Global journey for peace and world record to be launched at IIPT World Symposium
Cassandra (Cassie) De Pecol will be a special guest at the IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport being held at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, South Africa, 16 to 19 February, 2015.
The Symposium honors the legacies of the world’s three champions of peace and non-violent resistance, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. with the aim of furthering their legacies by building bridges of tourism, friendship and peace in regions throughout the world. For more information on the IIPT World Symposium, please refer to our December Newsletter at http://www.iipt.org/newsletter/2014/december.html
The action oriented Symposium will feature the launch of Cassie’s global journey to all 195 of the world’s sovereign nations as she sets out to break a world record while traveling as an IIPT Ambassador for Peace and promoting “Peace through Tourism” in each of the nations, cities, towns and villages that she visits.
Cassie will begin her journey on 1 July, 2015 with the goal of visiting all 195 sovereign nations in less than three years, thereby setting a new Guinness World record and as well becoming the youngest person to do so – and also the first woman.
Cassie will be traveling as a “global citizen” as she promotes “Peace through Tourism” with the endorsement of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT). IIPT will also support Cassie’s global journey by arranging for her to be met by Ministers of Tourism where possible as well as mayors of cities, towns and villages she plans to visit in each country.
Cassie stated: “I’m going to be presenting them a declaration of peace, doing photo ops and meeting with children, youth and people of my generation, discussing ‘Peace’ and what it means to them.” She also aims to be a source of inspiration to everyone she meets. In particular, she is “Hoping to influence people of my generation to pursue their dreams and a rewarding, fulfilled life.”
A further goal of the record setting global journey is to promote the IIPT/Skal Cities, Towns and Villages initiative with the hope that Cassie’s visits will also inspire Cities, Towns and Villages along the way to “agree to be actively committed to promoting values of tolerance, non-violence, gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment, environmental integrity, and sustainablehuman, social and economic development.”
Cassie’s goal of promoting “Peace through Tourism” will continue after her trip with the release of a documentary that will be shown in theaters and on Netflix and paired with other materials to serve as a tool kit for high school and college classes, she said. Cassie also plans to visit schools and speak about her travels and “Peace through Tourism” while she also urges them to live their dreams.
Cassie has considerable travel experience having traveled to the Amazon, Turkey, Italy, Egypt and several other countries while doing internships in renewable hospitality at hotels across the world.
Courtesy photo Cassie De Pecol in the cockpit of a four-seater in the Ecuadorian Amazon with Achuar symbolic face paint on
Cassie’s trip has been seven months in the planning stages and while she has some investors and celebrity endorsements, she is now looking for corporate sponsors to help fund her trip.
Cassie also aims to build a community around her trip, inviting interested persons to join her through social media. She has a multitude of pages — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Pinterest and will be doing weekly Youtube videos to show highlights of where she’s been. A live tracking system will show her location on a map on her website and she’ll host Q & A's on her blog.
“I’m excited to get a culture, a community going of people who are interested in this sort of thing. I’m hoping people will get involved,” she said.
Find Cassie De Pecol at http://cassiedepecol.com.
IIPT World Symposium to feature “Golf for Peace” Day with special Invitation to International Delegates
IIPT and Living Golf will come together commemorating the legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr. for a special day of “IIPT Golf for Peace.”
All delegates, and international delegates in particular, are invited to team up with South African hosts for a truly authentic experience at Glendower Golf Club. ‘Let’s Play’ as “Ambassadors for Peace” - building bridges of friendship among people from different cultures, backgrounds and nationalities.
Glendower Golf Club has a proud history dating back to 1935. It is an exquisitely designed, highly ranked parkland golf course in Johannesburg, South Africa. A challenging golf course set amidst gorgeous surroundings, Glendower Golf Club is said to be a test for the world’s best golfers. Glendower has hosted many of South Africa’s flagship tournaments and this month will host the prestigious104th South African Open Championship
The “IIPT Golf for Peace” Day is being organized by Franz Rolinck, Amanda St. George, Bunny Bhoola, Ajit Sikand, Bernadette Nickol, and Lance Ibouah.
The Golf for Peace Day will be held immediately following the Symposium, Friday, February 20.
