February 2014

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25 yearsIIPT to Commemorate 25th Anniversary at ITB

In Support of World War I Centenary – “No More War”

Friday, 7th of March 2014, 13:00 to 14:00

Hall 4.1, Large Stage

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 at this year’s ITB. The IIPT 25th anniversary event is in support of the “World War I Centenary” with its theme of “No More War”.


Featured speakers include: Zoltan Somogyi, Executive Director, Programme & Coordination, World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP); Elke Dens, Marketing Director, Visit Flanders; Ivy Chee, Regional Director, East Asia, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); and Nigel Pilkington, Director, Public Relations & Communications, Skal International. Speakers will share their perspectives on “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism.”


Geoffrey Lipman
Zolton Somogyi
Geoffrey Lipman
Geoffrey Lipman
Ivy Chee
Elke Dens
Ivy Chee
Ivy Chee
Nigel Pilkington


IIPT is also pleased to have Cordula Wohlmuther, UNWTO with us who will make a special announcement regarding launch of the "International Handbook of Tourism and Peace" publication. The event will be moderated by Sandy Dhuyvetter, Executive Producer and Host, TravelTalkRADIO as well as BusinessTravelRADIO and TravelTalkTELEVISION.
Photos: Sandy Dhuyvetter (left) and Cordula Wohlmuther (right)


The event will pay tribute to 10 “Peace Makers” of the past 100 years; highlight achievements of the Peace through Tourism Movement over the past 25 years and present IIPT planned “legacy projects” of the 25th anniversary year.


IIPT Founder and President said, “IIPT is most proud to support the Great War Centenary with its theme of ‘No More War’ – and to welcome 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.”


The IIPT First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital for Peace 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 – together with 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


We look forward to you joining us at:

                   ITB, Berlin

                   Friday, 7th of March 2014, 13:00 to 14:00

Hall 4.1, Large Stage

25 yearsIIPT Launches Second year ofConsortium of Collaborating Universities


The International Institute for Peace through Tourism received an enthusiastic response to the launch of its Consortium of Collaborating Universities (IIPT – CCU) last year. More than twenty universities responded from regions throughout the world including Africa, Asia, North America, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean and South Pacific to become founding members of the consortium.


IIPT-CCU was launched with the aim of encouraging scholarly research in the various dimensions of Peace through Tourism among third and fourth year tourism and hospitality students. A selection of submitted papers will be published – and the student writing the paper judged to be most outstanding will receive a US$1500 Scholarship.


Emphasis is on original research of case studies in one of the following dimensions of “Peace through Tourism” –

- Promoting international understanding among peoples and cultures;

- Collaboration among nations; 

- Protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity;

- Enhancing cultures and valuing heritage;

- Sustainable development;

- Poverty reduction; and

- Reconciliation and healing wounds of conflict through tourism, culture and Sport.


Students may consider any other topic area for a case study that is of particular interest as long as it is related to the theme “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism.”


We ask that final submissions not exceed 3,000 words in length. Research papers should be submitted not later than 1 August 2014. The Scholarship winner and selected research papers for publication will be announced during the week of 21 September 2014 (the UN International Day of Peace) and 27 September 2014 (World Tourism Day).


Invitation to Universities

Universities interested in participating in the program are invited to contact

Louis D’Amore, Email: ljd@iipt.org.


LIUTEBM LogoThe IIPT Consortium of Collaborating Universities (IIPT – CCU) is housed at Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) in Lusaka, Zambia.

Art Beyond BordersArt Beyond Borders, PostCards from The World

to be Launched by TIMOTCA


Art Beyond Borders, PostCards From The World ® will premier the world’s largest student open art competition offering a unique and rewarding international student art competition aimed at setting new standards in student art and generating global awareness of the importance of art in our lives and in our shared experiences.


Plans are for an opening of the winning pieces at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, in Washington D.C. on September 21, 2014 celebrating the United Nations “International Day of Peace”.  As well, an additional 5 to 10 exhibits are planned at international airports.


