July 2017


Role of the Media in Promoting a Culture of Peace and Sustainability to be Featured at UNWTO-IIPT Summit


Taleb RifaiThe UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) have arrived at a provisional program for the Montreal Global Summit, an official conference of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, 18 & 19, September. The Summit will continue 20 & 21 September with a series of concurrent sessions of ‘success stories and ‘models of best practice’, Wednesday and Thursday morning, 20 & 21 September.


Dr. Taleb Rifai will be a keynote speaker in the Opening Ceremony, together with other prominent world personalities soon be announced. Anita Mendiratta, Founder and Managing Director of Cachet Consulting and Special Advisor to Secretary General of UNWTO will be Moderator.

The Media Luncheon panel: “Role of the Media in Promoting a Culture of Peace and Sustainability will feature Peter Greenberg, CBS Travel Editor as Moderator and include Arnie Weissmann, Editor in Chief, Travel Weekly, Juergen Thomas Steinmetz, Publisher, eTurbo News and other panelists soon to be announced.

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Anita Mendiratta
Peter Greenberg
Peter Greenberg
Arnie Weissmann
Arnie Weissmann
Thomas Steinmetz
Thomas Steinmetz

Session themes on 18 & 19 September will include:


Remembering the Past – Inspiring the Future

Reflecting on lessons to be learned from past wars; the benefits of peace; and travelers as Ambassadors of Peace.


Sustainable Tourism for Development and Peace in Africa

The role of sustainable tourism development in meeting the challenges of a legacy of colonialism and the need to create entrepreneurial opportunities and employment. 


Fostering Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue

The transformative role of sustainable tourism development in building bridges and promoting tolerance and mutual understanding.


Peace with Nature: Safeguarding our Common Home – Planet Earth

Global strategies to minimize the ecological footprint from the exponential growth of tourism while still nurturing its key role in “building a better world.”


Building Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development and Peace – the Way forward.

Tourism is one of the world’s largest industries touching virtually every aspect of society. How can its key sectors collaborate in “making the world a better place.”


Keynote Speakers will include: H.E. Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Culture and Tourism, Republic of Azerbaijan; H.E. Dr. Walter Mzembi, Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Zimbabwe; Queen-Mother Ketcha Courtes, President, Network of Female Mayors of Africa (REFELA); and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).


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H.E. Abulfas Garayev

Dr. Walter Mzembi
Dr. Walter Mzembi
Rachel Dodds
Queen Mother Ketcha Courtes
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Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi

Dr. Mario Hardy, CEO and President, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); Michelle Breslauer, Director, Americas, Institute for Economics and Peace, and H.E. Akel Biltaji, Advisor to HM King Abdullah II, Jordan.

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Dr. Mario Hardy
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Michelle Breslauer
Akel Biltaji
Akel Biltaji


The UNWTO – IIPT Global Summit website is open for registration at: http://unwto.iiptsummit.org/


Global Summit Venue – Rooms are Limited – Book Early

Venue and ‘Official Hotel’ for the Global Summit is the prestigious Hotel Bonaventure in downtown Montreal, just minutes away from historic “Old Montreal” where you will experience the Montreal birthday “Spirit of 375". Book your room on the Conference website for favorable conference room rates. Rooms are limited- book early.
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Global Summit to Feature Leading-edge

Success Stories and Models of Best Practice

The UNWTO – IIPT Global Summit will continue on Wednesday and Thursday, 20 and 21 September with leading edge on days 20 and day 21 success stories and models of best practice by world renown practitioners in sustainable tourism and the role of tourism, culture and sport in fostering community development, mutual understanding and peace, conflict resolution, environmental enhancement, poverty reduction, and accessible travel for all.

