August 2015 Edition


IIPT India to Host Two Major Sessions as Part of the

First  Maharashatra International Travel Mart (MITM)

September 28-30, 2015


indiatwoFrom September 28-30, 2015, the Department of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, India is hosting the1st MITM in Mumbai and IIPT India is conducting two major sessions of 90 minutes each addressed by eminent Indian and international speakers including a senior representative of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) on the subjects of: 

* Tourism as a tool for prosperity and peace;

* The critical role of women in tourism and strategies for women empowerment.


IIPT India President, Ajay Prakash, Vice President Kiran Yadav, IIPT President, Dr. Louis D’Amore

Also, IIPT India will conduct the IIPT India Peace Awards for empowered women in Indian tourism and hospitality to recognize outstanding women who have empowered themselves and continue to empower other women as role models and mentors. 


It is anticipated that well over 500 senior business and government leaders as well as representatives of the media from India and globally will attend each of these major sessions and the Peace Awards Dinner.


Over 5,000 industry professionals are expected to attend MITM over these three days.


Additionally, IIPT India, in association with Maharashtra Tourism and TravelBiz Monitor, the leading travel trade publication in India, is arranging a CEO’s breakfast on September 30 where approximately 50-60 CEOs of Indian and select international companies are expected to attend to interact with the Chief Minister and senior State government officials who will lay out the goverment's roadmap to facilitate business development, discuss the business environment and investment opportunities, and to network with each other.


India delegation with IIPT India President, Ajay Prakash and Vice President Kiran Yadav together with enthusiastic students from India who participated in the Symposium and International Student Forum and other delegates


The MITM, and especially the focused events conducted by IIPTI, present a powerful opportunity to interact and network with the state government and influential business leaders.


The Global Awards for empowered women is currently being planned for ITB Berlin next March in association with U. N. World Tourism Organization and ITB to be held as part of the India Forum at ITB and will be attended by Indian government officials, UNWTO and tourism professionals from across the world.



Global journey for Peace through Tourism Begins


Cassandra (Cassie) De Pecol was a special guest at the IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport held at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, South Africa, 16 to 19 February, 2015.


The action oriented Symposium featured the launch of Cassie’s global journey to all 196 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 began her journey on 24 July, 2015 with the goal of visiting all 196 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.


CassieCassie is calling her voyage "Expedition 196" and 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). Skal International is collaborating with IIPT and Cassie, arranging for her to meet with Skal Presidents and other leaders as she enters countries where Skal has a national chapter. She also looks forward to meeting with students giving motivational talks, sharing her experiences and promoting Peace through Tourism by encouraging them to be "Ambassadors for Peace" in their travels - and at home in their own countries.

Cassie announcing her Global Journey for Peace at IIPT World Symposium, South Africa


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 sustainable human, social and economic development.”


People from around the world are invited to follow her journey on Facebook “Expedition 196”. For the course of her journey Cassie plans to share with the world her top three favorite things about each country. She will also explore ecosystems and communities to understand their cultural norms and why one should visit that place. She hopes that this communication shall help heighten the worlds understanding about peaceful tourism.


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.

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 also plans to visit schools and speak about her travels and “Peace through Tourism” while she also urges them to live their dreams.

Find Cassie De Pecol at



IIPT to Dedicate International Peace Park at

UNWTO General Assembly, Medellin, Colombia


IIPT will again dedicate an International Peace Park at the UNWTO 21st General Assembly as it did at Victoria Falls on Opening Day of the 20th General Assembly, August 2013 jointly hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe.


The ceremony will take place at lunchtime, Friday, September 11, just prior to the start of the General Assembly. Featured participant in the ceremony will be UNWTO Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai. Other participants will include dignitaries from Colombia and international dignitaries.  


All delegates to the UNWTO General Assembly are invited including members of the press corps. Details of the Peace Park Location and program are currently being determined and will be patterned after the re-dedication of the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls, Opening Day of the UNWTO 20th General Assembly.


Kaunda_Rifai_IIPTRe-dedication of the IIPT International Peace Park at Victoria Falls was the featured event on Opening Day of the UNWTO General Assembly with Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General giving the main address at the Ceremony. Other speakers included: Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, the first President of Zambia; King Mukuni of the Leya People on whose land Victoria Falls is located; H.E. Akel Biltaji, representing H.M. King Abdullah II of Jordan; and IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore.


Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa, Vice Chancellor of Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) was Master of Ceremony and organizer of the event.

Dr. Kenneth Kaunda and Dr. Taleb Rifai planting Olive tree from Jordan

Also taking part in the re-dedication were:Hon. Sylvia Masebo, Minister of Tourism and

Arts, Zambia; Hon. Alain St. Ange, Minister of Tourism, Seychelles; Charlotte Scott, wife of Zambia;  Vice President, Guy Scott; Thomas Steinmetz, Publisher, eTurbo News and Chairman, International  Council  of Tourism Partners (ICTP) and Prof. Geoffrey Lipman, President of International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP).




