2009 Issue

IIPT - Cyprus Prepartory Workshop

Workshops Set Stage for
IIPT Island Wide Cyprus Conference

A series of workshops conducted by IIPT April 6, 9 and 10 have set the stage for an IIPT Island Wide Conference to be held in Cyprus later this year. Tentative theme of the conference is:  

The Cyprus Opportunity: Tourism, Culture, and Sport –
Pathway to Reconciliation and Sustainable Socio-Economic Development        

The aim of the Conference will be to develop initiatives that harness tourism, culture, sport and collaboration in other areas such as the arts, environment, health, etc. in promoting bi-communal understanding and collaboration towards sustainable cultural and socio-economic development throughout Cyprus.

Participation by more than 40 NGO’s
More than 40 prominent Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot organizations participated in the workshops which were held at the Goethe Institute in the Cyprus Green Zone. Participants included representatives of the main travel and tourism industry associations of the Island – both Greek and Turkish Cypriot, and NGO’s from the fields of health, education, environment, culture and the arts, sport, antiquities, finance, and other related fields.

Mr. Menelaos Kouzoupis, representing the Cyprus Veterans Association of WW II, provided an important historical perspective to frame the positive dialogue that took place during the three days of Workshops.

Greek and Turkish Cypriots fought and died together in France, Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Cyprus during World War II. They fought together towards a common goal of freedom.

Some 2500 were taken prisoner together – many escaping together; and many more Greek and Turkish Cypriots were buried together in 56 cemeteries in 16 countries. War destroys everything Cyprus - Girl-  peace is what creates progress and brings benefits. So we must work for it – and towards acommon goal for a better life for all Cypriots.”

Participants spoke of a “dream for a united Cyprus that will benefit both sides of this Island of love and beauty - to make a better world for us, for our children and for future generations.” They spoke of  a vision for a “a united  strategy and policies for responsible and sustainable tourism as a whole that benefits all of Cyprus.”

Also expressed was a personal dream that the “Famagusta ghost towns of Varosi/Maras can be given back to Famagusta Ghost Townsthe world as a global model of responsible tourism destinations.”

Future Directions
Workshop participants were generally in agreement that there should be a reduced dependence on mass tourism and that other forms of tourism, particularly “Special Interest” tourism should be developed and promoted. There was also emphasis on “responsible tourism” and the importance of “thinking ecologically.”

Famagusta Ghost Towns

“We need to look ahead to our future – towards a better Cyprus -  towards a united Cyprus - Cyprus 1Creating a future the way we would like it to be as Cypriots.”

“We have a World Heritage – it belongs to the World”

There was also a general consensus that:

Tourism can serve as an intersection for peace and a tool for sustainable economic development with responsible use of the environment.”

Cyprus 4“There is a big opportunity for Cyprus as a whole, offering two different cultures  and open to packages that promote Cyprus as one destination.”

As well, domestic tourism was emphasized:

Cypriots visiting both sides – Cultural Tourism for Cypriots. Particularly creating opportunities for young people to see their country.”

And an idea to “Develop a virtual museum for all of Cyprus”

Collaboration Among CSO’s Increasing
UNDPCyprus is currently benefitting from an increase in collaboration among civil society organizations (CSO’s) which number more than 400 including both Greek and Turkish Cypriot CSO’s. Collaboration will be enhanced as a result of the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Cyprus NGO Network of Turkish Cypriot NGOs and the Cyprus NGDO Platform "The Development" made up of Greek Cypriot NGOs which has resulted in the formation of the Cyprus Island-wide NGO Development Platform (CYINDEP).

Cyprus WorkshopCurrent “Island-Wide” initiatives include the UNDP Engage Project that provides a small grant scheme for networks of Greek and Turkish Cypriot Organizations interested in carrying out bi-communal projects; a pioneering eco-village project at Buyuk Konuk/Fomikefir being implemented by The Management Centre of the Mediterranean; the restoration of traditional villages by The Laona Foundation;  and the “Landscape Map Project” of Cyprus that provides a holistic landscape assessment of Cyprus.
Bi-Communal Workshop

Laona Foundation

Laona Foundation Restoration Project

Cyprus Kids in World Harmony Run

Cyprus Children in World Harmony Run

As well, Peace Players International and Global Sports Partners are providing skill development in various sports, and through their various programs, teaching life skills to young people through sports together with team-building, and values of friendship – peace – and giving back to society. Terra Cypria is bringing young people together to talk about the environment research process; Girne University is educating tourism professionals to be “Ambassadors for Peace; and several island-wide projects are being implemented by the NGO Support Center.

