September 2003

Special Edition

September 2003  Newsletter


“Community Tourism – Gateway to Poverty Reduction”
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – December 7-12, 2003

UN looks to sports to advance Millennium Development Goals
IIPT President to Speak at World Youth And Student Travel Conference
About the IIPT

 About the 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 and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and poverty reduction; 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”. Website: , email:

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         “Community Tourism – Gateway to Poverty Reduction”
                        Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – December 7-12, 2003

Considerable interest is developing for the IIPT 2nd African Conference on Peace through Tourism to be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 7-12 December, 2003. Theme of the Conference is:
“Community Tourism – Gateway to Poverty Reduction.”

The Conference is being organized in partnership with the African Travel Association (ATA) and hosted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism (MNRT), Tanzania.

Aim of the Conference
The Conference seeks to harness travel and tourism – the world’s largest industry – as a leading force for poverty reduction in Africa. Towards this end, the aim of the conference is to develop partnerships, implementation strategies, and action initiatives that contribute to sustainable community development, peace and poverty reduction.

Conference Participants
The Conference will bring together senior African executives from both the public and private sectors of tourism, NGO’s, donor agencies, educators, policy makers, leading practioners, entrepreneurs, future leaders of the industry, and senior representatives of related sectors including environment, culture and economic development.

Government – Industry – Donor – NGO Roundtable
A feature of the conference will be a Government – Industry – Donor – NGO Roundtable to build consensus on a collaborative strategy in mobilizing tourism as a dynamic and catalyzing force for poverty reduction in Africa.

Key Topics for Discussion
The following topics will be addressed in plenary, concurrent sessions, and workshops:
• Community Tourism – Achieving Sustainable Livelihoods,
Poverty Reduction and Community Cohesion
• The Community Tourism – Wildlife Interface
• The Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainable
Cultural and Heritage/Community Tourism

• Micro-Enterprise and SME Development
• Community Capacity Building
• Education and Training for Poverty Reduction and
A Culture of Peace
• Technology Sharing and Transfer

• The Role or Tourism in Healing the Wounds of Conflict

• Youth Travel & Empowerment
• Sports for Peace and Development
• Accessible Travel for all

• Getting the Community Tourism Message to the Media

Persons wishing to submit proposals for the presentation of “Success Stories” and examples of “Best Practice” are invited to send a brief abstract to Liz Smith, Conference Coordinator, email address:

“Africa 100”
Recognizing that youth are our future, we are seeking to identify an “Africa 100” – 100 young persons who show promise of being future leaders of the African travel and tourism industry. We welcome your nomination and ask that your consideration in sponsoring one or more of the “Africa 100” for their participation in the Conference and a special “Youth Leadership Forum.” Please contact: Liz Smith, Conference Coordinator.

Educators Forum
The Conference will also feature an Educators Forum with a goal of bringing together educators of Travel and Tourism from colleges and universities throughout Africa to share knowledge, experiences and ideas for future curricula development and educational initiatives that contribute to the aims of the Conference.

The Educators Forum will also feature a selected number of presentations by leading educators. Proposals for presentation of papers can be sent to Dr. Daniel McDonald  - Coordinator of the IIPT Educators Network.

Assistance in identifying African Colleges and Universities with Tourism/Hospitality programs would be most welcome and helpful. Please send contact information to Judy Karwacki, email: Judy Karwacki

An outcome of the Conference will be a “21st Century African Agenda for Peace through Tourism" with a focus on implementation of strategic initiatives and pilot projects that empower local communities to achieve jobs with dignity and sustainable futures.

We are proud to announce that the Development Bank of Southern Africa is again a major sponsor of the IIPT 2nd African Conference on Peace through Tourism. DBSA was also a major sponsor of the IIPT 1st African Conference in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Conference, South Africa in March 2002.

Organizations interested in having a sponsorship role in the IIPT 2nd African Conference are invited to contact Rich Fromer, Email address:

Conference Venue and Official Hotel
We are pleased to announce that the Golden Tulip Hotel, Dar es Salaam is the venue and official hotel of the IIPT 2nd African Conference. Special hotel rates have been negotiated.

To Register
To Register, please visit our website:  and complete the registration form.

The Second IIPT African Conference builds on the foundations of two Global Summits on Peace through Tourism (Amman, Jordan – Nov. 2000; and Geneva, Switzerland, Feb. 2003) and the First IIPT African Conference, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, March 2002).

