered as American Youth Hostels, Inc.) was founded in 1934 to promote international understanding of the world and its people through hostelling. HI-USA operates a network of nearly 80 quality hostel accommodations throughout the United States that are inexpensive, safe and clean. HI-USA, in cooperation with other national associations worldwide known as Hostelling International offers more than 4,000 hostels in over 80 countries. http://www.hiusa.org/

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)

Founded in 1918, IAAPA is the largest international trade association for permanently situated amusement facilities worldwide. The organization represents more than 4,500 facility, supplier, and individual members from more than 90 countries. IAAPA members seek to conduct their business on the highest plane of integrity so that all individual establishments will occupy places of honor in their communities and their industry may be respected in the world at large. In addition to the many charitable contributions made annually by member parks to the local communities they serve, IAAPA’s support of the Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida, USA, is very important to the children with life-threatening illnesses who visit this special place. When a child and family arrive at the Village, they have already faced the many challenges of a world filled with hospitals, doctors, and medical treatment. For six magical days, those worries are forgotten, as they visit the Central Florida attractions and stay at the Village, all for free.

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Reed Travel Exhibitions

Reed Travel Exhibitions organizes the world's leading travel industry events for travel industry professionals. Its premier travel trade event is World Travel Market staged annually in London is the world’s most prestigious travel trade event providing a unique opportunity for all sectors of the global travel industry to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business.

World Responsible Tourism Day, a yearly feature at WTM, is a powerful and unifying forceto helpsave the planet and to help local people throughout the world by providing them with shelter, jobs, clean water, food and education; protect them from exploitation, corruption and deceit; and offer them the right to a decent and dignified standard of living where the next generation can flourish.  

Just a Drop is a global charity founded by members of the international travel industry that aims to provide clean water and sanitation where they are most badly needed. Whether you work in the industry or simply enjoy its benefits as a traveller or holidaymaker, please take a few minutes to find out what we do and how you can get involved. Help us bring hope. Sometimes Just a Drop is all it takes.

Without clean water, life is an endless struggle.
With it, almost anything is possible


San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau

The mission of the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau is to strengthen the San Francisco and Bay Area  economy by marketing the city as a destination for meetings, conventions, trade shows and leisure travelers.  In 2006, San Francisco hosted

15.8 million visitors who spent $7.8 billion during their stay - more than $21 million a day. Visitor dollars supported some 70,000 jobs in the hospitality and tourism industries or  $1.8 billion in local payroll (excluding tips). As well, visitors generated more than $473 million in taxes and fees that support the City's general budget, health and safety, arts and cultural organizations, recreational facilities and low-income housing. http://www.onlyinsanfrancisco.com/

 Skål International
2007 was the 75th Anniversary of Skål International. It was in 1932 that a group of travel professionals from Paris received a warm welcome from their hosts in Stockholm and the idea of international goodwill and friendship that results from travel was
born.  It was in 1932 that a group of travel professionals from Paris received a warm welcome from their hosts in Stockholm and the idea of international goodwill and friendship that results from travel was born. Skål International has since grown to become the world’s largest organization of travel professionals embracing all sectors of the travel and tourism industry with 22,000 members in 90 developed, developing and least developed countries with 500 clubs world-wide. Skål International was an ideal platform for their 2007 theme:  “Sustainable Development through Tourism” which in the words of Skal's President Madam Litsa Papathanasi “Can be a powerful tool for economic growth, poverty reduction, and the conservation of natural and cultural resources” and that “we owe it to our industry, to our children and grandchildren – and to planet earth on which we are all travelers passing through.”  http://www.skal.org/
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Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH)

The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH) has actively represented travelers with disabilities since 1976. SATH's mission is to promote awareness, respect and accessibility for mature travelers and travelers with disabilities and to educate the travel, tourism and hospitality industry on becoming more accessible for persons with disabilities. SATH works vigorously for the creation of a barrier-free environment (architectural and attitudinal) throughout all segments of the travel and tourism industry, in the United States and abroad. The Society's efforts bore fruit in the access section of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and in the Air Carriers Access Act.


Society of American Travel Writers

Now in its 50th year, the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) promotes responsible journalism, encourages the conservation and preservation of travel resources worldwide, and provides professional support and development for its more than 1300 members. Believing that travel is a bridge between peoples, SATW works to guard the right of freedom to travel, and to make and keep travel a quality experience for everyone. Its Peace Through Tourism Committee (Team Peace) believes tourism can be a powerful force for peace. It has been studying Peace through Tourism issues while sharing resources and information and working to educate--and enlist the support of the entire SATW membership. Various Team Peace members are currently developing Peace Through Tourism guidelines for writers; contacting academics who might speak or lead workshops at SATW meetings; contributing material through it website, researching other prospective organizational partnerships, and encouraging travelers everywhere to become “Ambassadors for Peace.” 


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World Association of Airline Clubs  (WACA)

The objective of the World Airlines Club Association is to promote and encourage friendship, good fellowship and mutual understanding among people of the world, no matter what social standing, race or religion. WACA members support UNICEF by collecting coins on flights, acting as volunteers for the Special Olympics and contributing towards 

expenses of airfares, collecting and distributing toys and educational material for orphanages, and through their “Wraps with Love” program have provided blankets to people in need.  More than 50 000 have been sent so far to needy countries after floods, fires or natural disasters. http://www.waca.org/

 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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