Peace Prayers
'Skill Development and Learning Life Skills through Sport'

Sponsors Invited
IIPT is currently seeking sponsors interested in supporting the Island Wide Conference tentatively scheduled for mid-October, 2009. Private sector companies, donor agencies, foundations, and others interested in supporting this important initiative are invited to contact IIPT founder and president Louis D’Amore, Email:; Tel:  + 802 253.8671; fax: +802 253.2645.

IIPT - IRAN Persian Journey 2009 Tours

IIPT Launches World Peace Tours to Iran:
Building Bridges of Culture and Understanding

The International Institute of Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is taking steps to build bridges of culture and mutual understanding between the peoples of Iran and the United States by offering Americans opportunities to visit this ancient civilization and learn first-hand about its nine thousand year history, rich culture, and welcoming spirit of its people.

Louis D'AmoreIn announcing the tours, IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore stated, “IIPT is pleased to launch its Persian Journey tours. We recognize Iran’s historical significance as a civilization  – and the importance of building bridges of understanding between our cultures.

The Iran tours have been crafted to reinforce IIPT’s dedication to “making Travel and Tourism the world’s first Global Peace Industry” and the belief “that every traveler is potentially an ‘Ambassador for Peace.’ The tours will exemplify IIPT’s ideals and values as expressed in the ‘IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler.’

The Persian Journey tours are being organized with the cooperation and assistance of the American Society of Travel Agents. All ASTA agents will receive commissions from the sale of the tours.

Two 11-day tours will depart in Fall 2009 hosted by the IIPT’s World Peace Travel program as part of its continuing efforts in “promoting a culture of peace through tourism”.  IIPT believes visitors to Iran will find the country rich in history, vibrant in culture, and warm in hospitality with Iranians eager to meet and welcome them to Iran.

Donald KingDonald King, IIPT Ambassador at Large, has led several previous trips to Iran and firmly believes, “There is no warmer welcome for Americans anywhere than in Iran.”


Iran Masha PedramiIran Shirza MosqueIran Isfahan

IIPT’s Iran Tours: A Persian Journey

IIPT’s first tour to Iran is scheduled for Sept 22-Oct 2, 2009 and will be led by Louis D’Amore, IIPT Founder and President, who has recently visited Iran at the invitation of the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism.  The second tour is scheduled for October 6-16, 2009 and will be led by Donald King, IIPT’s Ambassador at Large, who has said “A tour of Iran offers an American the opportunity to experience a richness of culture and history that is unsurpassed.”

Iran Bridge

Both tours have identical itineraries and will take in the splendor of Iran’s ancient and modern civilization showcased at its three main cities: Tehran, Shiraz and Isfahan.  The tours will visit the treasure trove of museums in Tehran, magnificent ruins of Persepolis and grandeurs of the old city of Isfahan.  The spectacular sightseeing will also be complimented by off the beaten track excursions such as an evening visiting nomads, sipping tea along the bridges overlooking the scenic Zayandeh River or exploring the myriad of bustling bazaars.  

For more information on IIPT’s Persian Journey, please click here.

Iran GirlIran BazaarIran Mountains

IIPT - Peace Through Commerce Conference

Tourism a Major Focus of Peace through Commerce eConference

The Peace through Commerce eConference hosted by the World Bank Institute (WBI) and the Institute for Corporate Responsibility (ICR) of George Washington University is now into its seventh week with some 800 persons participating from countries around the world.

Tim FortDr. Tim Fort, Executive Director of ICR is to be congratulated for his efforts in the realization of this initiative which is based on the November Peace through Commerce Conference hosted by ICR this past November together with several co-sponsors including IIPT. Video clips from the conference, together with the formal papers soon to be published, are accessible by registering for the eConference and taking part in the ‘live discussions’ of the week – currently week 7 – or by clicking on any of the nine sessions indicated below.

Live Discussion on Tourism May 11-15:
Participants welcome Week 8 will be dedicated to tourism and will be moderated by IIPT’s founder and president, Louis D’Amore. Live discussion will be open from 11 to 15 May. New participants are welcome. Mr. D'Amore will be joined by Dr. Don Hawkins, Professor of Tourism Policy, George Washington University Department of Tourism Studies; Andreas Cahn, Director of Organizational Development, Special Olympics; Dr. Ginger Smith, Chair and Professor, Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management, New York University; and Stuart Levy, Assistant Professor, George Washington University, Department of Tourism Studies.

