August 2012

Livingstone International University Receives
Leadership in Quality Award


Patrick KalifungwaLivingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) in Zambia was chosen as a recipient of the International Star for Leadership in Quality Award for quality leadership, technology, management, student satisfaction, brand name, and academic results. The prestigious award was presented to LIUTEBM and received in Paris this past month by University Vice Chancellor Dr. Patrick K. Kalifungwa (second from left in photo).

The International Star for Leadership in Quality Award recognizes the success of those organizations and institutions who strive to improve institutional quality and who pledge to serve as an example within their community.

The BID International Star for Leadership in Quality Convention was held in Paris, with the 2012 presentation of awards given to organizations from 57 countries around the world for achievements in quality and excellence. Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) received the International Star for Quality in Leadership Award in the Gold Category, recognizing it for commitment to quality,  leadership, technology, and innovation represent outstanding international achievement for Zambia.

The creation of the TQM QC 100 model is the result of many years of dedication of professionals and specialists in business management, who have worked toward defining the philosophy and the modern concept of quality. Its purpose is to use concrete terminology to transmit the ongoing improvement, which should take place in every area of the organization covering everything from a ‘Customer satisfaction culture’ to ‘Business Results Awareness.’

LIUTEBM is committed to the principles of the QC 100 Total Quality Management model, and the university accepts quality as a factor for development to become more competitive. Dr. Kalifungwa said: “We are committed to publicizing this quality culture with lecturers, staff, students, and the community, supported by the QC 100 Total Quality Management Model, and accordingly adhere to the following principles:

- Quality is a consequence of valuing student satisfaction and obtaining positive academic results.

- participation and teamwork in decision making.

- Meeting the needs and expectation of our students.

- Providing human, technical and economic resources to achieve continuous improvement

- Respect for the environment.

- Managing resources to achieve the maximum potential of our students.

LIUTEBM was, therefore, presented with the Award in Quality for outstanding organizational  achievements, perseverance, leadership excellence , and total quality in accordance with the QC 100 criteria.

Dr. Kalifungwa stated that “Our goal is to create total university awareness in which each and every person is able to ‘do it better.’ In order to achieve this goal, we must accept the commitment to fulfill the guidelines set by the BID 100 Points of Quality. LIUTEBM strives to develop the quality culture among its professors, lecturers, students, and academic community, with the aim of imparting knowledge, skill, and competence to students thereby fostering their confidence and ability to add value to the economic, social, and political development their profession and country.”

Louis D'Amore, IIPT President and Founder
LIUTEBM Chancellor, Louis D’Amore added “Dr. Kalifungwa is to be commended for his vision and dedication to achieving an internationally prominent university – and to the sustainable economic development and societal well-being of Zambia and the African continent.”

About LIUTEBM                                                                                                    
The University's vision is "to be the premier center of excellence in the promotion and development of the tourism industry and allied services in Africa."

Our mission is "to provide highly specialized and quality knowledge, skills, competencies and institutional capacities so as to bring about the promotion and development of the tourism industry and allied services in Africa and enhance its contribution to the desired sustainable development of all countries in our service area".

The primary goal of LIUTEBM is to ensure that its graduates acquire the necessary confidence, knowledge, skills and professional acumen to make a contribution to their profession and to society.

2012 Olympic Peace Campaign

Olympic Youth Peace Ambassador Training Program

Now in Place for 31 August – to 9 September  


IIPT Supports 2012 OlympicUNEPUNESCO


Gordon Sillence, coordinator of the UNESCO-backed ‘Olympic Youth Peace Ambassadors Training Program has announced that the program is now in place and scheduled from 31 August to 9 September.


London 2012The Olympic Youth Peace Ambassador Training Program is the culmination of efforts by the largest international coalition ever formed to promote the Olympic Truce and forms the central pillar of the 2012 Olympic Truce Campaign. UNESCO, UNEP and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Tourism has joined with Ecotrans, IIPT, Global Sports Partners and other tourism and sports stakeholders, as well as Media Partners: eTurbo News, Travel Mole’s ‘Vision on Responsible Tourism’, Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), and, in support the Olympic Truce Campaign and the Youth Peace Ambassador Training Program.


The Program brings together youth from countries throughout the world including conflict zones and areas suffering violence to the London Olympics to highlight the six weeks of Global Truce unanimously backed by all UN member countries to run from 25 July to 9 September. While in the UK the youth will undergo an intense 10 day workshop program preparing them as Olympic youth peace ambassadors. After the Olympics they will continue the work of peace-making in their respective countries as part of UNESCO’s Youth Peace Ambassador Network thereby providing a lasting legacy of the 2012 Olympic Truce campaign.

Peace One DayLeeds Metropolitan University has offered to host the workshops. Nominees from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Israel, Palestine, South Africa and Haiti have been accepted into the program.  Additional youth are being accepted daily and the opportunity for youth from other countries to participate in this life-changing program is still available. Countries or areas suffering from conflict and/or violence are particularly encouraged to send a youth representative to join in a historic and life-changing opportunity. Workshop participation fee is £500 which includes accommodation, meals and participation in all workshops. Click here for more information on the event



Support is still urgently needed to cover transport, food and accommodation costs, and an appeal to meet an estimated £25,000 short fall in the budget has been launched. Countries, companies and individuals are asked to come forward as sponsors at this 11th hour. Needed are: support for travel costs –participation from airline/travel/transport companies would be particularly helpful; support for accommodation, food and beverage – members of the hospitality industry/event industry; and media support – to film this event and mainstream the message.


Please contact or phone him on 00351 912373124 to discuss your offer of support.