Concurrent Sessions will include:

  • Youth and Educational Travel (a mini summit within the summit)
  • Trans-border International Peace Parks
  • The Application of Geo-Design to Sustainable Tourism Development
  • From Conflict to Sustainable Tourism
  • Role of Culture and Sports in Fostering Mutual Understanding and Peace
  • Youth and Women Empowerment
  • Accessible Travel for All
  • Volunteer Travel
  • Role of Travel Guides in Promoting a Culture of Peace
  • Community Tourism

And more. Contributors in these sessions will include:


Dr. David Edgell, Sustainable Tourism Scholar and Consultant, East Carolina University; Martha Honey, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Center for Responsible Travel (CREST); Dr. Saleem Ali, Distinguished Professor, University of Delaware; Susan Muhwezi, Senior Presidential Advisor on AGOA & Trade, Uganda; Robert Zimmer, Zimmer International.

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Dr. David Edgell
Martha Honey
Martha Honey
Dr. Saleem Ali
Dr. Saleem Ali
Susan Muhwezi
Susan Muhwezi
Robert Zimmer
Robert Zimmer

Judy Karwacki, Small Planet Consulting; Markly Wilson, Director of International Marketing, New York State Division of Tourism; Daniela Wagner, Director, International Partnerships, Connecting Travel; Kathy Lingle Pond, author, The Professional Travel Guide: Don King, CEO, CrossBridge Tours.

Judy Karwacki
Judy Karwacki
Markly Wilson
Markly Wilson
Daniela Wagner
Daniela Wagner
Kathy Lingle Pond
Kathy Lingle Pond
Don King
Don King

Sue Badyari, CEO, World Expeditions Group; Richard Miller Executive Vice President, Resonance Consultancy; Rachel Dodds, Director, Sustaining Tourism; Brianda Lopez, Head of Programs, Standards & Sustainability - Hostelling International; Nikki Rose, Founder, Crete’s Culinary Sanctuaries.

Sue Badyari
Sue Badyari

Richard Miller
Richard Miller
Rachel Dodds
Rachel Dodds
Brianda Lopez
Brianda Lopez
Nikki Rose
Nikki Rose

Maria de la Fuente, Co-Director of Peace Boat; Megan Epler Wood, Director, International Sustainable Tourism Initiative, Harvard University; David Adams, Founder and President, Culture of Peace News Network; Steve De Voss, Founder and President, Global Sports Partners; Diana McIntyre Pike, President, IIPT Caribbean Chapter and others.


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Megan Epler
Megan Epler Wood

David Adams

Steve DeVoss

Diana McIntyre Pike

Submit Your Proposed Success Story or Model of Best Practice
Other leading edge practitioners and professionals interested in presenting their success stories and models of best practice are invited to write:
ljd@iipt.org with a copy to: kunjal.charadva@iipt.org



The UNWTO – IIPT Global Summit website is open for registration at: http://unwto.iiptsummit.org/


Global Summit Venue – Rooms are Limited – Book Early

Venue and ‘Official Hotel’ for the Global Summit is the prestigious Hotel Bonaventure in downtown Montreal, just minutes away from historic “Old Montreal.” Book your room on the Conference website for favorable conference room rates. Rooms are limited- book early.

We are proud to return to the City, Province and Nation that hosted the first major international Conference on Sustainable Tourism in 1994, the IIPT Global Conference: Building a Sustainable World through Tourism – particularly as 2017 is the 150th Birthday of Canada, 375th birthday of Montreal and as IIPT commemorates its 30th Anniversary year by returning to the place of its birth.

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IIPT Educators and Student/Youth Leadership Forums

Again Featured at Global Summit


Dr. Patrick KalifungrwaAs with all previous IIPT Global Summits and International Conferences, beginning with the IIPT First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace, Vancouver 1988 – the Montreal Global Summit will include a full day “Educators Forum” and full day “Student/Youth Leadership Forum” Sunday, 17 September prior to start of the UNWTO-IIPT Global Summit.


Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa, Vice Chancellor, Livingstone International University and recent recipient of the prestigious ‘Honorary Professorship’ title by the Academic Union of the United Kingdom will Chair the Educators Forum. Educators wishing to present in the Educators Forum, Sunday, 17 September are invited to email: ljd@iipt.org with a copy to kunjal.charadva@iipt.org


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Nishit Charadva, Coordinator of the IIPT Student/Youth Leadership Network will Chair the Student/Youth Leadership Forum.  Students/Youth Leaders wishing to present in the Student/Youth Leadership Forum are invited to email nishit@iipt.org with a copy to kunjal.charadva@iipt.org



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IIPT Student/Youth Leadership Forum


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A meeting of IIPT Chapter members and members of IIPT International Networks will also be held Sunday afternoon Chaired by IIPT Board Chairman, Mr. Timothy Marshall. All other registered delegates are also invited, particularly persons interested in forming an IIPT Chapter, becoming a chapter member, or a member of an IIPT Network.


Collaboration – Global Impact Session
A special session is being held for the first time inviting organizers of travel and tourism conferences throughout the world to come together to share key outcomes and initiatives resulting from their respective conferences – and to explore avenues of collaboration with a view to achieving synergies and a greater global impact in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.


Interested persons who have organized a tourism or hospitality conference in the past year, or will be organizing one prior to September 2017 are invited to email: ljd@iipt.org with a copy to kunjal.charadva@iipt.org

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United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

To Partner with IIPT in Global Peace Parks Project


jeanIIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore had a fortuitous meeting with Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi during the recent 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan. Mr. Elong Mbassi is Secretary General, UCLG Africa.


UCLG is the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government with a global network of cities, local and regional governments representing 70% of the world population. UCLG goals include contributing to the achievement of the SDG’s, Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and New Urban Agenda for Sustainable Urban Development.


unitedlogoMr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, enthusiastically agreed that UCLG will partner with IIPT  in the IIPT Global Peace Parks Project which has a goal of 2,000 cities and towns dedicating or re-dedicating a park to peace on 21 September 2017, the UN International Day of Peace.


It was also agreed that a special plenary session on Africa will be organized at the UNWTO – IIPT Global Summit: Sustainable Tourism for Development and Peace being held in Montreal, Canada 17 – 21 September 2017 as Canada commemorates its 150th birthday and Montreal its 375th Birthday. The Montreal Summit is an official conference of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.


peaceparkThe Global Peace Parks Project builds on the success of IIPT’s 1992 “Peace Parks across Canada” Project commemorating Canada’s 125th birthday as a nation. IIPT conceived and implemented “Peace Parks across Canada” which resulted in 350 Peace Parks being dedicated by cities and towns from St. John’s, Newfoundland on the shores of the Atlantic, across five time zones to Victoria, British Colombia on the shores of the Pacific.


peacewallThe Peace Parks were all dedicated on October 8, 1992 as a National Peace Keeping Monument was being unveiled in Ottawa and 5,000 Peacekeepers passing in review.  Each park was dedicated with a ‘bosco sacro’ – a peace grove of 12 trees, symbolic of Canada’s 10 Provinces and 2 Territories, as a link to one another, and a symbol of hope for the future. Of the more than 25,000 Canada 125 Projects, Peace Parks across Canada was said to be the most significant.


IIPT International Peace Parks have since been dedicated as a legacy of each IIPT International Conferences and Global Summits. Notable IIPT International Peace Parks include Bethany Beyond the Jordan, site of Christ’s baptism as a legacy of the Amman Summit, 2000 and Victoria Falls, as a legacy of the IIPT 5th African Conference, 2013, subsequently re-dedicated as the featured event of the UNWTO General Assembly, co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe.


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Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General and Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first President, are shown planting the first of 6 olive trees brought from Bethany Beyond the Jordan by Amman Mayor, H.E. Akel Biltaji pictured on the right with King Makuni of the Leya People, on whose land Victoria Falls is located, and IIPT Founder and President, Louis D'Amore.


