February 2017 Special Edition

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 Save the dates for the
IIPT 30th Anniversary Global Family Reunion
17 – 21 September, 2017


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IIPT is commemorating its 30th Anniversary with a Global Summit in Montreal, Canada, 17 to 21 September 2017. Save the dates and join us for this “Global Family Reunion” of the many persons who have participated in one or more of IIPT’s 18 international conferences and summits over the past 30 years. Renew your friendships with colleagues from around the world – young and old – and make new ones.


We are reaching out to everyone who has been to an IIPT Conference – and others not able to attend but wish to do so now – to share stories of the work you are doing – your projects – your current and planned efforts in fostering sustainable tourism and peace – explore how you might collaborate to achieve even more significant and greater impacts – and to determine how together we can broaden the circle of persons wanting to make travel and tourism “the world’s first global peace industry – a sustainable industry that fosters peace within ourselves, peace with others, peace with nature and peace with our Creator – an industry that supports and promotes the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”


The IIPT First Global Conference, Vancouver 1988 was a milestone event for the travel and tourism industry with 800 participants from 67 countries. The IIPT 1988 Vancouver conference has since been credited with being the “Launch of the Peace through Tourism” movement.


2017 is of course the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The 1988 Vancouver Conference first introduced the concept of sustainable tourism, as well as a new paradigm for a “Higher Purpose” of Tourism.


Montreal375The first major international conference on Sustainable Tourism was IIPT’s 1994 Conference in Montreal: “Building a Sustainable World through Tourism” featuring “success stories” and models of best practice from some 50 different countries.


IIPT is now returning to Montreal – where IIPT was born in 1986, the UN International Year of Peace, as Canada celebrates its 150th birthday and Montreal its 375th birthday as well as the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 – the most successful Expo of the 20th Century.

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Please join with us in promoting the Summit among your colleagues and networks. We also welcome your suggestions/ideas regarding the Summit to achieve the most significant impactful outcomes that contribute to resolving conflict and building a culture of peace and understanding through sustainable tourism.


We also invite your ideas regarding potential sponsors and your support for IIPT’s two flagship projects for its 30th anniversary year and the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (and Peace):

1. The IIPT Global Peace Parks Project and
2. IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign.


Please see the article below and contact IIPT: ljd@iipt.org with your suggestions  



IIPT Flagship Initiatives for30th Anniversary Year:

Peace Parks and Travel for Peace


IIPT also welcomes the members of our “Global Family” to join with us in promoting our two 30th Anniversary Year “Flagship” Initiatives – the IIPT Global Peace Parks Project with a goal of 2000 IIPT Peace Parks circling the earth by 21 September 2017 – the UN International Day of Peace; and the IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign. 


The 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 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.


trkkIIPT International Peace Parks have since been dedicated as a legacy to each of IIPT's International Conferences and Global Summits including 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 on Opening day of the UNWTO 20th General Assembly 2015, co-hosted by Zambia and Zimbabwe.


Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, Zambia’s first President and Dr. Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary General, are shown planting the first of 6 olive trees brought from Bethany Beyond the Jordan by Amman Mayor, H.E. Akel Biltaji.


A one-time voluntary contribution of US$ 500 is requested from each town or city dedicating an IIPT Peace Park. For more information mail to: ljd@iipt.org

globalfamilyThe “IIPT Travel for Peace Campaign” is the second flagship project of our 30th Anniversary Year. The campaign relates directly to the UNWTO “Travel – Enjoy – Respect” consumer campaign of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. It seeks to engage travel agencies, tour operators, hotels, airlines and other sectors of the global travel and tourism industry to join with IIPT in encouraging every traveler to be an “Ambassador for Peace” by practicing the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler (below) and the ethic inherent in the iconic Padre Johnson portrait of the Global Family reminding us that we are “One Earth One Family.”

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 diverse people, cultures and heritage – and in the process to foster mutual respect, understanding and appreciation with each person they encounter.


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. Appropriate recognition will be given to each charter member.


Charter members to date include: World Expeditions, Flight Centre Travel Group (FCTG), Sacred Himalaya Travel, The Cultural Angle and Travel Unwrapped.


A one-time contribution of US$ 350 is requested for charter membership in the campaign.

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We invite members of our “Global Family” to assist us in promoting each of these campaigns in support of IIPT’s 30th Anniversary Year, the IIPT Global Summit in Montreal and the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (and Peace). For more information mail to: ljd@iipt.org with your expression of interest.  


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

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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