October 2016



IIPT to Launch 30th Anniversary Year

at World Travel Market in Support of UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development


IIPT will again be featured at World Travel Market as it launches its 30th Anniversary Year in support of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development:

Wednesday 9 November at 15.30 – 16.45
Platinum Suite 1


With 2017 having been declared the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism For Development (http://tourism4development2017.org/), the IIPT session will highlight the progress made in Tourism as a Driver of Peace and Sustainability over the past 30 years – and the vision of industry leaders for further progress in the years ahead.


Featured speakers will be leaders of the travel and tourism industry: Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Mr. David Scowsill, President and CEO, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and Ms. Susanna Saari, Vice President, Skål International. Joining the travel and tourism industry leaders will be the Canadian  High Commissioner to the U.K. and Northern Ireland H.E. Ms. Janice Charette.


Taleb Rifai

Dr. Taleb Rifai

David Scowsill

David Scowsill

Mario Hardy
Dr. Mario Hardy
Susanna Saari
Susanna Saari
Janice Charette


Anita MendirattaleslieMs. Anita Mendiratta will serve as Moderator. The IIPT session will also feature a special announcement by Ms. Leslie Dance, Vice President Marketing, Hawaii Tourism Authority, regarding the events commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, December 1 to 11, 2016.


The concept of sustainable tourism was first introduced at the IIPT First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace, Vancouver 1988. IIPT subsequently pioneered the early initiatives towards its implementation:

  1. First Codes of Ethics and Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism;
  2. First international study of “Models of Best Practice;
  3. First international conference on Sustainable Tourism, Montreal 1994.

ljdIIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore, will use the World Travel Market platform to announce IIPT’s 30th Anniversary Global Summit and plans for IIPT’s 30th Anniversary Year.

We look forward in seeing you there.


IIPT President Featured Speaker at
Hawaii Tourism Conference


IIPT’s Founder and President, Louis D’Amore was honored to be a featured speaker at the recent annual conference of the Hawaii Tourism Authority with more than 2,100 delegates from Hawaii and around the world. Also presenting in the same general session were Mr. Noah Tratt, Global Senior Vice President of Expedia and Dr. Xiang (Robert) Li, Professor and Washburn Senior Research Fellow, Temple University. Mr. Jerry Yoshitomi, Chief Knowledge Officer, MeaningMatters was the Moderator/Facilitator.




The week of learning, collaborating and networking addressed a wide variety of topics, including Hawaiian culture, ecological sustainability, international travel, and quality of the visitor experience. The Aloha spirit of the Host Culture was pervasive and present throughout the conference.




ljdIn his address, Mr. D’Amore spoke briefly of the history of IIPT beginning with its original ‘seeding’ in the mid-1970’s when his consulting firm at the time conducted the world’s first comprehensive study on the future of tourism and introduced for the first time social and environmental considerations related to tourism.


His firm continued to be futurists to the Canadian tourism industry for the next 10 years when it transitioned into IIPT in 1986 as a travel and tourism industry response to the global issues of the time: growing East- West tensions, a deteriorating environment and early signs of global warming; a growing gap between have and have not regions of the world – and a peaking of terrorism - most of it aimed at the tourism industry.


IIPT was born, he explained, with a vision of making travel and tourism the world’s first global peace industry – and the belief that every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.


The First Global Conference: Tourism – a Vital Force for Peace in Vancouver 1988 brought together participants from 67 countries, introducing for the first time the concept of sustainable tourism development and a new paradigm for a “Higher Purpose of Tourism.”


Mr. D’Amore went on to mention IIPT’s achievements during the past 30 years and plans for its 30th Anniversary year – following which he replied to a question regarding how Hawaii might become involved in IIPT’s initiatives.  Mr. D’Amore responded with a few ideas related to the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor being commemorated from 1 to 11 December, 2016 and its theme –Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future”


leslieAs a result of subsequent discussions, Ms. Leslie Dance, Vice President Marketing, Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) will announce an initiative of the HTA at the IIPT World Travel Market event (see above article)

Wednesday 9 November at 15.30 – 16.45
                          Platinum Suite 1


For a brief video of the Hawaii Conference, please click here and scroll down to video



HRH Princess Dana Firas to be Patron of
IIPT “Travel for Peace” Tour to Jordan with Opportunities to
Assist Syrian Refugees


princessdanaIIPT is honored to announce that HRH Princess Dana Firas will be a Patron of the IIPT “Travel for Peace Tour” to Jordan 14-23 March 2017. HRH Princess Dana Firas is a Global advocate for cultural heritage preservation and President of the Board, Petra National Trust (PNT). HRH Princess Dana Firas will personally meet with members of the tour either in Amman or Petra.

Under the leadership of HRH Princess Dana Firas, PNT has expanded its work not only to include conservation and preservation projects but also Education, Outreach and Awareness (EOA) programs for youth in the six villages that surround the Petra Archaeological Park. PNT will be facilitating a special tour by its youth workshop members  that will give a unique view of Petra.



Donald King, Ambassador at Large for the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT), and his wife Lynne will be leading a special “Travel for Peace” tour to Jordan 14-23 March, 2017.


Collaborating with IIPT will be Airline Ambassadors International (AAI) with the intent of visiting Syrian refugee camps during the tour and providing medical and other supplies. AAI helps orphans and vulnerable children worldwide by leveraging connections with the airline industry towards humanitarian service. www.airlineamb.org.


AAI will be represented by Sandy Dhuyvetter, a member of the AAI Board of Directors who will manage AAI’s commitment to IIPT. Sandy is also a trainer on Human Trafficking Awareness in the travel industry and an award winning creator, executive producer and host of Travel Talk Radio and Travel Talk Media.


Also planning to join the tour is Bea Broda, who produces Travel TV shows and web clips, including Timeless Places, Passport to Adventure and Outta Town Adventures.  She plans to create a documentary of the tour to include in TV & web broadcasts.


Near Eastern Tours, an IIPT Coalition Partner, Hani Abu Dayyeh, President will provide in-country services for the tour.

Bea Broda
Sandy Dhuyvetter


The Kings have been residents of Jordan and have extensive experience leading tours in Jordan. They also have recently been involved in several humanitarian efforts assisting Syrian refugees while developing relationships with local organizations that provide services to these refugees.


Jordan is one of the world’s spectacular destinations and home to some of the world’s friendliest and most hospitable people.  The itinerary will provide the opportunity to see this fascinating land, meet its people and experience its welcoming spirit.  The tour itinerary will include Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum, Mt. Nebo, Azraq Wetlands, Shumari Reserve, the Dead Sea and other sites.


jerash wadirum


Participants in this special tour will have the opportunity to assist some of the Syrian refugees who have fled the war in their homeland. We will visit refugee families and provide food parcels, hygiene packets and medical supplies to some of the neediest families. 


childrentoo refugees


Participation in this tour will make a difference in the lives of a few Syrian families and participants will gain an appreciation for one of the most interesting countries in the world.  A detailed itinerary is available.


Travel agents are invited to request more information. Please send an email request to: travelking47@gmail.com



IIPT Media Partner ‘Tourism Tatler’
Promotes IIPT Global Peace Parks Campaign in Africa

IIPT has launched a Global Peace Parks Campaign as it prepares to commemorate its 30th anniversary year in 2017 in support of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development (and Peace). In this context, IIPT is proud to announce ‘Tourism Tatler’ as a media partner promoting the IIPT Global Peace Parks campaign throughout Africa. Please see:



tatlerlogoTourism Tattler is the official journal of several Africa in-bound travel trade associations, global travel trade exhibitions, and industry award programs. It is published monthly and is circulated free of charge via Newsletter links to international subscribers as a practical source for information on the travel trade in Africa. Information is provided on a wide variety of tourism, hospitality and business related topics, thus providing readers with a better understanding of tourism issues, legislation and legal issues that impact on tourism as well as marketing and business principles and strategies.



desIts publisher, Desmond Langkilde is also a travel writer, photographer and tourism consultant who specializes in Africa as a travel destination. “Tourism in Africa holds great potential, but to successfully compete against global travel destinations, African countries must adopt responsible and sustainable values, of which peace, heritage and environmental preservation are key. The IIPT Global Peach Parks Project provides a perfect vehicle through which both governments and tourism product owners alike can practically demonstrate their commitment to these values” stated Desmond.


