May 2015


IIPT World Symposium Achieves Major Outcomes:

Twelve IIPT Legacy Projects Announced


The recently held IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport was a huge success resulting in twelve IIPT Legacy Projects being launched as IIPT prepares to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary since its birth in 1986 – the UN International Year of Peace.


The highly interactive and spirited Symposium held at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, South Africa honored the legacies of the world’s three great champions of Peace and Non-Violent Resistance: Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and also commemorated the 50th Anniversary of African Union, 20 years of South African Democracy, and 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Legislation in the United States. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was Patron of the Symposium.

Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela

Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King, Jr

Mahatma Gandhi

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu

IIPT was most honored to have Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Mr. David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) as the Symposium Keynote Speakers and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as Patron of the Symposium. Archbishop Tutu graced the Opening Ceremony with his greetings and blessing of the Symposium. As well, a special message from Pope Francis was read during the Opening Ceremony.


Special guests included Ms. Naomi King, widow of Rev. A. D. King, the only brother of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and co-founder of the A. D. King Foundation; and Ms, Nandi Mandela, Director of Mediclinic International; Co-Director at Linda Masinga & Associates; and granddaughter of Nelson Mandela. Both Ms. King and Ms. Mandela addressed the Symposium in a plenary session moderated by Ms. Anita Mendiratta who facilitated an informative and inspiring interactive dialogue that gave depth and substance to honoring the legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.


Taleb Rifai

Dr. Taleb Rifai
David Scowsill

Mr. David Scowsill
Anita Mendiratta

Ms. Anita Mendiratta
Ms. Naomi King

Ms. Naomi King
Ms. Nandi Mandela

Ms. Nandi Mandela

The Symposium brought together leading practitioners from 34 countries whose spirited interaction resulted in the following IIPT Legacy Projects as IIPT prepares for its 30th Anniversary Year in 2016.


Peaceful Traveler Campaign
Galeo SaintzThe Peaceful Traveler Campaign was proposed by Galeo Saintz, Founder of the Wild Peace Alliance. Its aim is to launch a global campaign creating awareness and broad distribution of the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler through travel writers and journalists, in-flight airline magazines, travel journals, publications and websites, guide books, text books, travel blogs etc. as well as IIPT partners, chapters and networks, travel agents and tour operators. Persons and organizations interested in collaborating on this initiative are invited to email: with copies to and


Danube Peace Boat Project

The Danube Peace Boat Project was proposed by. Dr. Jovan Popesku, Full ProfessorDr. Jovan Popescu at SINGIDUNUM UNIVERSITY, Belgrade, Serbia. The Danube Peace Boat will be a floating intercultural classroom launched on July 20, 2015 traveling along the Danube River through Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia and Serbia. The Peace Boar is organized by the Media Education Centre and International Youth Media Summit with support of the Centre for Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Development. For more information and to participate, please contact Miomir Rajcevic, Email: with a copy to Dr. Jovan Popesku, Email:


Mathieu HoeberigsGlobal Youth Platform for Peace
The Global Youth Platform for Peace was proposed by Mathieu Hoeberigs, Principal Administrator, European Commission and Nishit Charadva, Coordinator, IIPT International Student/Youth Leadership Network. The aim for this internet based platform is to provide a new medium for students, young professionals, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to discuss, learn, collaborate, share best practices and raise awareness in promoting peace through tourism. Students, young professionals, including non-profit organizations from all over the globe will be invited to register to be part of this youth platform. For more information and to participate, email: with a copy to


Destination Alliance for Southern AfricaDaniella Sachs

The Destination Alliance for Southern Africa (DASA) is a project of Sustainable Travel International proposed by Daniella Sachs, Lead Advisor, Southern Africa Region. DASA will help to improve the management and long-term viability of tourism in the region, leading to increase in employment opportunities, stronger communities and, conservation of cultural and natural heritage. DASA’s aim is to unlock the power of tourism to positively impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of women and young people in at least five Southern Africa destinations by 2018. For more information:


Birad YajnikGandhi Youth Summit

The Gandhi Youth Summit was proposed and is being organized by Mr. Birad Rajaram Yajnik, author, speaker and curator. The Summit will honor the legacies of Mahatma Gandhi. For more information:


