UNWTO General Assembly to feature
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is most proud to announce that an IIPT Breakfast will be featured at the UNWTO General Assembly being co-hosted by the governments of Zambia and Zimbabwe to be held in Livingstone and Victoria Falls Towns from 24th to 29th August, 2013.
In making the announcement, IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore stated:
“We are most honored to have this opportunity for a presence at the UNWTO General Assembly during our 25th anniversary year and to express our gratitude to the World Tourism Organization for its support of our activities during this entire 25 year period beginning with the First IIPT Global Conference, Vancouver 1988. We are also most grateful to Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa, Vice Chancellor of LIUTEBM University (Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management) for the gracious hosting of the breakfast by LIUTEBM.”
Featured speakers will include Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization; Prof. Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP), Dr. Donald Hawkins, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of Tourism Policy, George Washington University and Special Advisor, UNWTO Knowledge Network, Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa and Louis D’Amore. Also speaking and moderating the panel will be H.E. Senator Akel Biltaji, Advisor to H.M. King Abdullah II and former Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan.
Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa, Vice Chancellor of LIUTEBM University said: “As a member of the UNWTO Knowledge Network and home to the IIPT Consortium of Collaborating Universities, LIUTEBM University is most pleased to sponsor the IIPT Breakfast at this year’s UNWTO General Assembly.”
IIPT has launched a series of 25th Anniversary Legacy projects to commemorate the year beginning with the forming of an IIPT Consortium of Collaborating Universities (IIPT-CCU) with more than 20 participating universities from regions throughout the world including Africa, Asia, North America, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean and South Pacific.
The second legacy initiative is “Peace Tours Morocco” - a product developed by IIPT Partner Munditinera – Cultural Bridges International and being distributed throughout the world in collaboration with Skål International. A portion of all revenues from the tours will be donated to the International Red Cross, Geneva in support of their programs for victims of armed conflict.
This past month, a third legacy project was announced - the IIPT/Skål Peace Towns initiative inviting towns and villages throughout the world to become members in a collective commitment to building a culture of peace in their respective communities. The IIPT and Skål initiative builds on foundation of more than 450 IIPT Peace Parks that have been dedicated to Peace in cities and towns throughout the world beginning in 1992 with IIPT's "Peace Parks Across Canada" project commemorating Canada's 125th anniversary as a nation.
The first 25 IIPT/Skal Peace Towns and Villages will be dedicated on 24 August, 2013, Opening Day of the UNWTO General Assembly. Towns and Villages anywhere in the world are invited to become an IIPT/Skål Peace Town or Village by expressing their interest in an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Two additional 25th anniversary legacy projects will be announced during the IIPT Breakfast. We look forward to seeing you in Zambia – Zimbabwe.
South Africa to dedicate seven Towns as
IIPT/Skal Peace Towns
IIPT and Skal International are proud to announce that seven towns in South Africa will be declaring themselves as IIPT/ Skal Peace Villages on 24 August – Opening Day of the UNWTO General Assembly as Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai, co-hosting Ministers, Hon. Sylvia Masebo, Zambia, Hon. Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe and other dignitaries come together to re-dedicate the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls.
By declaring themselves as IIPT/Skal Peace Towns each Town agrees that they will be actively committed to promoting values of tolerance, non-violence, gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment, environmental awareness, and sustainable social and economic development.
As well, three special initiatives have been dedicated as IIPT/Skal Peace Initiatives: Dinokeng Game Reserve – as an IIPT/Skal Nature Conservation Peace Park; Norbert Schling - Studio 14 "Peace through Art"; and Peterson Mahlangu - “Refilwe Peace Tours”
Knysna - A spectacular tourism destination In Western Cape Province in the heart of the Garden Route that adheres to international standards of sustainable tourism and each year features the Knysna Oyster Festival.
Cullinan - Home of the Cullinan diamond mine that produced the world’s largest diamond, the “Cullinan Diamond”. Diamond mine tours are a major tourism attraction of Gauteng Province.
Rayton – The Rayton Meander, launched in June 2013, offers world class wedding and conference venues, lodges, horse ranches, dairy farms, Bed & Breakfasts, bass fishing, camping and two Museums - the Willem Prinsloo Agricultural and Sammy Marks museums.
Refilwe - Home of the Refilwe Community development initiative and a welcoming spirit towards international volunteers.
Overwacht - Home of a proud Khoisan community, the original inhabitants of Southern Africa whose origins can be traced back 100,000 years.
Alexandra Township - The mother and father of townships in South Africa. The development of Alexandra Township dates back to 1912. It was the only place where black people could buy free-hold land at the time. The Township includes a house where Nelson Mandela stayed.
Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa - Proposed by Skal Cape Winelands.
Stellenbosch is a college town and the proud capital of the Western Cape wine region. The city was founded in 1685 and is South Africa’s second oldest city, promoting itself as the “most inspiring and innovative town in Africa” and dedicating itself to the values of peace, human rights and sustainable development.