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IIPT Caribbean Chapter Instrumental in
Project Benefitting Nine Communities

IIPT Caribbean Chapter President, and President of Countrystyle Community Tourism Network (CCTN) Diana McIntyre Pike has been instrumental in the organization of a major initiative that will benefit nine communities from six parishes across Jamaica in partnership with the National Best Community Foundation (NBCF) with grant funding from the Jamaica Social Investment Fund/Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) project. The Agreement is for the implementation of a community-based Tourism Strengthening and Promotion project that started up this past month.

IIPT Jamaica Project

Signing the Agreement were from the left:  the Chief Executive Officer of the National Best Community Foundation (NBCF), Jacqueline Dacosta; Project Manager, Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI), at the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Stephanie Hutchinson-Ffrench; IIPT Caribbean and CCTN President, Diana McIntyre-Pike; and Parish Manager of the Social Development Commission (SDC), Westmoreland, Ron Daley. The signing took place in one of the beneficiary communities, Beeston Spring, Westmoreland.  

According to Mrs. Hutchinson-Ffrench, the project is one that will not only make a significant contribution to Jamaica’s tourism product, but will also impact the economic prospects of all nine beneficiary communities.

The communities are Lancaster and Resource, in Manchester; Treasure Beach, St. Elizabeth; Albert Town, Trelawny; Charles Town, Portland; Hopewell and Axe-And-Adze, Hanover; and Bluefields and Beeston Spring, Westmoreland.

The goal of the project is in keeping with the Government of Jamaica’s draft community based tourism policy, which seeks to implement strategies to assist communities that offer a community based tourism product, to move from start-up to market ready.

More than 200 persons will be benefiting directly from the project, while there will also be indirect economic and social spin-offs accruing to the wider communities involved.

The project will involve the following activities:

(1) An assessment of gaps and areas of opportunity for each community.

(2) Team Jamaica training for approximately 120 persons engaged in providing a tourism service or product.

(3) A comprehensive community tourism sensitisation programme.

(4) Conducting familiarisation tours with ground tour operators to experience the tourism product first hand, with a view that they will include the nine communities in the packages they sell.

(5) The production of promotional material and erection of directional and community signs.

Minister of State with responsibility for Special Projects in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Luther Buchanan, who also spoke at the signing, argued that it would be very beneficial to the nation if more communities get involved in community oriented projects, as this would bring back a sense of pride, as it relates to community development and the upliftment of persons.

“Until we have developed the human capital that we have, we will never truly develop communities,” he said. He lauded each of the organizations for the work that they have been doing in communities across Jamaica.



IIPT to Partner in Art Beyond Borders Exhibit


IIPT is a proud partner in the Art Beyond Borders Exhibit scheduled for next April in Las Vegas. Projected audience for the 4 day exhibit is 70,000 and extensive media coverage is anticipated.


TIMOTCA ArtThe exhibit is being organized by The International Museum of Twenty First Century Art (TIMOTCA) as part of its “Peace through Art" mission. TIMOTCA’s Vision is premised on the belief that, transcending national borders, inter-cultural differences and racial distinctions, art, in all its forms, uniquely expands our potential to move beyond historic fears toward peaceful co-creation. TIMOTCA’s Vision is to bring all the nations of the world and as many cultures as possible together in one unprecedented global project.


TIMOTCA ArtCelebrating the world’s amazingly diverse cultures, TIMOTCA is providing a venue for artists from every corner of the globe – a “United Nations of the Arts” - offering an unprecedented platform and a forum for the development of international programs promoting cultural understanding and peace.


The exhibit is planned as an annual event in Las Vegas and China premiering the world’s first global open art competition and award show with the largest prizes cash prizes in history and the most engaging public platform.  More than  US$ 1 million will be awarded to competing artists and an additional US$ 500,000 will be provided in scholarships and grants. More than 60 nations are anticipated to participate and attend the exhibit. 


The 2013 Las Vegas Art Beyond Borders Exhibit being held at the Sands Convention Center will feature:

  • A world class international public art fair and expo,
  • Fashion and special events,
  • Educational workshops,
  • Featured gallery showcases,
  • Awards Gala, and much more!

The Exhibit will also feature unveiling of the Peace Monument Model paying tribute to those whose vision and commitment have impacted our world and focusing attention on humanity’s common creative spirit.


Persons and organizations wishing to be acknowledged as sponsors of the event are invited to contact:

Edward Solomon

Office - 949.494.7064

Mobile – 949.295.5894

Email –

Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism:
Case Studies of Best Practice


Industry officials, experts, academics and practitioners share their knowledge, experience, research and methods of best practice to address and adapt to the adverse effects of climate change

 Edited by

Louis D’Amore and Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa


IIPT Cover Book

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism’s 5th IIPT African Conference: “Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism in Africa and the Developing World,” was held in Lusaka, Zambia, in May 2011. Participants in the Conference were so enthusiastic about the quality of presentations that they believed the knowledge should be shared with a wider audience.


Accordingly, this publication contains papers and presentations from the 5th IIPT African Conference and other selected experts’ case studies, articles and models of best practice. It was developed in collaboration with IIPT’s academic partner in the Conference, Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

To read the case studies, click on this link.

There is no cost to access the book but contributions to IIPT to offset costs are welcome.

IIPT World Peace Tours

Jordan - PetraIIPT 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:

  • The Gulf Experience: United Arab Emirates and Oman - January 31-February 10, 2012
  • The Wild Jordan Tour - March 6-16, 2012
  • Nabji Festival Trek & World Peace Tour to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan - January 8-21, 2012
  • World Peace Tour: Tanzania - June 1-13, 2012
  • Are You Ready to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro? - February 18 and June 16, 2012
  • Discover Croatia 2012
    Click here to read more information and detailed itinerary

Travel Agents

Travel Agents please note that tours are commissionable – please contact Louis D’Amore, Email:


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) 253-8671
Fax: (802) 253-2645

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