IIPT TO CONDUCT BI-COMMUNAL WORKSHOPS
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) will be conducting a series of Preparatory Workshops leading up to an IIPT Cyprus Conference planned for late May 2009. Theme of the May Conference is:
The aim of the Conference is to develop initiatives that harness tourism, culture and sport in promoting bi-communal understanding and collaboration towards sustainable cultural and socio-economic development.
The three Preparatory Workshops will each be held in the Green Zone as follows:
Monday, 6 April 09:30 to 16:00
The Workshop objectives will be framed within a context that recognizes the potential of Cyprus as the natural bridge of 3 continents and a cross-roads of civilizations where East meets West; an island rich in history that can be traced back more than 9,000 years - where one can explore treasures of the Ancient Greeks and the Roman period, churches and monasteries from Byzantine times, castles and palaces from the days of the Crusaders, city walls from Venetian days, and mosques, libraries, and inns from the Ottoman era. The cultural and natural assets of Cyprus including idyllic villages, beautiful beaches, rugged coast lines rolling hills and forested mountains will also inform deliberations of Workshop participants – together with the unmatched hospitality, friendliness, and welcoming spirit of all Cypriots.
…. that we strive to make Cyprus a model of peace and friendship through Tourism for the Mediterranean Region and throughout the world in the spirit of the original Olympic Games.
With high level talks currently underway between the Greek and Turkish Communities, it is now timely to move forward with this recommendation in a manner that gains international recognition for Cyprus as a model for the UN International Year of Reconciliation 2009.
Organizations Wishing to Take Part
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IIPT Launches World Peace Tours to Iran:
The International Institute of Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is taking bold 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 most proud to launch its Iran Tours following on President Obama’s historic Nowruz (Iranian New Year) message this past Friday to the people and leaders of Iran – a message of ‘new beginnings’ with an emphasis on diplomacy, renewed exchanges, and greater opportunities for partnership and commerce, grounded in a new era mutual respect, with a recognition of Iran’s true greatness as a civilization – a message reminding us of the common humanity that binds us together.”
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.’
Two 10-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. With the Obama administration’s emphasis of increasing diplomacy, IIPT’s tours to Iran make it possible for ordinary Americans to lead the way one tour at a time.
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 believes, “The Iran tour offers a richness of culture and history that is incredible.”
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.
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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.”