Other peace initiatives in South Africa include:
Dinokeng Game Reserve – IIPT/Skal Nature Conservation Peace Park
The first free-roaming Big 5 residential game reserve in Gauteng Province, South Africa (and probably in the world) next to an urbanized area. A private/public initiative opened in 2011.
Norbert Schling - Studio 14 "Peace through Art"
Nominated for the “Artists’ World Magazine International Artist of the Year Award, and winner of the most People’s Choice Awards in the past year.
Peterson Mahlangu - “Refilwe Peace Tours”
Refilwe Community Ambassador providing guided tours of Refilwe and empowering youth with entrepreneurial skills for the further development of tourism in Refilwe.
Nineteen Jamaican and Caribbean Villages to be declared as IIPT/Skal Peace Villages
IIPT and Skal International are proud to announce that nineteen villages of Jamaica and the Caribbean will be declaring themselves as IIPT/ Skal Peace Villages on 24 August – Opening Day of the UNWTO General Assembly as Secretary General Dr. Taleb Rifai, co-hosting Ministers, Hon. Sylvia Masebo, Zambia, Hon. Walter Mzembi, Zimbabwe and other dignitaries come together to re-dedicate the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls.
By declaring themselves as IIPT/Skal Peace Villages each village agrees that they will be actively committed to promoting values of tolerance, non-violence, gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment, environmental awareness, and sustainable social and economic development.
In making the announcement IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore praised IIPT Caribbean President Diana McIntyre-Pike for her leadership in promoting the peace village concept among Jamaican and Caribbean communities: “It was Diana’s passion and dedication to both community tourism and ‘peace through tourism’ that inspired these communities to become IIPT/Skal Villages of Peace.”
Diana is a pioneer and internationally acclaimed expert in community tourism who actively promotes community tourism through her Countrystyle Community Tourism Network. She believes that tourists seeking authentic community tourism will be more interested in experiencing communities that have committed themselves to “peace, harmony, love and unity for all citizens.”
“Let's do it in the Caribbean,” the marketing and PR partner/Representative for the Caribbean Community Tourism family and all IIPT/SKAL Villages will be included in the overall marketing program for the 'Caribbean Community Experience'. All villages are members of the Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses program.
The following villages will be declaring themselves as IIPT/Skal Villages of Peace while dedicating a Peace Park on 24 August, 2013, Opening Day of the UNWTO General Assembly:
Jamaica: Treasure Beach Village –St. Elizabeth; Accompong Maroon Village – St. Elizabeth; Resource Village – Manchester; Albert Town – Trelawny; Axe-n-Adze/Mt.Petro – Hanover; Rastafarian Indigenous Village –St. James; Camrose Village – St. James; Charles Town Maroon Village – Portland; Beeston Spring Village – Westmoreland; Kitson Town Village – St. Catherine; Mandeville TTown /Brooks Park– Manchester.
Dominica: Marigot Village; Heart of Dominica Village; Grand Bay Village/Geneva Heritage Park; Newtown/Charlotteville/Castle Comfort.
Tortola: Carrot Bay Village.
British Virgin Islands: Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda
St. Vincent: Greiggs Village.
Towns and Villages anywhere in the world are invited to become an IIPT/Skal Peace Town or Village. Please email: email@example.com to express your interest.
The Peace Towns/Villages project is a legacy project commemorating IIPT’s 25th anniversary year since its First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace held in Vancouver, Canada 1988.
Ms. Glendyrr Fick, General Manager of Knysna Tourism and IIPT member has successfully launched her “Green Chefs Initiative” with the Knysna Tourism Living Local Green Chefs event this past month in Knysna, South Africa – heart of the Garden Route.
Charmaine Sinclair was the top chef of this year’s inaugural event with her menu of mutton curry with sambals, poppadoms and rice, and a sweet treat of an apple tartlet served with custard and vanilla slice. Charmaine took home a cash prize of R1 000 for her efforts, while each finalist received R 500. All five of the finalists will also participate in a formal cooking training program with Kilzer’s Kitchen Basics during August.
“Winning this competition has given me such encouragement and the confidence to believe that cooking is not only my passion, but that I am good at it too!” Charmaine exclaimed. “Now I feel that I can confidently take part in even bigger competitions. So thank you, Knysna Tourism – and Glendyrr in particular – for giving me this opportunity to learn even more.”
Glendyrr explained that this competition formed part of a bigger project. “The aim of the Knysna Tourism Living Local Green Chefs Initiative is to empower residents of local rural communities within and around the national parks in the Greater Garden Route National Park,” she said. “This will be done by teaching them excellent cooking skills, good business practice and vegetable gardening, accompanied by a sound mentorship program. This project will eventually be implementable at all national parks in South Africa - or even further afield on the continent and across the globe.”
“We are also working on establishing a unique supply chain route, the Eden Slow Food Route, which we hope to support the Green Chefs in sourcing local produce. The emphasis will be on locally produced, wholesome food, produced by locals with great care and integrity,” Glendyrr continued. “These organic producers will also supply to other establishments in the local tourism industry.”
To learn more about the Green Chefs initiative or the Eden Slow Food Route, please contact Glendyrr Fick at 044 382 5510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.”