May 2016



World Expeditions first Charter Member of

IIPT/Skal Travel for Peace Campaign


At the recent World Expeditions’ Responsible Travel Symposium in Toronto, IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore announced the IIPT/Skal International “Travel for Peace Campaign” and World Expeditions as the first charter member.


Louis D'Amore presenting IIPT Plaque with Credo of the Peaceful Traveler and image of the Global Family to Nathalie Gauthier, World Expeditions North American manager. Also in the photo: Jeremy Campbell, Intuitive Expeditions on the left; Donna Lawrence, World Expeditions; sustainability advocate, to the right of Mr. D'Amore; Kevin MacDonald, University of Toronto and Melissa Matlow, World Animal Protection.

globalfamilyThe IIPT/Skal International Travel for Peace Campaign will invite all Travel Agents, Tour Operators, Hotel Companies, Airlines, Cruise Lines and Travel Publications to become members of the campaign and join in the movement to encourage travelers around the world to be Ambassadors for Peace by practicing the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler and the travel ethic inherent in the belief that we are “One Earth One Family.”


Members will be asked to distribute the copyrighted IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler along with the iconic “Portrait of the Global Family” by renown artist Padre Johnson.



The program aim is to create awareness among all travelers that the privilege of traveling provides them with a unique opportunity to learn more about our common home – planet earth, the wonder of its natural beauty, its many diverse peoples, cultures and heritage – and in the process to foster mutual respect, understanding and appreciation with each person they encounter.


Collaborating with IIPT and Skål International in designing an interactive website will be Mr. Prakash Sikchi, Co-founder of Inspirock and Jeff Crist, Managing Partner, Crist Consulting Group. The website will be a place where Travelers for Peace can share their stories and interact with one another.


prakashsikchiPrakash has more than 20 years of high-tech experience specializing in machine learning, big data and distributed systems.He holds 25 patents and an MS from Stanford.Inspirock is an innovative start up that uses state of the art technology to transform how users plan and experience a vacation. Their free trip planner ensures that you get the most out of a vacation by helping travelers to customize and collaborate on itineraries to meet their expectations. Website:


cristSince before people knew what internet was, Jeff has worked with governments and businesses to help them leverage the web for the benefit of their organisations, customers and citizens. Crist Consulting provides Web Design and Application Development, Internet Marketing and SEO and IT Consulting. CristCo is committed to providing well thought out, reliable and cost-effective solutions. This involves a commitment to understanding the customer and every possible aspect of each client's business. CristCo's technology experts make it their responsibility to provide clients with the most cost-effective, high quality solutions available.


louIIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore stated, “IIPT was born in 1986 with a vision of travel and tourism becoming the world’s first global peace industry, an industry that supports the belief that ‘every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.’ The Travel for Peace Campaign will give further momentum to the growing phenomenon of travelers as Peace Ambassadors. We are honored to have World Expeditions as the First Charter member and Skal International, Inspirock and Crist Consulting Group partnering with us in this 30th anniversary year legacy project.” 


nigelNigel Pilkington stated: “Skål International is proud to be associated with IIPT and is fully supportive of the Travelers for Peace Campaign. In 2015 over 1 billion people travelled internationally according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), and this figure is expected to grow. We need to engage with travelers and make them aware of the impact they have when traveling & how by making informed decisions around their travel,and how they interact with local communities, they can make a difference.”

Organisations wishing to become part of IIPT/SKAL Travel for Peace Campaign are invited to contact Louis D'Amore, email:


Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual,  I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:

  • Journey with an open mind and gentle heart
  • Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter
  • Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life
  • Appreciate all cultures I discover
  • Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome
  • Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet
  • Support travel services that share these views and act upon them and,
  • By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace




WTTC Report Confirms
Tourism as a Driver for Peace


The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has released a new research report quantifying for the first time the positive correlation between tourism and peace. While travel & tourism has often been recognized for its ability to foster peace, security, and mutual understanding, to date, there has been little empirical evidence to support this link.


The report, “Tourism as a Driver for Peace” conducted with the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP), the world’s pre-eminent think tank measuring peace, shows how important an open and sustainable tourism sector can be for the levels of peace in a country. Countries with more open and sustainable tourism sectors have higher levels of peace and lower levels of conflict and violence.


Increases in tourism sustainability can lead to improvements in the functioning of governments. As governments respond to tourism demand and create a welcoming environment for further tourism expansion, this ultimately increases future peace, the report states.


