IIPT Says Farewell to Janos Damon
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 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.
In 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.”
Peace Caravan Partnership with IIPT Continues
The 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.
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 and 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.
IIPT Proud Partner in
The 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.
“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
“IIPT is particularly proud to again be a partner in this important conference as It was 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
In 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.”
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
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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.”