IIPT South Asia Panel at World Travel Market Promoting Regional Collaboration
The IIPT South Asia panel at World travel Market will feature both public and private sector tourism industry leaders sharing their views on promoting regional collaboration towards sustainable tourism, friendship and peace. The panel will take place at World Travel Market:
Wednesday, 6 November from14:00 to 15:00
South Gallery 17
Theme of the session is:
Building Bridges of Collaboration for Sustainable Tourism Development in South Asia
The World Travel and Tourism Council projects that South Asia will have the strongest growth in Travel & Tourism’s direct contribution to GDP in the coming years with a growth rate of 6.7%. Their ten year outlook is that South Asia will outperform all other world sub-regions with a 7.2% growth rate driven by increasing wealth in the middle classes.
The South Asia tourism leaders will share their ideas regarding collaborative strategies that will ensure this projected growth will maximize tourism’s social and economic benefits to local communities; protect and enhance the environment; and nurture the potential for tourism, culture, and sport in promoting a “Culture of Peace” and friendship throughout the region.
A particular focus will be on promoting cross border travel between India and Pakistan that contributes to a ‘culture of peace.’
IIPT 25th Anniversary World Travel Market Event to Support WWI Centenary
“No More War”
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) will proudly commemorate the 25th anniversary of its First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace, Vancouver 1988 in support of the “Great War” Centenary with its theme of “No More War.” The commemorative event will be on the:
World Travel Market’s Platinum Suite Stage
Tuesday, 5 November from 14.00 – 15.00
Mr. Peter De Wilde, CEO of Visit Flanders, representing the Government of Flanders. will be one of the featured speakers.
Other featured speakers include key leaders of the travel and tourism industry who will share their perspectives on “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism” in support of the World War I Centenary theme: “No More War.” Confirmed speakers include: Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO Secretary General; David Scowsill, President, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); Mok Singh, Immediate Past President, Skal International; and Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), and Martin Craigs, President, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Peter DeWilde, CEO of Visit Flanders. Speakers will share their respective perspectives on “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism” in support of the Great War Centenary theme “No More War.”
The 25th Anniversary commemorative event will honor members of the travel and tourism industry who have made a significant contribution to promoting a “Culture of Peace through Tourism.”
IIPT is also proud to announce that award winning singer-song writer, Alston Koch will join us on stage to perform an original song for the first time.
Co- moderators will be Fiona Jeffery OBE - Former Chairman, World Travel Market and Founder and Chairman, Just a Drop; and Anita Mendiratta, Founder & Managing Director, CACHET Consulting.
IIPT Founder and President, Louis D'Amore said, “IIPT is most proud to support the Great War Centenary with its theme of ‘No More War’ – and to welcome the foremost leaders of the travel and tourism industry to our 25th anniversary event. As one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries, the collective voice of travel and tourism leaders can be a powerful force for peace and justice in the 21st century.”
“And as well, we are most pleased in having this opportunity to acknowledge individuals and organizations who have substantially contributed to building a ‘Culture of Peace through Tourism’ and to thank them for advancing the IIPT vision of travel and tourism becoming the ‘World’s first Global Peace Industry’ – an industry that promotes and supports the belief that every traveler is potentially and ‘Ambassador for Peace.’ ”
The 1988 Vancouver Conference was a watershed event for the travel and tourism industry introducing for the first time the concept of Sustainable Tourism, four years prior to the Rio Summit - and a new “higher purpose of tourism” paradigm that includes the key role of travel and tourism in:
- Promoting international understanding
- Collaboration among nations
- Protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity
- Enhancing cultures and valuing heritage
- Sustainable development for all
- Poverty reduction and
- Reconciliation and healing wounds of conflict
Please join us at:
World Travel Market Platinum Suites 3 & 4
Tuesday, 5 November from 14.00 – 15.00.
IIPT Caribbean to Host Community Tourism
Conference and Study Tour
IIPT Caribbean, in association with the Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses, LetsDoitinTheCaribbean.com and their Tourism partners will host a Community Tourism Conference and Study Tour to be held at the
Mandeville Hotel, Manchester, Jamaica, November 18 – 23, 2013.
The Conference/Study Tour will host 20 Caribbean leaders from Eastern Caribbean countries and others from Jamaica, USA, Canada and Europe that will showcase the rich cultural heritage of Jamaica’s villages. Theme of the conference and study tour is:
Sustaining & Transforming Communities through Tourism Entrepreneurship.
Experiencing “Countrystyle” community tourism in Jamaica
Leaders from six community villages have been selected for training under the Jamaica Social Investment Fund/Rural Economic Development Initiative (JSIF/REDI). These are: Resource (Manchester); Treasure Beach (St. Elizabeth); Beeston Spring (Westmoreland); Axe & Adze (Hanover); Albert Town (Trelawny) and Charles Town (Portland). These villages and others, including the Rastafari Indigenous Village, will be attending as delegates.
IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore will be participating in the Conference/Study tour and together with participating community leaders, will visit five villages in Jamaica. He will also preside over the official launch of the IIPT/SKAL Peace Villages Program which will include, but not be limited to: Brooks Park (Mandeville); Canoe Valley (South Manchester); Treasure Beach Sports Park, Beeston Spring Park (Westmoreland) and Rastafari Indigenous Village (St. James).
Mr. D’Amore will also keynote the Opening Session of the Sustaining & Transforming Communities through Tourism Entrepreneurship Conference on November 21. His keynote address will highlight IIPT’s 25th anniversary legacy projects which include the re-dedication of the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls, Zambia this past September. The re-dedication was the featured event on Opening Day of the UNWTO General Assembly with Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General; Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first President, and King Mukuni of the Leya people on whose land Victoria Falls is located, all participating. A total of 19 Jamaican and Caribbean villages participated simultaneously in dedicating Peace Villages in their respective countries on September 24, day of the re-dedication.
In his keynote address at the 2003 Jamaica Community Tourism Conference, IIPT President D’Amore branded Jamaica as the “Home of Community Tourism”. And this past year, IIPT International responded positively to the IIPT Caribbean’s request to brand the “Caribbean as Home of Community Tourism” in the anticipated expansion of Community Tourism throughout the Caribbean with the leadership of IIPT Caribbean President, Diana McIntyre Pike, who is also President/Founder of the Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses program.
Over the past year, national consultations on “Community-Based Niche Tourism” were conducted by Diana McIntyre under the Tourism component of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Economic Integration Action Plan. The consultations focused on development, promotion and delivery of sustainable community tourism products and were conducted in St. Lucia, Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda, St. Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla, Montserrat & British Virgin Islands.
Community Tourism Entrepreneurship training Antigua
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.”