McManus Lounge, Hollister Hall, Cornell University
Saturday, October 4th, 2003

The Africa Development Institute of Cornell University, and IIPT have collaborated in the organization of a Symposium to be held Saturday, October 4th, 2003 at Mcmanus Lounge, Hollister Hall, Cornell University. Theme of the Symposium:
Tourism, Sustainable Tourism, Culture and Development in Africa

Speakers will include Prof. Muna Ndulo, Director, Institute for African Development and Professor, Cornell Law School; IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore; Neel Inamdar, Center for Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, a joint initiative of Stanford University and Institute for Policy Studies; Agi Kiss, Africa Environment and Social Development Group, World Bank; Giovanni DiCola, Director, Universitas; Fred Nelson, Representative, Kenya Office, World Bank; David Stipanuk, Professor, Hotel Management, Cornell; Amit Shamar, University of Iowa; Duane Chapman; Professor, Environmental Economics, Cornell; Tom Milton, Global Manufacturing and Service Department, International Finance Corporation; Margaret Greico, Visiting Professor, Institute for African Development, Cornell; and Joel Frank, Acting Director, Tourism, U.S. National Parks Service.

The Symposium will also serve as a Preparatory Conference for the IIPT 2nd African Conference on Peace through Tourism, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania,
December 7-12, 2003.

Institute for African Development Director, Prof. Muna Ndulo, and IIPT President Louis D’Amore, are pleased to extend a welcome to all who are interested in participating. There is no registration fee.



Daphne Lowe Kelley Appointed Coordinator of Chapter Development

We are pleased to announce that Daphne Lowe Kelley has been appointed as IIPT Chapter Development Coordinator. Daphne is President of the IIPT Australia Chapter, which has had several successful events since its formation including the First IIPT Australia Conference reported on in last months’ newsletter. Daphne brings several years of experience to her role as Coordinator from both travel and tourism, as well as public relations and event management.

Considerable interest in the formation of new chapters was expressed at the Geneva Summit. Some 10 chapters are currently at various stages of development in addition to the existing IIPT Caribbean, Australian, and Indian Ocean Chapters. The IIPT Pakistan Chapter had its official opening last month as reported on in the August newsletter.
A preliminary set of guidelines for chapters has been prepared and will be refined further in the months ahead. For additional information on Chapter development, please contact Daphne Lowe Kelley, email: Daphne Lowe Kelley

Australia Chapter’s 2003 Annual General Meeting a Celebration of Achievements

Australia Chapter members and guests attended the annual general meeting of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (Australia) Incorporated, held in Sydney on September 25, 2003 in the presence of City of Sydney Councillor Fabian Marsden. The meeting was held in a private room at the Marigold Restaurant and was followed by a Chinese banquet dinner.
City of Sydney Councillor Fabian Marsden and Timor-Leste Consul General Abel Guterres with Daphne Lowe Kelley, IIPT Australia Chapter President. Committee member Gail Parsonage with Paul Gianniotis (centre) and Treasurer Jeff Hakim. Daphne Lowe Kelley making a presentation to Timor-Leste Consul General  Abel Guterres.

President Daphne Lowe Kelley reported on the chapter’s projects and activities. Noteworthy achievements included: the very successful first conference held in March 2003; the Peace Through Tourism academic course developed by chapter members, Lynda-Ann Blanchard and Freya Higgins-Desbiolles (see next article); and the two exhibitions in support of East Timor, Timor Lorosae-Images for Peace (May 2002) and Weaving Women’s Stories Tias Exhibition (May 2003). Mention was made of the importance of “getting the message to the media and the industry” and that this was an on-going educational process. A second Australia conference is scheduled for September 2004.

The newly elected 2003-2004 Executive Committee has nine members: President, Daphne Lowe Kelley; Vice President, Marilyn Readhead; Treasurer, Jeff Hakim; Secretary, Faye Alexander; Committee members Lynda-Ann Blanchard, Ian Kelly, Gail Parsonage, Georgina Pickers and Jaqui Preketes. This expanded committee has representatives from the states of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia.

Guest of honour was the Consul General for Timor-Leste, Abel Guterres, who spoke about East Timor’s approach to the development of its tourism industry. Consul General Guterres was presented with a set of mounted photographs (by photo-journalist HT Lee) from the exhibition.

