2009 Issue

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IIPT Says Farewell to Janos Damon
Passionate Advocate of Tourism4Peace

IIPT joined with others throughout the Middle East and Europe in saying farewell to Janos Damon, a passionate advocate of Peace through Tourism – and Tourism4Peace.

Janos DamonJanos Damon was born in Hungary in 1928 spending his 13th and 14th years in the Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp. In 1950 Janos emigrated to Israel with $12.50. He started his career as an auditor at the Ramat – Aviv Hotel in Tel Aviv and soon became General Manager.

Janos was the founding father of the Israel Hotel Managers Association where he served as Chairman for 5 terms – and for many years thereafter as Executive Director.
Janos Damon

Sandy, Janos, and Louis D'AmoreIn learning of Janos’ passing, IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore said “Janos was a great inspiration for all who were fortunate to know him. As founder of Tourism 4 Peace – he carried forward the ideas and ideals of Peace through Tourism in the Middle East Region and wherever he had the opportunity to travel and share his vision and wisdom. His efforts served to strengthen dialogue and facilitate solutions to common obstacles faced by Palestinian, Israeli, Jordanian and Egyptian tourism professionals in advancing tourism to the region. Janos had a vision for a “New Era of Tourism to the Middle East” which he leaves as a living legacy for us all.”

“IIPT was most honored to have Janos as a Keynote Speaker and Special Guest at our recent 1st IIPT European Conference in Leeuwarden, Netherlands this past October. Janos again shared his wisdom, good humor and vision of Tourism 4 Peace to a very appreciative audience. His memory will remain with us.”

IIPT Australia Chapter President, and IIPT Chapter Coordinator, Daphne Lowe Kelley said, “Janos Damon was a great man of peace who I and others from Australia had the good fortune to meet at the IIPT Conference at Stenden University in Leeuwarden, Netherlands last year. On behalf of the IIPT Australia Chapter, and other IIPT Chapters and friends around the world, our deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. May his work with Tourism4Peace continue as a lasting legacy of what Janos started and worked so hard for.”

Our friend and colleague, Sandy Dhuyvetter, paid special tribute to Janos in her TaveltalkMedia Newsletter of June 14. Please click HERE to read.

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Peace Caravan Partnership with IIPT Continues

Peace CaravanThe Peace Caravan partnership with IIPT continues this September when artist Marla Mossman and her Peace Caravan journeys to the ancient Chinese cities of Kashgar, Dunhuang X’ian and Beijing. This is the continuation of a multi-year project to travel from Jerusalem, Israel to X’ian, China by car, foot, horse, mule and camel to document places of historical and religious significance along the ancient Silk Road in a quest to explore the Silk Road connections to Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.

Along the way, Marla will meet with Community Leaders with a view to dedicating IIPT Peace Parks at significant junctures of the ancient trade route, continuing an initiative that began in 2007 when Marla similarly partnered with IIPT as an emissary for the IIPT International Peace Parks program on her journey through the Middle East countries of Turkey, Syria, Jordan and Israel. 
Pilgrim Path - Bethany -By-the-Sea, Jordan

This is the fifth expedition for Marla and the Peace Caravan. Previous expeditions were  to India, Turkey, Afghanistan and the Middle East countries of Syria, Jordan and Israel.

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Halil-ur-Rahman Mosque, Turkey

Encroaching modernization, and violence in some regions, threatens the indigenous way of life in several of these countries. Marla is optimistic that by sharing photographs andPeace Caravan 1 stories from her travels that readers will find a new appreciation for the religious and cultural heritage of these nations and that a new way to peace will reveal itself.

Mossman’s photos capture the people along her journey in their daily lives and remind us that even though we have differences, we share similar aspirations, fears, hopes and dreams. Her writings and photos capture the intimate moments she experiences with people along the way as she strives to inform and inspire others to achieve understanding and acceptance of the people living along the Silk Road.

Jark - Village School Girls, Afghanistan

In 2005, Marla was the first foreigner, and woman, to visit Waras; a remote part of Central Afghanistan. In an earlier trip to Northern India, Mossman hiked and backpacked to an altitude of 18,000 ft in the Himalayas, to obtain her photos.
To learn more about Marla Mossman and the Peace Caravan visit the website at The Peace Caravan project is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).