Sports Programs in Post-Conflict CountriesSteve DeVoss

The Sports Programs in Post-Conflict countries was proposed and will be implemented by Steve DeVoss, Founder and President, Global Sports Partners. This initiative will organize sports and recreation activities, tournaments and festivals in Post-Conflict areas to foster post-conflict mutual understanding and harmony and to promote tourism as a demonstration of solidarity and contribution to economic re-development. For more information:


Ajay PrakashIIPT Kite Flying Festival “One Sky One World”

The IIPT Kite Flying Festival was proposed and will be implemented by Ajay Prakash, President, IIPT India. This will take place on January 14, 2016 as part of the Kite Flying Festival in India. Children will be engaged in both making and flying “kites for peace.” For more information: Dr. Toni Neubauer

Building an IIPT Library in India
Proposed and to be implemented by Dr. Antonia Neubauer, President, Myths and Mountains, Inc. and Founder READ (Rural Education and Development) Global. Aim of the project is to develop a self-sustaining library in a rural community of India. For more information and to support the self-sustaining library:

Nishit CharadvaMt. Kiliminjaro Climb for Peace
Proposed and to be implemented by Nishit Charadva, Coordinator, IIPT International Student/Youth Leadership Network and Kunjal Charadva, IIPT Program Coordinator. The climb will be made by young people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. Activities at base camp will include a youth retreat, an infant vaccination program and building a school or community library. For more information, contact or

Community Tourism MagazineDiana McIntyre Pike
A quarterly online magazine proposed and to be implemented by Diana McIntyre Pike, President, IIPT Caribbean Chapter and President/Founder, Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses (CCTN/VAB). The quarterly will promote tourism in various countries and their communities – focusing on one country at a time.

Kunjal Charadva - IIPTCommunity Herbal Gardens
Proposed and to be implemented by Kunjal Charadva, IIPT Program Coordinator and Nishit Charadva, Coordinator, IIPT International Student/Youth Leadership Network. Aim of the project is to promote the development of community herbal gardens that will grow herbs with medicinal value for use by the community. For more information, contact

Global Journey for Peace Launched at

IIPT World Symposium


Cassie De PecolThe 12th and most imminent legacy project launched at the IIPT World Symposium is a record breaking Global Joruney for Peace. Cassandra (Cassie) De Pecol will set out on July 15 traveling as an IIPT Ambassador for Peace to all 196 sovereign nations as she promotes a “Culture of Peace through Tourism” in each of the nations, cities, towns and villages she visits.


Cassie’s goal is to visit 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. 


Cassie intends to meet with national and chapter presidents of Skal International during her global journey and as well with children, youth and people of her generation with the aim of being 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 of peace 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. 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 intends 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.

Persons, organizations and corporations wishing to sponsor Cassie’s trip are invited to email: with a copy to:


Find Cassie De Pecol at


IIPT/Skal Village, City, Municipalities and Region of Peace Announced at Special Coca-Cola Luncheon


IIPT was most proud to have Coca-Cola South Africa as title sponsor of its World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport. As South Africa’s favorite brand, Coca-Cola is known as the company doing the most for community upliftment in South Africa and therefore was the perfect Title Sponsor of the IIPT World Symposium.


IIPT Founder and President, Dr. Louis D’Amore expressed his “sincere appreciation to Ms. Therese Gearhart, President, Coca-Cola South Africa for its generous support as Title Sponsor of the Symposium and to senior executive and global thinker, Ms. Cath Coetzer who opened her presentation with the world’s all time number one commercial, Coca-Cola’s “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony” recorded in 1971 on a hill top in Italy with young people from countries throughout the world.

Theresa Gearhart
Ms. Therese Gearhart
Cath Coetzer
Ms. Cath Coetzer

Following Ms. Coetzer’s featured presentation, Dr. D’Amore acknowledged and presented IIPT plaques with the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler and artist Padre Johnson’s “portrait of the global family” to the following:


* IIPT/Skal Village of Peace Battir, Palestine, a UNESCO world heritage site in the midst of a conflict zone in Palestine, Mr. Akram Bader, Mayor of Battir, Palestine;


* IIPT/Skal City of Peace - Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, where Mahatma Gandhi was forcefully removed from a train 120 years ago – the incident that resulted in the world-wide Non-Violence Movement, His Worship, the Mayor of Msunduzi Municipality, Cllr C. J. Ndlela;


* IIPT/Skal Metropolitan Municipality Peace - Ekurhuleni, South Africa, Host City of the Symposium;


* IIPT/Skal Metropolitan Municipality of PeaceTshwane (Pretoria), South Africa


* IIPT/Skal International Region of Peace - “DrielandenPunt Peace Project Vaals”, including the “Tri-Country” area of Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands in the Border Region of Maastricht –Heuvelland, organized by Skal International Limburg, Mr. Peter Helleman, President and presented to Mr. Mathieu Hoeberigs representing Skal International Limburg.