Over the last decade the world has become increasingly unequal in terms of its levels of peacefulness, with the most peaceful countries enjoying increasing levels of peace and prosperity, while the least peaceful countries are facing greater levels of violence and conflict. This research shows that the more sustainable and open a country’s tourism sector, the less peace levels have declined.


Even in conflict affected countries, all of which saw their levels of peace drop in the period between 2008 and 2015, those that had more open and sustainable tourism saw a significantly lower drop in peace than countries with less sustainable tourism sectors.


davidDavid Scowsill, President and CEO of WTTC, said: “Travel & Tourism’s economic impact is now well established and widely recognised, and governments around the world are increasingly looking to the sector to provide livelihoods and jobs, and drive economic development. However, the benefits of tourism as a force for good, its ability to bring peace, security, and understanding have been harder to quantify. I am delighted that this research now shows that Travel & Tourism does have a strong link to creating peaceful societies.”




steveSteve Killelea, Founder & Executive Chairman, IEP, said: “The data shows how tourism and peace can support each other and increase societal resilience, prosperity, and peace in the long term. This also shows how the tourism sector is one of the key areas in which the private sector can play a positive and tangible role in contributing to global peace.”





ljdIIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore stated, “IIPT congratulates WTTC and IEP for this groundbreaking report that clearly demonstrates by thorough analysis that tourism is indeed a vital force for peace. The report findings give further momentum to IIPT’s founding vision in 1986 that “tourism has the promise of becoming the world’s first global peace industry.”


D’Amore continued, “IIPT’s founding vision was also that ‘every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.’ The report is very timely in this context as IIPT has just launched its ‘Travel for Peace Campaign’ with World Expeditions as its first founding member (please see above article). We are hopeful that all sectors of the industry will get behind this campaign in a collaborative effort towards truly making travel and tourism the world’s first global peace industry.”


Organizations wishing to become a founding member of the campaign are invited to email
Louis D’Amore:


Jordan Dreams Green with Dedication
and Celebrations at Amman’s First Green Park
In recognition of International Recycling Day

Jordan kicked off its Dream Green Campaign with festivities surrounding the inauguration of the National Gallery of Fine Arts Park in Amman. The Dream Green Park event is part of the inspiring movement in Jordan to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The park will be outfitted with recycle bins, solar panel lighting, recycled water and plants that need minimal water with hand cut vs. power motors for maintenance.   The inauguration of the city’s first ‘Green’ Park took place Saturday May 14th in Jabal El-Lweibdeh.


biltaljiHis Excellency, the Mayor of Amman, Akel Biltajil dedicated the park.


Throughout the day visitors enjoyed tasty foods and beverages as well as live music, comedy, shopping and raffles. Exhibits and sales of local crafts and recycled handmade products also were offered.


The ultimate goal of the campaign is to raise awareness among the Jordanian population and educate the community about caring for the environment and the importance of recycling.


“The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts Park/ El-Weibdeh can be used as a ‘model’ park for others to follow”, said organizer and president of Monaco Business Development, Mona Naffa. ”The guidelines designed and used for Jordanian public spaces and the sustainable use of solar panels, water conservation plants, recycle bins and management, embraces the environmental theme of “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. The end results can create jobs, clean streets and continue to build happier neighborhoods who protect the environment and follow proven western practices.



Partners joining in on the efforts are: City of Amman, Al Ajial for Recycling LTD, Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts, Ministry of Environment and Monaco Business Development.


For more information visit

Mona Naffa
Phone: +962796600962

US Press Sandy Dhuyvetter:

IIPT Carribbean


Countrystyle/IIPT Caribbean Appoint
Director of Community Tourism


clindoThe Countrystyle Community Tourism Network (CCTN) and the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Caribbean have appointed Mr. Charles Lindo, Director of Tourism for St. Eustatius, as their Caribbean Director of Community Tourism to assist with the marketing and promotion of the Countrystyle Villages as Businesses (VAB) and the IIPT/SKAL Peace Villages/Towns programmes. 

His portfolio includes: the further development of the training offered from the Academy for Community Tourism (ACT); marketing support for the Countrystyle Caribbean Vacations and Tours (COCAVAT) and its tour partner CARIBIC/OLYMPIA TOURS with the Caribbean Community Experience™; and the CUPID CRAFT training and promotion of village products including art, craft, music and cuisine.


Lindo will seamlessly intergrate marketing the official website that is and social network, currently managed by the Let’s Do It In the Caribbean marketing network, into the strategic plan for CCTN/IIPT Caribbean and VAB and the IIPT/SKAL Villages/Towns programmes.