As a media partner and member of both IIPT and ICTP, Tourism Tattler is supporting the IIPT Global Peace Park Project by offering extensive editorial coverage to all Africa based tourism stakeholders who dedicate a piece of land and unveil their peace park dedication ceremony to coincide with the United Nations International Day of Peace on 21 September 2017.


peacewallThe IIPT Global Peace Parks project is being implemented in partnership with Skal International and the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP). It is based on IIPT’s Peace Parks across Canada project commemorating Canada’s 125th birthday in 1992 – when 350 cities and towns across Canada dedicated a park to peace on October 8 as the National Peace Keeping Monument was being unveiled in Ottawa, the nation’s capital and 5,000 peacekeepers passing in review. Each park included a ‘Bosco Sacro’ – a peace grove of 12 trees  as a symbolic link with one another, and with nature – and as a symbol of hope for the future. The 12 trees were also symbolic of Canada’s 10 Provinces and two Territories. However, this can be a number of trees that is particularly symbolic to the city, town or village.


ljdIIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore stated, “Our goal is to circle the earth with 2,000 Peace Parks – all dedicated or re-dedicated on 21 September 2017 - the UN International Day of Peace. We look forward to your city, town or private sector organization joining us on this major initiative in “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism” as a lasting legacy of the UN International Year of Tourism for Sustainable Development (and Peace) for future generations.


For more information and to apply to be nominated as an IIPT Peace Park, please click here:



Cassie De Pecol Now in Africa after Visiting
More than 160 nations as IIPT Ambassador for Peace


Cassie DePecol has come closer to achieving her Expedition 196 goal of visiting all 196 sovereign nations in less than 3 years to set a Guinness World Record and being the first woman and youngest person to do so. She has now visited some 160 nations.


Recent trips have been to Taipei, Iraq, United Arab Emirates, Sao Tome, Niger and Libya.




Minister of Tourism and Cassie exchanging the International Institute for Peace through Tourism Credo of the Peaceful Traveler and their gift to Cassie of beautiful books and a CD on Libyan tourism. Cassie also had the opportunity to meet with the Tourism Board of Libya and enjoyed experiencing Libyan Hospitality. The photo on the right is Cassie at the Citadel of Erbil,Iran, a UNESCO World Heritage Site carrying her artisan "love my world" bag.


libya bags

A special treat was riding in the cockpit with the crew of a TAP Portugal A380 flight from Saõ Tomé to Accra, Ghana. It was one of the best experiences of Cassie’s entire expedition to date as well as being served sweet tea by this man with a beautiful smile in Iraq.

crew tea

iiptThree African Leaders Become Members of IIPT

IIPT has recently accepted three African leaders as members of IIPT: Ritah Aligum of Uganda; Cyprien Semushi of Rwanda and Ms, Ana Constancia David of Mozambique.


ritahhRitah is a highly motivated PR & Communications professional whose journalistic skills coupled with passion for media have helped her accomplish several enormous tasks in the communications world. Ritah became the first female Vice President of the Uganda Sports Press Association (USPA), the supreme scribes association in Uganda in November 2014. Ritah has held several PR and publicity positions in various organizations and or agencies.

As the USPA Vice President, Ritah spear-headed the USPA - Brussels Airlines Partnership through which the Airlines will sponsor the Scribes Association for a period of three years. As an AIPS Reporter, Ritah has traversed the world representing both Ugandan Media and AIPS at world sports events including the 2012 London Olympic Games, the 2011 Shenzhen Universiade, China, and the 2013 Lausanne Olympic Congress, the 2015 Paris AIPS Congress in France and the Ramallah Youth Sports Convention in Palestine.


cyprienCyprien Semushi is a Travel and Tour Consultant, and Managing Director of Lobelia Tours and Travel Agency Ltd based in Kigali, Rwanda which he co-founded in August 2014. He has since mastered the art of tailoring tours across the  greater East African region while at the same time focusing on a warm welcome in meeting the demanding expectations of his guests to assure them of a hospitable and  memorable experience. 


Cyprien Semushi has also worked for outstanding institutions both in country and abroad and sat on a Panel of Experts initiated by Innovations in Civic Participation (ICP) based in the UK and is involved in civic activities as a volunteer.


anaAna Constancia David has been involved  with civil society programs and community development in Mozambique since independence and was one of the initial members of the Civil Society movement started with the support of COCAMO (Cooperation Canada Mozambique). As a Human Rights activist she was part of various initiatives spanning over many years – including MS Danish Co-operation Associates; Coordinator of National Partners Technical Support; PACT – USAID; Senior Program Officer for Training for Trainers of National NGO'S; Foundation for Community Development in Mozambique and National Executive Director (TEIA).

Ana also worked intensely on HIV / AIDS related matters, most notably as National Executive Director of  MONASO (Network of Organizations working with  HIV / AIDS issues) during which she represented the Southern Africa region, the VSO (Volunteer Abroad with Voluntary Services Overseas) and Coordinated  a situational study of HIV / AIDS and access to treatment in Mozambique. Ana also founded PASSO a PASSO, an NGO focused on Community Development with the emphasis on Woman and Children upliftment.  

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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