IIPT Bids Farewell to Mira Berman:
It is with profound sadness that IIPT learned of the passing of Mira Berman on June 29, 2010. Mira, Founder and President of the Bradford Group and Executive Director of the Africa Travel Association from 1990 to 2006 was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Photo (above) Hon. Dino Chingungi, former Tourism Minister, Angola, Louis D' Amore, Founder International Institure for Peace Through Tourism; Mira Berman.
“Mira's loss will leave a big vacuum in our professional and personal lives. We know that Mira will be remembered by all those whose lives she has touched for her passion and love for Africa and its people and her commitment to pushing an agenda of increasing tourism and investment to the continent in a sustainable and meaningful way.” Karen Hoffman, President, The Bradford Group.
“As the Executive Director of ATA for sixteen years, Mira was instrumental in building the foundation for our organization, committing her time, passion, resources and energy to ATA. Mira devoted her life to making the world a better place and will be remembered as one of the amazing women of our times.” Eddie Bergman, Executive Director, Africa Travel Association.
The Gulf Experience - Emirates and Oman
This is the essential Arabian Gulf experience…combining two of the most spectacular cities of the modern world—Dubai and Abu Dhabi—along with the mystical timelessness of Oman. The tour will be personally led by Donald King, Ambassador at Large for IIPT, and his wife Lynne, who have more than 10 years experience in the Arabian Gulf.
Experience the courtesy and hospitality that has been a tradition for centuries in a perfect winter climate as you visit the world’s ta
Departure: January 21, 2011.
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Friends of Peace:
A World Peace Tour to The Himalayan
Asha Kama, VAST Director
Tshetem Norbu, Wendy Erd, Sacred Himalaya Travel
About Sacred Himalaya Travel
Sacred Himalaya Travel, locally owned and operated in Bhutan, SHT is one of Bhutan’s registered Travel Operators and is a member of IIPT. We are a small team, dedicated to our work, with a deep appreciation and knowledge of our country, its cultural and spiritual heritage, traditions and natural beauty. We open our doors and hearts to receive our guests as family and friends
About Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu (VAST )
VAST was set up in 1998 by a group of professional artists as a non profitable and non governmental organization. VAST organizes special Art Workshops, Camps, Talks, Exhibitions, Weekend Classes and Design and implement projects to promote culture, health, environment and extracurricular activities throughout the year to provide opportunities to school children to participate and develop their life skills, confidence, talents through interaction and participation of learning art in experiential ways.
Peace Caravan Partnership with IIPT Continues
Its an exciting time as Marla Mossman and her Peace Caravan project embarks on a forty day journey along the ancient Silk Road in China. Following the land routes taken by monks, merchants and missionaries from the 2nd century when Buddhism and later Islam were first introduced to China. This continues her 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 early caravan trails. Marla’s solo journey explores the Silk Road connections to Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam.
Lamayuru Monastery, Western Ladakh , India
Marla’s itinerary begins in Beijing photographing the historical hutongs – Mongolian word meaning passageway. From there she travels to the ancient capital X’ian; through the Hexi Corridor to Jiayuguan to photograph the sun setting behind the western edge of the Great Wall. A one day drive further west she reaches the Mogao Caves, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas begun in 366 AD near Dunhuang, at the edge of the Gobi Desert. Then its on to the ancient town of Jiaohe, near Turphan which is believed to be one of the oldest, preserved earth-structured city in the world. From there Marla crosses the torrid Taklamakan Desert on camel before continuing to the carpet weaving centers of Hotan and Kashgar where the best silks have been woven into carpets for 2,000 years.
Along the way, Marla plans to meet with Community Officials with a view to dedicating IIPT Peace Parks at significant junctures along the ancient trade route. Thus, 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.
This is the fifth leg of the Peace Caravan. Previous journeys were to India, Turkey, Afghanistan and the Middle East countries of Syria, Jordan and Israel.
Today’s precarious political situations exist in many of the Silk Road nations. There is an urgent need and awareness from people around the world for openness and cultural exchange to help gain the mutual respect and cooperation necessary for world peace. 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.
Marla’s photos capture the people going about their daily lives to remind us that even though we have differences, we share similar loves, 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.
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 www.peacecaravan.com. The Peace Caravan project is a sponsored project of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).
IIPT is proud to again be a sponsor of THETRADESHOW 2010 (Travel Retailing and Destination Expo) being held at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, September 12 - 14, 2010.
THETRADESHOW 2010 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.
For more information: http://www.thetradeshow.org/
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.
The newest addition toTHETRADESHOW for 2010 is the e-Learning Center, providing you with the unlimited access to recordings of over 50 educational seminars and sessions taught in Orlando.
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!
For more information: http://www.thetradeshow.org/
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.
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.”