Alain St. Ange
Dr. Murray Simpson
Both the Seychelles and Caribbean region are heavily dependent on tourism – and both are most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change including sea level rise, biodiversity loss, and impacts on human health.
Members of the panel will discuss how they have worked with stakeholders to address the impacts of climate change on the environment, economic development, tourism, and community livelihoods using holistic approaches to provide practical strategies and capacity building. The session will also provide a perspective on the natural marriage of tourism and the various forms of solar energy as a response to climate change and in shaping sustainable tourism development.
This panel follows from the successful 5th IIPT African Conference on “Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism in Africa and the Developing World” recently held in Lusaka, Zambia. The Lusaka Declaration was one of the outcomes of that Conference. Please click here to view a copy.
Two special announcements will also be made at this session.
IIPT Australia Chapter Celebrates
10 Year Anniversary
IIPT Australia held a Celebration Dinner in Sydney this past month to mark its 10 Year Anniversary. Over 60 guests including members, government officials, representatives from the Tourism Industry, academic friends and invited guests gathered to celebrate and acknowledge the achievements of IIPT in Australia.
The event started with a “Welcome to Country” by Michael West a cultural representative of the Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council who are the traditional custodians of the Land, Air, Water and Culture within the boundaries of Sydney. Michael’s explanation of the Aboriginal custom of acknowledgment of the land and extending the welcome to all people who now live and visit their traditional homeland set the tone and dignity for the special evening.
Ben Sherman, President of the North American Native Tourism Alliance was the special guest speaker. Ben’s address focused on the Wisdom, Values and Knowledge that Indigenous people have and can offer the Tourism Industry. Their understanding of the land, plant and animal life can greatly enhance the experience of visitors and make meaningful contribution to the Tourism Product. The integrity and spiritual awareness of Indigenous people can be included in tours and development of products and could be more utilised by operators and organisations.
Ben’s message and his personal dignity and serenity left a lasting and significant imprint on the guests as he drew attention to the new knowledge and depth of meaning, that can be experienced by travellers, when embracing Indigenous cultures.
Aden Ridgeway, Chair of Indigenous Tourism Industry Australia, gave a genuine and sincere vote of thanks to Ben. Aden also spoke of the development and success and challenges that Indigenous Tourism is having. Tourism Australia, the Federal Government’s international tourism marketing organisation, is concentrating on developing and showcasing successful Aboriginal tour products that met international quality standards and offer the tourist a unique and authentic experience.
Guests applauded very enthusiastically both Ben and Aden for their insight and knowledge on Indigenous Tourism.
Aden Ridgway, Tourism Australia; Gail Parsonage, President, IIPT Australia;
Ben Sherman, Native Tourism Alliance, USA.
Gail Parsonage, President of IIPT Aust Inc. said “The evening provided a memorable occasion to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of IIPT and the encouragement to continue IIPT’s mission for Peace through Tourism. It also reminded us of the mutual understanding, knowledge and respect that we should have for all cultures and the contribution that Indigenous people make to the Tourism experience.”
IIPT Caribbean Chapter Promotes Community Tourism
Diana McIntyre Pike, President, IIPT Caribbean Chapter, and Jacqueline daCosta, Vice President, IIPT Caribbean Chapter are offering visitors to Jamaica a novel experiential vacation in Jamaica. Diana is a pioneer with over thirty-seven years of service and passion in training and developing communities. Jacqueline daCosta, is an international expert in sustainable development planning, and Founder and Chair of the National Best Community Foundation. daCosta has organized, with assistance of a myriad of partners from the public and private sectors, a National Competition and Program for sustainable development of communities.
Diana McIntyre Pike, President, IIPT Caribbean Chapter
Jacqueline daCosta, Vice President,
IIPT Caribbean Chapter
Together, Diana and Jacqueline, with their local and international networks, have engaged some 300 communities across Jamaica in the entrepreneurial “Villages as Businesses Program” aimed at promoting Sustainable Community Tourism. The Program has been developed, to provide training, and create economic opportunities for persons interested in investing in their communities by developing community tourism products and attractions that build on unique natural, cultural and human resources.
Beeston Springs 5 time competition winners
McIntyre-Pike has been selected as one of 50 world experts in Sustainable Tourism to participate in the UNESCO World Heritage Sustainable Tourism Experts meeting from October 18 – 23 in Switzerland. This will further enhance Jamaica’s international visibility as being the “Home of Community Tourism”.
IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore, branded Jamaica as the “Home of Community Tourism” in a keynote address at an IIPT Caribbean Conference and continues to support initiatives of the IIPT Caribbean Chapter in Jamaica.
Caribbean partners are invited to become members of the IIPT Caribbean Tourism Network and to participate in the Villages as Businesses programme to help foster the continued growth and success of community tourism within the region as an integrated people-centered approach to sustainable tourism.
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IIPT World Peace Tours
IIPT launched World Peace Travel in an effort to be a model of tourism that exemplifies the ideals, concepts and philosophies upon which IIPT was founded and toward the mission of promoting a “Culture of Peace through Tourism.” World Peace Travel is being spearheaded by IIPT board member Donald King.
The following peace tours will be offered in 2012:
IIPT to Partner in Promotion of Olympic Truce
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) has agreed to partner with other major international organizations in a campaign to promote observance of the Olympic Truce (‘Ekechereia’) during the period of the 2012 London Olympic Games, 27 July to 12 August 2012. Click here to read more
Tourism and Climate Change Book to be Published
Participants in the the 5th IIPT African Conference were so enthusiastic about the high quality of presentations that they believed the knowledge brought together at the conference should be shared with a wider audience including Ministers of Tourism, industry executives, developers, policy makers, practitioners and educators. Click here to read more
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.”