Inaugural Australian IIPT/Skal Peace Park Dedicated


loneThe inaugural Australian IIPT - International Institute for Peace through Tourism and SKAL International Peace Park, was commemorated this past April at Leura in the Blue Mountains, Sydney, Australia.


His Excellency Mr. Reha Keskintepe, Ambassador of Turkey, and Mark Greenhill, Mayor Blue Mountains City Council dedicated the Lone Pine Peace Park which coincided with the “Great Gathering of Peace, Friendship and Understanding in Istanbul, marking the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign of WW1 and a call for peace across all nations.” 

ussell Butler, President, Skal Australia; Martina Keskintepe (wife of Ambassador for Australia);Mark Greenhill, Mayor of Blue Mountains City Council, Ambassador Reha Keskintepe for Turkey; Don McGregor,BMCCY and Gail Parsonage, President, IIPT Australia

The joint initiative of IIPT and SKAL in collaboration with the Blue Mountains City Council and Central Blue Mountains Rotary saw the establishment of the Lone Pine Peace Park located within the Gordon Falls Reserve, Leura IIPT Peace Park - Australiaand part of the UNESCO Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.


Gail Parsonage President of IIPT Australia said that  the “Lone Pine Peace Park, becomes the first IIPT-SKAL Peace Park in Australia and joins the Global network of Peace Parks and Peace Cities/Towns/Villages which IIPT and SKAL International have initiated .” 

Dignitaries planting a Peace Tree

army“We hope that more regions and towns with tourism interests will take up the invitation and be part of the program which encourages the Tourism Industry to create a “Culture of Peace” and for all travellers to be Peace Ambassadors.”


Over 200 persons were in attendance for the dedication which included  the Australian Army "Catafalque Party", a welcome by the Indigenous Elder, and speeches by Mark Greenhill, Mayor, Blue Mountains, and Amb. Reha Keskintepe, Ambassador of Turkey.  The ceremony included the unveiling of two plaques and the planting of two Lone Pine trees, symbolic of the ANZAC/Turkey, WWI Gallipoli campaign and in keeping with the tradition of tree planting for our Peace Parks.


Australian Army Catafalque Ceremony



IIPT Bids Farewell to Barry Bonitto


IIPT bids farewell to Barry Bonitto, active executive of IIPT Caribbean and partner of Diana McIntyre Pike, President of IIPT Caribbean.


barryBarry was born in in Port Maria, St. Mary, Jamaica, attended high school in London, England and Canada and studied Aeronuatical Engineering and Business Administration in University. He served for 27 years as a Commissioned Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces where he received several awards for his leadership and management skills. He also received awards for his dedicated community service in both Jamaica and Canada.


Barry, together with Diana McIntyre Pike established the Countrystyle Institute for Sustainable Tourism (CIST) where over 5000 students were trained over a period of seven years in basic hospitality skills and community tourism entrepreneurship. Barry also assisted with the training in communities regarding village tourism in Jamaica and other Caribbean countries which led to the branding of the “Villages as Businesses Program.

Barry leading a community tourism workshop



dianabarryBarry became a Director of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Caribbean in 1997 and continued in this role till 2015. In this capacity, he paved the way forward in promoting the IIPT/SKAL Peace Towns and Villages program in Jamaica and the Caribbean. He also assisted in developing the Community Tourism Trust Fund (COMTRUST) business plan with the goal of providing funding support for community projects and businesses in Jamaica.


Barry served as President, Vice President, and Executive Board member for numerous organizations in both Jamaica and Canada; the Boards of a number organizations and was a consultant on several major projects. Barry was an active member of Tranquility Baptist Church, Jamaica, and enjoyed being a professional photographer, reading, sports, outdoor activities, farming, working with youth and community groups and public speaking.


He will be missed by his family, relatives, friends and IIPT.

Barry and Diana in Negril



IIPT to Launch 30th Anniversary Year

At World Travel Market

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) will launch the 30th Anniversary Year since its birth in 1986, the U.N. International Year of Peace, with a special Platinum Suite event at World Travel Market.

                             Platinum Suite 1

                             5:00 to 6:00 PM

                             Wed. 4 November

                             Reception to follow


The IIPT special event will highlight the experience of Northern Ireland in its transformation from a nation of conflict to sustainable tourism development with its related socio-cultural, economic and political benefits. Emphasis will be given to lessons learned and their application to areas of the world currently experiencing conflict.


drtalebrifaiDr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will open the session with his insights from a global perspective. This will be followed by a panel discussion with leaders from Northern Ireland and selected leaders from areas currently experiencing conflict.


A reception will immediately follow, also in Platinum Suite 1, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM featuring brief performances of Music 4 Peace and Poetry 4 Peace.

 We look forward to seeing you at both the Platinum Suite special event and the reception.

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, 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.”

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