Workshops Set Stage for
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 –
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.
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 the world as a global model of responsible tourism destinations.”
Famagusta Ghost Towns
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.”
As well, domestic tourism was emphasized:
Collaboration Among CSO’s Increasing
Current “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.
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.
IIPT Launches World Peace Tours to Iran:
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.
In 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 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 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.”
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.”
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.
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.
Live Discussion on Tourism May 11-15:
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:
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:
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.
The Peace Through Commerce® eConference
Clothing and Food Needed for Sri Lanka
The Buddhist Viharaya Temple in Garner, North Carolina is collecting food and clothing for persons who have been made homeless in Sri Lanka as a result of the war.
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
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.”