IIPT PeacePark presentation 


IIPT and Skal International are cooperating in a campaign promoting Cities, Towns and Villages of Peace – each actively committed to promoting values of tolerance, non-violence, gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment, environmental awareness, and sustainable social and economic development.


Skål International is the world’s largest membership organization of travel and tourism industry executives with some 17,000 members in 400 chapters in 87 countries, and members from each sector of the industry. 


Persons interested in learning more about the IIPT/Skal Cities, Towns and Villages of Peace program are invited to email:

IIPT Scholarship Awarded to
Inter-disciplinary team of PhD Candidates


IIPT has always given emphasis to “future leaders of the industry.” Accordingly, each of its international conferences beginning with the First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace, Vancouver 1988 has included both a full day Educators Forum and full day Student/Youth Leadership Forum on the day preceding the conference. As well, an IIPT scholarship has been awarded to the college/university student writing the best paper on the theme of the Conference.


More recently, the scholarship has been awarded to the inter-disciplinary team of 3-5 students writing the best paper on the theme of the conference – recognizing that today’s complex global issues require an inter-disciplinary approach to their solutions.


Scholarship Awards Winners 2015The special Coca-Cola Luncheon served as the platform to present this year’s IIPT Scholarship award of US $2,500 to the inter-disciplinary team of 3-5 students writing the best paper on the Symposium Theme: Building Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport.


IIPT Founder and President, Dr. Louis D’Amore was most pleased to present this year’s IIPT World Symposium Scholarship Award to a team of Inter-disciplinary PhD candidates: Kennedy Obombo Magio and Carlos Alberto Rios Galvan Universidad de Occidente, México; Geoffrey Riungu Koome, Clemson University, USA; and Joseph Muiruri Njoroge,University of Hamburg, Germany. Kennedy Obombo Magio received the award on behalf of the team.

IIPT India Launches Educators Network


Ajay PrakashAjay Prakash and Kiran Yadav, Co-founders of IIPTI (International Institute for Peace Through Tourism – India), launched their educational initiative in tourism and hospitality, "Educators Network Forum" (ENF), at Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Management Studies & Research (SVIMS) in Wadala, Mumbai on April 28, 2015.


At the event, the IIPT India ENF office, located at the SVIMS campus, was also inaugurated. Mrs. Valsa Nair Singh, Secretary - Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, was the Chief Guest at the event, while Dr Sitikantha Mishra, Chairman, Board of Tourism & Hospitality Studies, AICTE( All India Council for Technical Eduucation), was the Guest of Honour. Also present were a number of luminaries including Prof Sandeep Kulshreshtha – Director IITTM (Indian Institute for Travel Trade Management), Prof. Sheroo Rangnekar – eminent management expert, Mr. Rajiv Duggal – Senior VP, Tourism, Hospitality & Education, Lavasa Corporation, Airline Managers, Travel Trade Associations’ representatives, Travel Agents, Tour Operators and media.

The IIPTI Educators Network Forum is part of IIPT’s global Consortium of Collaborating Universities which seeks to facilitate student exchange programs and faculty interaction amongst the 22 international universities that currently comprise it. All the Universities offer courses in Travel & Tourism.

Dr. Sitikantha Mishra, in his address, commended the initiative to constitute the Educators Network Forum and called upon IIPT India to give inputs on upgradation and syllabus development at the IITTM.


Mr, Ajay Prakash, who is also the President of IIPT India, said, “Every tourist is an ambassador of peace. We are looking at conducting student and faculty exchange programs through ENF to sensitize them. The message of peace through tourism needs to be a part of the curriculum.IIPT india will also initiate development and dedication of peace parks, peace towns and peace villages.


IIPT India Educators Network IIPT India Educators Network


IIPT World Symposium Partners and Title Sponsor


2015 IIPT World Symposium Sponsors and Partners

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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