Louis D'Amore
Louis D'Amore

Don Hawkins
Don Hawkins
Andrea Cahn
Andrea Cahn
Ginger Smith
Ginger Smith
Stuart Levy
Stuart Levy

Tourism has also received considerable focus in the discussions to date including this week’s discussion on Theme 6, “Doing Business in Conflict Zones” with questions raised regarding:

How to improve the image of a country that has recently experienced conflict and to “brand” it as a vacation/tourist destination?

How to overcome the negative influence of travel advisories?

How to deal with the lack of adequate transportation to and within the area – and the general lack of infrastructure?

Dialogue in the earlier weeks of the conference have emphasized the central role of tourism as a ‘Peace Industry.’ The following comments from Week 3 capture the spirit of the input received:

“Louis D’Amore’s discussion of Peace through Tourism shines light on how tourism is a valuable medium. The Peace through Tourism initiative almost seems to bring the concept of Peace to its basic level. To formally and sustainably    engage in the exploration of other cultures and gain a better understanding of the way other people live and think.”

“Tourism is a perfect way to expose people to other cultures, and through this exposure I am confident that people will learn that we are all very similar in many ways.”

We invite you to join the eConference live for the remaining three weeks – and to go back to the earlier presentations and dialogue that you might have missed. You are welcome to pose questions to the presenters, but please bear in mind that a presenter may be online just a few times during the week. So it will help the conversation to raise questions or make comments pertinent to the entire audience rather than to the one presenter.

The first three weeks of the program are more practioner-based whereas the last six weeks dive into more academic research.

For more information on how to get the most out of the eConference, download the "eConference Guidance and Tips"Tim Fort. This tells you how to register, update your profile, and participate in the eConference. In particular, be sure to add a picture and some personal / professional information in your individual profile, as the profile is the unique tool to help "put a face" to members of the community, and to each contribution. If you have any questions, please contact the event team at

We hope you find these remaining weeks, as well as the previous weeks, stimulating and meaningful. Welcome aboard!


The Peace Through Commerce® eConference



Business can help foster sustainable peace.

This eConference will explore the contribution that responsible business and economic development can make towards building peace. Watch the video presentations and join the world-wide discussion with international experts.

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What do leading business and NGO leaders see as the contribution business can make to sustainable peace?


What are some of the current practices of involving business in peace efforts?


What thought leaders believe it will take to manifest peace through commerce.


New academic research on the relationships of economic development, freedom and peace.


New academic research on how managers balance corporate risk exposure and economic development in conflict-sensitive zones.


Specific flashpoint issues in doing business in zones of conflict and post-conflict areas.


Partnership approaches to advancing business’ contribution to peace – with NGOs and with employees.


Perspectives from an industry most vested in peace: the tourism industry.


Where do we go from here?

Videos and resources for the eConference are drawn from the November, 2008 conference "Peace Through Commerce: A Global Imperative to Catalyze Multi-sector Collaboration", which was sponsored by:


Clothing and Food Needed for Sri Lanka

The Buddhist Viharaya Temple in Garner, North Carolina is collecting food and clothing for persons who haveSri Lank 1 been made homeless in Sri Lanka as a result of the war.

They are beginning by collecting clothing (near new, washed and ironed or dry cleaned), food items- noodles, spaghetti, etc, sanitary napkins, toothbrushes and toothpaste. Donations can be received through mid-May and possibly longer.

Organizers of the clothing and food drive would appreciate very much, if donors could consider making financial contributions, since that will help them avoid high  freight  cost,cumbersome logistical arrangements and possible delays involved with regards to transporting material donations to Sri Lanka

Please write your check payable to 'NC Buddhist Temple' from where all funds received will be sent to the Buddhist priest, Rev Wajirapala Thero who is organizing the drive from Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka
The postal address to send your donation is:

Buddhist Viharaya Temple                                                                                  907 Northview Street                                                                   
Garner, NC  27529

Additional Information is available from Mallika Perez, Email: Tel. 919-636-0756 – Temple 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:
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Tel: (802) 253-2658
Fax: (802) 253-2645

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