When registering for the Symposium – please indicate your intention to participate in the “IIPT Golf for Peace” Day – website: http://www.iiptsymposium.com/
Golf is an international sport played by individuals and supported in a team spirit. All players are equal due to the unique handicap system. Sharing a long walk to freedom while discussing cultural experiences, transcending borders and language, celebrating differences and diversity.
It is based on authenticity, values, transparency, openness and honesty. Golf has become a high-end sport which contributes to a significant role in worldwide tourism. Yet,it is often seen as an individual, unsustainable sport - exclusive and elitist. The origins of golf on the ancient 16th Century golf links of Scotland tell a different story. It was played by the community on local common land, for leisure and showcasing the promotion of life and leadership skills - where all are equal. It is a powerful tool overcoming social barriers and to form lasting relationships.
Tourism offers an opportunity for many cultures to play together and to share their history - a long walk to freedom. It offers players an opportunity to share their backgrounds and traditions, to understand how diversity within a world of conflict may be resolved - talking together - walking together - playing together.
The format is to play 18 holes in groups of four players (2 South Africans and 2 visitors). Each hole will be guided by the legacy of our three inspirational leaders - Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King Jr - contributing to international understanding and cooperation, resolution of conflict and mobilising the travel and tourism industry as the world’s first Global Peace Industry.
"Let’s Play" celebrates our diversity for tourism, friendship and peace throughout the world, Friday 20th February 2015.
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Second IIPT Croatia Cycle for Peace by
Prof. Tomica Plukavek
2014 saw the continuation of IIPT Croatia’s Cycling for Peace.
In May, Professor Tomica Plukavec represented IIPT and IIPT Croatia in the international cycling event “Marija Zvijezda” leading one of seven groups cycling the route from Croatia to Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina where a “Prayer for Peace” was held by all taking part.
IIPT Croatia supported this event for its special message of peaceful coexistence between different nations and religions in the region and highlighting the peace message of Pope John Paul II, as the event was dedicated to his honour. The event was organised by Drina Cavar, President of the not for profit organisation Kristov Stol.
Later in the year, Professor Plukavec, undertook his second IIPT “Cycling for Peace” journey that was even more ambitious than his 2013 journey - cycling 1893 km starting in Zagreb and travelling via Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Italy to finish in Croatia again, at the city of Zadar, in support of this year’s IIPT theme: ”No More War!” marking the centenary of WWI.
In Sarajevo, he was welcomed by Advisor to the Mayor, Professor dr. Sahrudin Sarajcic on behalf of the City and the Mayor.
Local friends of IIPT kept entertained Prof. Plukavek prior to continuinghis journey. We offerspecial thanks to Miss Nina Marjanovic, who provided logistical assistance on part of his journey through Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In Dubrovnik, Tomica received an especially warm welcome and gifts from our friends at FE Lindjo led by their new Director Josipa Pavlovic – Tabak, as well as President of Skal Club Dubrovnik, Mirjana Kovacevic and Hrvoje Ljubimir, Owner of agency Adria Congress. Tomica had the opportunity to attend a beautiful performance by members of FE Lindjo at the Dubrovnik Summer Festival and was welcomed by Restaurant Mimosa for a relaxing dinner. Special thanks to all our IIPT friends in Dubrovnik, especially to Hrvoje Ljubimir, who helped with all the arrangements.
The journey continued through Montenegro to reach the ferry from Bar to Bari in Italy.
Once in Italy, Professor Plukavec turned South to visit Cisternino, honouring the President and Founder of IIPT, Louis D’Amore, whose family roots lie in Cisternino. While there, he met with the Mayor of Cisternino, Hon. Donato Baccaro shown by the sign Cisternino, “Town of Peace” in the photo on the left, and the town church in the background where Louis' mother sang during marriage ceremonies – and with the Mayor and Louis’ cousin Michele Palumbo (far right) in the photo below. The interpreter was Giovanni Maglieri on the left in the second photo.
After departing Cisternino, Professor Plukavec travelled North bound visiting a number of towns and cities including Padova and San Giovanni Rotonda, prior to reaching Ancona to take a restful journey to Zadar in Croatia where he completed his journey and took a deserved rest before continuing home to Zagreb.
For his outstanding performance and dedication to the cause of IIPT and IIPT Croatia, Professor Tomislav Plukavec has been appointed Ambassador of IIPT Croatia.