Two hundred and fifty countries have been identified for participation and to date, over 60 countries have accepted TIMOTCA’s invitation, having officially chosen their most celebrated artists for the TIMOTCA Nomination Document. One master artist has been selected from each country and has contributed an original work of art for TIMOTCA’s permanent collection “Art Beyond Borders.”


Art Beyond Borders, PostCards From The World is being launched by TIMOTCA, The International Museum of Twenty-first Century Arts. TIMOTCA was founded in 1980 to foster peace and cultural understanding through the universal language of art and to build the world’s first global Peace Monument and Cultural Center presenting the visual and performing arts of every country on earth.


Art Beyond Borders Exhibition premiered at United Nations Headquarters under the sponsorship of UNESCO, and has been exhibited at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and at venues across America, providing a platform to showcase our common creative spirit and quest for peace.


During the years, TIMOTCA has expanded Art Beyond Borders to create many programs, including Art Beyond Borders in “banner” format, accompanied by a Teacher’s Guide. It has traveled to hundreds of schools and public venues across the USA receiving praise from Governors, Mayors, teachers and visitors. And, now, Art Beyond Borders, PostCards From The World, will take the message of our shared hope for peace to millions around the world.

 Kofi Annan

 Art Beyond Borders is an exhibition with a mission that is both timeless and timely. Spreading cultural knowledge is a timeless pursuit that encourages tolerance and appreciation of those different from ourselves.

                              Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General, United Nations


Persons wishing to learn more about Art Beyond Borders, PostCards From the World ® are invited to contact Ed Solomon, Email: e.t.solomon@gmail.com

Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism Publication Now Available


IIPT Climate Change bookMeeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism: Case Studies of Best Practice is now available from Cambridge Scholars Publishers.  The Publication is based on papers presented at the 5th IIPT African Conference in Lusaka, Zambia and selected other contributors. It is an indispensable source of insights and models of best practice relating to the mitigation of and adaptation to climate change by various sectors of the industry.


You can order directly from the publisher at:


25 years


Your Support for IIPT 25th Anniversary Legacy Projects Appreciated


IIPT will be commemorating the twenty-fifth Anniversary of its First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace throughout 2014. Your support for our 25th Anniversary Legacy Projects would be greatly appreciated. Contributions from U.S. Citizens are tax deductible. Your checks payable to IIPT can be sent to:  

                   Louis D’Amore


                   685 Cottage Club Road #13

                   Stowe, VT 05672

Your generous support in any amount for our efforts towards “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism is very much appreciated.


The First Global Conference held in Vancouver brought together 800 delegates from 67 countries with video-taped messages from Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan featured in the Opening Ceremony. Honorary Chairman of the Conference was H.E. Vigdis Finnbogadottir, President of Iceland – the first elected woman Head of State in the world.



The Vancouver Conference was a milestone event for the travel and tourism industry introducing for the first time the concept of ‘Sustainable Tourism Development’ – four years prior to the Rio Summit. The Conference also introduced an new paradigm of tourism, “A 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.


Legacy Projects

Legacy Projects for our 25th Anniversary year include:

- A goal of 500 cities, towns and villages in countries around the world dedicating themselves to peace. The project is being implemented in partnership with Skal International, the world’s largest organization of travel industry executives with 18,000 members in 450 cities in 85 countries.

- Peace Tours to Morocco and Iran.

- Consortium of Collaborating Universities encouraging research in “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism.”

- Executive Ambassador Program with retired Skal International members contributing their skills pro bono to developing countries.

- Support for a Skal Red Sea Chapter Conference bringing together industry leaders from Jordan, Israel, Egypt and Palestine.

Other initiatives to be announced during the year.

Your kind and generous support is very much appreciated.

IIPT Peace Park_ThailandUnity Peace Park, CanadaUganda Peace Park - Tree Planting_IIPT
Photos above (left to right): IIPT Peace Park dedication in Pattaya as the city is declared a "City of Peace", Unity Peace Park Richmond Hill Ontario, Canada, IIPT President Louis D'Amore planting the first peace tree at Uganda Martyr's Trail Peace Park.

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: www.iipt.org
Tel: (802) 253-8671
Fax: (802) 253-2645
Email: ljd@iipt.org

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