The Director of Community Tourism will represent the mission and interests of the IIPT Caribbean and CCTN/VAB in his country and other Caribbean islands as well as promoting the Countrystyle Villages as Businesses and IIPT/SKAL Peace Villages/Towns programmes as a sustainable product for Caribbean communities. This includes the promotion of CCTN’s professional Consultant services and its training in Community Tourism entrepreneurship, basic hospitality skills and special interest marketing, marketing support for the Countrystyle Vacations and Tours (COCAVAT) and its tour partner CARIBIC/OLYMPIA TOURS with the Caribbean Community Experience™.


Mr. Lindo is a graduate of Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he received his Master’s Degree in Hospitality/Business Management. He has served for many years in top management positions in both the private and public sectors across the Dutch Caribbean.


Immediately upon completing his studies at Johnson and Wales, he was recruited by Wyndham hotels and Resort and joined the company’s Manager in Development programme. Mr. Lindo served in various managerial positions at hotels in Aruba (Wyndham), Curaçao (Kura Hulanda) and St. Maarten, where he was instrumental in securing franchise rights from Wyndham for Sapphire Beach Club. He also played a leading role in the establishment of Hotel Kura Hulanda Lodges on Westpoint in Curaçao.


Returning to St. Eustatius in 2008, he was offered a position as Deputy Director of Tourism, a position he held until 2011 when he was appointed Director of Tourism at the St. Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation.   He is member of numerous boards and organizations on his native Island, St. Eustatius.


dianaAccording to Diana McIntyre-Pike, President/Founder of the Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages As Businesses and President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Caribbean, “when we met Charles Lindo in St. Eustatius, we were impressed with his passion for his country, the Caribbean and his dedication to the upliftment of the people.”



Victor Mutanga Imagines Peace as part of
The Olympic Truce Campaign


IIPT is again proud to be a partner in the global campaign promoting the 2016 Olympic Truce (‘Ekechereia’). The campaign, being led by Gordon Sillence, Destinet, builds on a historic UN resolution calling for a global truce during the period of the Olympic Games.

Victor Mutanga, a member of the IIPT International Youth Leadership Network, is mobilizing youth throughout Africa to be part of the Olympic Truce Youth Ambassadors program. In this role, he has been inspired to write the following poem. Please listen to it hear


And follow the words below:


Victor Mutanga

IMAGINE PEACE - Where did we go wrong as a continent? We recall the once resilient African architecture and bemoan the demise of a leadership who’ve aborted the vigour of our youth.


I stand still between tears of joy born of joyful festivities and rivers of blood flowing from African conflicts. We are tired of intimidation. Our voices are choked by unending litanies of lamentations


We’ve drudged too long on this road to pedition. The dark night of oppression must come to an end. It doesn’t matter if we’ve fallen, we will rise. We shall walk again.

We will walk away from everything that tried to push us down. We will keep walking and we know where our next step will lead us. All nations come and walk with us, we are on our way

We are on our way to light the beacon of hope.


Elders of our land; lead us in the ancient ways to the rivers of hope and quench our thirst with the elixir of peace. Elders of our land, turn these preying fields of phobia into praying fields of brotherhood.


Leaders of our clans; transform these fallacies of power into palaces of peace. Peace is a must, Peace is us


I hear whispers of the freedom song. I see visions of jubilant youth carrying the Olympic flame on the African soil. This long walk must lead to freedom.


Every African nation is a block cut out of the mountain of hope. Let the Olympic Truce be mortar to create cultures of Peace.


victorGrant the African soil and Olympic opportunity and see the African child running with flames of fire. We will jump for joy and our fields will forever rein with songs of possibility.


Imagine the vibrant spirit of Africa reverberating the aroma of Ubuntu. Imagine the white dove of peace perched serenely on the colour black giving birth to a rainbow burst.

Victor matunga

Imagine Peace in Africa

                       Imagine Peace without borders

                          Just imagine!


What you can do:

  1. Become an Olympic Truce Peace Ambassador
  1. Join the  Olympic Truce Peace Ambassador Supporters Group
  2. Establish a National Olympic Truce Promotion   and Reporting Process in Your Country

The Olympic Truce campaign is being led by Gordon Sillence, DestiNet:

Brazil 2016 Truce promotion and reporting process

Persons and organizations wishing to be involved in any of the above are invited to email Louis D’Amore, IIPT President –

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:
Tel: (802) 253-8671

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