October 2015 - Special Edition



From Conflict to Sustainable Tourism: the Northern Ireland Experience – theme of IIPT WTM Event



From Conflict to Sustainable Tourism: the Northern Ireland Experience, will be the theme of this year’s IIPT 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 and other countries that have experienced conflict and their transformation from nations of conflict to sustainable tourism development with the 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 Ms. Suzanne Wylie, CEO Belfast City Council:  H.E. Akel Biltaji, Mayor of Amman and former Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan; Mr. Hiran Cooray, President, Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka; Director - Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Chairman, Jetwing Hotels Ltd; Amb. Williams Nkurunziza, Rwanda High Commissioner to the United Kingdom; and Mr. Eneko Goia, Mayor of San Sebastian, Spain. Ms. Anita Mendiratta will be Master of Ceremony of the event and Panel Moderator.




Dr. Taleb Rifai 


H.E. Akel Biltaji
Ms. Suzanne Wylie

hiranMr. Hiran Cooray

Amb. Williams Nkurunziza

Mr. Eneko Goia


IIPT Founder and President, Dr. Louis D’Amore said. “IIPT is most honored to again have Dr. Rifai grace the IIPT Platform as well as Ms. Anita Mendiratta, again as a Master of Ceremony and Moderator, together with the distinguished leaders participating in this timely debate.” He continued, “IIPT will use this special occasion to launch the 30th Anniversary Year of its birth and to announce the IIPT 30th Anniversary Summit in 2016.


Dr. Louis D’Amore
Ms. Anita Mendiratta
Prof. Terry Stevens



A reception sponsored by School of Management/Ysgol Reolaeth, Swansea University, Wales in conjunction with Wales For Peace, will immediately follow, also in Platinum Suite 1, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, 4 November.  Master of Ceremony for the Reception will be Professor Terry Stevens, Professor of Strategic Communications at Swansea University and Managing Director, of Stevens & Associates the international tourism consultancy.


Persons wishing to have a one on one meeting with IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore to discuss possible collaboration during IIPT’s 30 th anniversary year are invited to email: ljd@iipt.org with a copy to kunjal.charadva@iipt.org

We look forward to your joining us.

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.”

For more information:
IIPT Website: www.iipt.org
Tel: (802) 253-8671
Email: ljd@iipt.org

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