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IIPT Proud Partner in
5th African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference

Mt.KilimanjaroThe United Republic of Tanzania, a country rich in history, culture, natural resources, economic promise will host the Fifth International African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) Conference, October 25-30, 2009, in Dar es Salaam. This will be the first time the ADHT Conference has convened on the continent of Africa and promises to be a historic journey for the more than 200 delegates expected to attend. The ADHT is an annual forum to enhance cultural tourism in the African Diaspora.
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Hon. Shamsha Mwangunga, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, Tanzania“I appreciate the efforts of the ADHT to bring together people from all over the world to identify places and phenomenon in order to conserve, document and preserve the global presence and cultural influence of people of African descent, and contribute this knowledge to the world stage of history, culture and contemporary affairs.” Hon. Shamsa Mwangunga, Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania – Host

Ewart BrownThis year the African Diaspora Heritage Trail movement is going back to its roots. For the first time the ADHT Conference will be held in Africa. Half of the conference will take place in Dar Es Salaam and the other half in Zanzibar – two stunningly beautiful Tanzanian cities. We’re calling it “Africa Homecoming”. This is now our fifth international conference. We have our charitable status in place and our foundation now has a motivated director on board to pilot the ship. We are properly prepared to move forward the objective of educating the world on the cultural heritage of the African Diaspora. Dr. the Hon. Ewart F. Brown, J.P., M.P., Premier and Minister of Tourism and Transport, Bermuda

“IIPT is particularly proud to again be a partner in this important conference as It Louis D'Amore, IIPT Founder & Presidentwas at IIPT’sFirstGlobal Summit on Peace through Tourism in Amman, Jordan, November 2000 that the late Hon.David H. Allen was inspired with the vision of “The African Diaspora Heritage Trail” (ADHT). Within six months, the ADHT was launched as a self-guided tour in Bermuda. It was subsequently presented in its full concept for the first time at the 1st IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, March 2002.” Louis D’Amore, IIPT Founder and President

Louis D'Amore,
Founder & President, IIPT

David AllenIn May 2002, Hon. David H. Allen’s inspired idea took full flight with international support at the First African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference in Bermuda. In Hon. David Allen’s own words: “The aim of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail is to identify, conserve, and promote historic sites linked with the development and progress of people of African descent.”

Hon. David Allen, the late Minister
of Tourism, Bermuda

The 2009 Conference will provide a continuing forum for the sharing of the vision, models, policy and resources that govern the development of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail - gathering diverse talented and experienced persons from throughout the African Diaspora who are committed to the authentic research, documentation, promotion and dynamic development of African Diaspora Heritage sites/venues, museums, monuments, and cultural expressions.

Five Exciting Themes Anchor the 2009 Conference
- Historical Accuracy and Perspective in Traditional and Contemporary Heritage
- InterpretationTelling the Story: Cultural Education, Expression and Industries Development
- Partnership Creation and Private Sector Participation in Heritage Destination Development
- Identifying Resources for Infrastructure and Heritage Site Developmen
- Communications: Marketing and Networking for Global Visitor Attraction

If you are interested in addressing the conference on any of these exciting topics, please contact Henderson Associates at 

For more information on the ADHT Conference, contact ADHT conference headquarters.
Phone: 301-650-5700 ext 507

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Trade Show 2009

IIPT Again Proud Sponsor of THETRADESHOW

IIPT is proud to again be a sponsor of THETRADESHOW 2009 (Travel Retailing and Destination Expo) being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, September 13 - 15, 2009.

THETRADESHOW 2009 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, peace, and sustainable development.

Clearly, the shared mission of IIPT in “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism” has never been more important. 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” – and as the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism will play an essential role in the anticipated economic recovery.

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THETRADESHOW is a 3-day, in-depth networking and educational event. Global and inclusive uniting under one roof travel suppliers and buyers from all over the world, representing every segment of the travel and tourism industry.

As a travel retailer, attending this travel show, gives you the best opportunity to assemble a diverse, dynamic group of travel suppliers and destinations that will give you new, profitable business options to have at your fingertips when the deal is on the line.

The 3-day travel show conference program is designed specifically for you.  It offers comprehensive education and training to enrich your career and increase your sales.  By attending THETRADESHOW, you will gain the essential knowledge and expertise to make your travel business more profitable. 

Plus, you will love the variety of exhibitors!
With over 500 exhibiting travel companies and destinations, you will connect with the largest and most comprehensive collection of suppliers and destinations at THETRADESHOW.  Visit the Interactive Exhibit Hall Floor Plan to plan your show route, look up exhibitors by name or keyword. Check back often, as exhibitors are added daily!

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THETRADESHOW provides you a great opportunity where the return far exceeds the investment. If you want to make more money selling travel, you need to be at THETRADESHOW

Register NOW to attend the #1 travel show in North America. 

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:
Tel: (802) 253-2658
Fax: (802) 253-2645

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