Persons interested in more information on the “IIPT Global Peace Parks Project” are invited to email ljd@iipt.org



IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign


globalfamilyThe second flagship project of IIPT's 30th Anniversary Year is the "IIPT Travel For Peace Campaign" that encourages every traveler to be an "Ambassador for Peace" by practicing the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler and the ethic inherent in the iconic Padre Johnson portrait of the Global Family reminding us that we are "One Earth One Family.


The “IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign relates to the UNWTO “Travel – Enjoy – Respect” initiative of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It seeks to engage travel agencies, tour operators, hotels, airlines, cruise ships and other sectors of the global travel and tourism industry to join with IIPT in encouraging every traveler to be an “Ambassador for Peace”


Organizations wishing to become charter members of the IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign in support of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (and Peace) are invited to email: ljd@iipt.org


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

International Institute for Peace Through Tourism

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Bea Broda Productions Latest Charter Member of

IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign


Bea Broda logoBea Broda Productions is the latest charter member of the IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign. Bea has been producing, writing and hosting travel television shows since 1987, including "Passport to Adventure" and "Timeless Places." Her current series, "Outta Town Adventures,” travels both near and far to discover the best adventures the destinations have to offer.


This TV series is dedicated to presenting history, culture and geography in a fun and positive way, with the objective of effectively communicating the joyful aspects of human interaction that are facilitated by tourism.  It encourages people to explore this beautiful world - something that starts with simply getting out of town!


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Bea BrodaBea is a Past President of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and travels to as many as 15 countries a year for her productions. Her experience meeting people from every culture has helped to make her a dedicated advocate of the concept of travelers finding common ground with those that they meet, and thereby fostering peace through tourism.


Through her production company, BC Pictures, she also publishes a video-rich website whose news section is known as www.travel video.tv, and presents positive travel news and information about all the countries in the world. Her Youtube channels, www.youtube.com/travelvideotv and www.youtube.com/virtualcanada, have each achieved views in the millions.


It’s of tremendous importance to Bea to report travel in a truthful, yet compassionate way, with a goal of desensitizing people to the fear of traveling to unfamiliar places and encouraging the enjoyment of communicating with all of our global family while practicing the “IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler” and the belief that we are all one earth – one family as represented in the Padre Johnson iconic “Portrait of the Global Family” – please see above article.


Other Charter members of the IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign are: World Expeditions, Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), Sacred Himalaya Travel, The Cultural Angle and Travel Unwrapped™


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Become a Charter Member

Organizations wishing to become charter members of the IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign in support of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and Peace are invited to email: ljd@iipt.org.


HRH Princess Dana Firas 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 9-18 November 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.

donlynnDonald King, Ambassador at Large for the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT), and his wife Lynne will be leading the special “Travel for Peace” tour to Jordan November 9-18, 2017. 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. They recently hosted a voluntary optometry team that provided vision screening and eye glasses at a special school for Syrian children.

Persons participating in the upcoming IIPT Peace Tour will have a chance to interact with Syrian refugee children, providing games, handicrafts and other gifts at the school. The dates of the tour have been set for November 9-18, to coincide with the close of World Travel Market so that persons attending WTM might fly directly from London to Amman.


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Airlines Ambassador InternationalCollaborating with IIPT will be Airline Ambassadors International (AAI). AAI helps orphans and vulnerable children worldwide by leveraging connections with the airline industry towards humanitarian service. AAI will also be providing marketing support among its members. AAI’s Founder and President, Nancy Rivard, was the second recipient of the IIPT Ambassador for Peace Award at IIPT’s 1999 Global Conference in Glasgow. 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 TravelTalk Radio and Travel Talk Media.

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Nancy Rivard
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Angels of HopeNET Tours

Partnering with IIPT in organizing the tour is Near Eastern Tours, an IIPTCoalition Partner. Near Eastern Tours will provide in-country services for the tour.


Also collaborating with IIPT will be Angels of Hope who will provide “Tee” Shirts and other gifts for school children. www.theangelworkshop.com


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.


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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. 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. 


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

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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