IIPT Croatia is continuing to work on the Cycling for Peace programme, as well as a new educational programme in terms of grass root education for children concerning environmental protection and understanding of foreign cultures, while working on development of positive connections with other organisations in and outside Croatia to support propagation of the idea of Peace.
For more information –
Please contact Sneshka Richter, President and Founder, IIPT Croatia,
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IIPT End of Year Fundraising Drive
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) will be commemorating the 30th anniversary of its birth in 2016. It was in 1986, the UN International Year of Peace, that IIPT was born with a vision of travel and tourism becoming the “world’s first global peace industry” and the belief that “Every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.”
The coming year will be a major year for bold new initiatives as we hold our 17th international conference and 7th global summit in South Africa, 16-19 February honoring the legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr - and prepare for our 30th anniversary year.
We accordingly are asking for financial support from our IIPT friends and supporters – both new and old – in achieving our goal of US$ 25,000 in our first ever “Fund Raising Drive.”
Your contribution in any amount is welcome. Please make your checks payable to IIPT and send to:
685 Cottage Club Rd – Unit 13
Stowe, VT 05672
Contributions by U.S. citizens are tax deductible.
Persons preferring to make a contribution by wire transfer can please send an email to: email@example.com – and wire transfer details will be forwarded.
A brief history and selected pioneering achievements of IIPT
IIPT was born in response to the global issues of the early 1980’s - growing tensions between East and West and the rhetoric of an “Evil Empire;” the gap between have and have not regions of the world was widening; the environment continuing to be degraded; early indications of global warming were beginning to surface, and international terrorism was increasing.
IIPT set out to be a travel and tourism industry response to these global issues and to shape the critical role that one of the world’s largest industries could play in each of these areas – indeed, had a responsibility to play in these areas, if only in its own enlightened self-interest.
IIPT was formed following three years of “seeding” the idea for an international conference on Tourism and Peace during which early responses were “what does tourism have to do with peace?” – “Peace, that’s government’s job” – “We should focus on things we have control over.”
In 1985 and ’86, terrorism peaked – most of it aimed at the travel and tourism industry with airplane hijackings, hijacking of the MS Achille Lauro cruise ship, coordinated attacks on Rome and Vienna airports, and more. Around the world, tourism went down by one third – and leaders of the industry recognized that without peace – there is no tourism.
The IIPT First Global Conference: Tourism – a Vital Force for Peace soon got support from the highest levels of the travel and tourism industry in Canada and was held in Vancouver, October 1988 with 800 delegates from 67 countries and video taped messages from Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan to start the proceedings in the Opening Ceremony. Feedback from delegates was that it was the “best Conference they had ever attended.”
The Vancouver Conference first introduced the concept of Sustainable Tourism Development – four years prior to the Rio Summit; and as well a new awareness of the immense potential for building a “Culture of Peace through Tourism.”
At a time when most tourism was “mass tourism” – IIPT introduced a new paradigm for a “Higher Purpose of Tourism” - 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 post-conflict socio-economic redevelopment.
IIPT pioneered other areas as well – developing the world’s first Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism; conducting the first international study on models of best practice related to tourism and environment and facilitating the first tourism legislation in support of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.
Major initiatives have included “Peace Parks Across Canada” commemorating Canada’s 125th birthday as a nation with 350 cities and towns dedicating a park to peace as a National Peacekeeping monument was unveiled in Ottawa. And building on this success – its Global Peace Parks initiative and currently in partnership with Skal International – the IIPT/Skal Cities, Towns and Villages of Peace Project.
The IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism Culture and Sport carries forward with these IIPT pioneering initiatives as we honor the legacies of the world’s three champions of peace and non-violent resistance, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. with the aim of furthering their legacies by building bridges of tourism, friendship and peace in regions throughout the world. Please see our December newsletter for more information - http://www.iipt.org/newsletter/2014/december.html
Photo (left): Bucharest first capital city dedicated as an IIPT/Skal City of Peace with Skal International Executive Council Members participating and Photo (right): Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, First President of Zambia and Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization planting olive tree during re-dedication of IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls, Zambia – Opening Day of the UNWTO 20th General Assembly.
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, cooperation among nations, an improved quality of environment, cultural enhancement and the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction, reconciliation and healing wounds of conflicts; 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.”