Australia Launches First Academic Course on Peace through Tourism
An initiative of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Australia, the first academic course on Peace through Tourism, will be offered at national and international universities from next year.

Peace Through Tourism (PACS6910) will be offered as a Sydney Summer School course from January 5 to 14, 2004, by the University of Sydney’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies. Enrolments open on September 15 and close on November 28, 2003. The course will be available to post-graduate degree students and tourism professionals with industry experience. 

According to Daphne Lowe Kelley, President of IIPT Australia, there is increasing industry awareness about this new area of study. “The industry needs peace to flourish and peace through tourism can be a catalyst to international peace and security.” Travel and tourism industry professionals who complete this course will be awarded a Certificate in Peace Tourism from the University of Sydney.

The course coordinators are Lynda-Ann Blanchard, Lecturer, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Sydney and Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, Lecturer in Tourism, School of International Business, University of South Australia. “As a tourism academic, I think the contribution that tourism can make to securing peace within our community is a very important phenomenon to study and is at the cutting edge of academic endeavour both within Australia and internationally,” said Higgins-Desbiolles.

“I am pleased to see this exciting development. This is the first course of its type in Australia and should prove most attractive to students across many disciplines,” said Professor John Fien, Director of the Education Program at the Cooperative Research Centre for Sustainable Tourism, Griffith University.

Transcend Peace University will also include Peace Through Tourism in its interdisciplinary graduate program as a 13-week on-line course from February 2004. 

For further information, please contact: Lynda-Ann Blanchard phone (02) 9351 5440 email: 
IIPT (Australia) Inc, GPO Box 670, Sydney NSW 2001 Ph (61 2) 9299 8942 Email 
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Mary Long of Portland, Oregon to Coordinate West Coast (U.S.) IIPT Chapter

Mary Long will take steps in the coming months to begin organization of a Northwest Chapter of IIPT (Oregon, Washington State, British Columbia, U.S. and Canada). She is the Founder and President of Travel Resource Center, Inc, a company specializing in travel education, Training and Consulting and the author of “Travel Wise, Travel Safe: From One Who’s Been There and Back.” A portion revenues from the sale of each book is being donated for the start up of the IIPT Northwest Chapter. Mary participated in the IIPT Second Global Summit earlier this year in Geneva. Interested persons can contact Mary can be reached at, Email: , Tel. 503 232-5362

UN looks to sports to advance Millennium Development Goals

“Sports as a Tool for Development and Peace: Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals” is the title of a report released on September 17 by the 10 United Nations Agencies. The report suggests that the world would be a healthier and less dangerous according to the report. “The aim of the United Nations activities involving sport is not the creation of new sporting champions and the development of sport but rather the use of sport in broader development and peace-building activities,” states the report, published at the request of Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

The report says team sports embrace core values such as cooperation, social interaction, fair play, sharing and respect. Participation in sports and other physical activity also has public health benefits. Initiatives incorporating sports are used to promote drug-free lifestyles, control aggression and build volunteer support for multiple causes. Thousands of street children and orphans also learn life skills while sharing in basketball, dance and other activities.

The IIPT will continue to incorporate the theme of “Sport for Peace and Development” in its Conferences, including the IIPT 2nd African Conference; and to forge partnering relationships with organizations that harness sporting activities for the cause of peace and development.

IIPT President to Speak at World Youth And Student Travel Conference

IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore will be a keynote speaker at the World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) being held at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort and Convention Center, Pattaya, Thailand, 12-18, October 2003. The Conference is the only international conference and trade fair devoted exclusively to the needs of the youth and student travel community.
The Conference is hosted each year by the Federation of Youth Travel Organizations (FIYTO) organizes WYSTC in conjunction with the International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC). Peter Kruyt, Director General, FIYTO and David Jones, Director General, ISTC, as well as Ulrich Bunjes, CEO, International Youth Hostels were featured on a panel at the Geneva Summit on “Youth Travel – Tomorrow’s Leaders Building International Understanding and Peace.” The WYSTC presents a further opportunity to continue building a partnering relationship with the world’s three largest youth travel organizations – together accounting for more than 30 million international youth trips a year. In total, youth travel accounts for 20% of the international travel market. For more information, please visit website: