April 2005 Issue


One Earth One Family: Travel and Tourism – Serving a Higher Purpose


One Earth One Family: Travel and Tourism – Serving a Higher Purpose is the theme of the 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism being held at the award winning Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Pattaya, Thailand, October 2-5, 2005.


The aim of the Summit is to develop a 21st Century Agenda for Peace through Tourism that addresses key global issues of our time. Topics on which consensus will be sought include:

  • A Sustained Travel Industry Response to the Social and Economic Revitalization of Tsunami Affected Countries;

  • The Travel and Tourism Industry Contribution to Poverty Reduction;

  • Healing the Wounds of Conflict through Tourism, Culture and Sports;

  • Promoting Cultural and International Understanding, Tolerance and Cooperation; and

  • Ecological Enhancement and Preservation of Biodiversity.

The Summit is in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the UN Millennium Development Goals. It is being organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT); supported by the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB); and with the support of the World Tourism Organization (WTO).


In supporting the 3rd Global Summit, Khun Peerapong Oeusoonthornwattana, Director General, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau said, “We are proud that this prestigious event is being held in Thailand as it will create increased awareness within Thailand, Asia and the world – that travel and tourism is more than simply an industry with economic benefits – it is a powerful social and cultural phenomenon that helps bring the world together in realization that we are truly living in a global village – where we are all neighbors with one another.”



Artist R. Padre Johnson

The 3rd Global Summit will feature world leaders and statesmen in the travel and tourism industry as keynote speakers, as well as leaders from U.N. and Donor Agencies, and the areas of Culture, Environment, Sport, and Sustainable Development. 


3rd Global Summit announcement Center Stage at World Travel Market.
PHOTO FROM LEFT: Peter De Jong, President & CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); Khun Phornsiri Manoharn, Deputy Governor for International Marketing, Tourism Authority of Thailand; Louis J. D’Amore, President & Founder, International Institute for Peace through Tourism; Hon. Patrick K. Kalifungwa, MP, Minister for Tourism, Environment & Natural Resources, Republic of Zambia; Fiona Jeffery, Exhibition Director,  World Travel Market; Michael Stolowitzky, President & CEO, American Tourism Society; and Tom Nutley, Chairman, Reed Travel Exhibitions


A series of Concurrent sessions will provide case studies of “Success Stories” and “Models of Best Practice” demonstrating leading-edge travel and tourism initiatives in areas such as:


  • Pro-Poor Tourism
  • Fair Trade in Tourism
  • Community Capacity Building
  • Sport for Peace and Development
  • Youth Travel & Empowerment
  • Educating for a Culture of Peace Through Tourism
  • Micro-Enterprise and SME Development
  • Healing the Wounds of Conflict
  • Linkages of Tourism – Environment – Wildlife – and Poverty Reduction
  • Community Tourism – The Thailand Experience
  • Volunteer Tourism
  • Parks and Protected Areas – Preserving Biodiversity
  • Role of Communications in “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism
  • Linkages of Tourism, Culture, the Arts and Heritage in Building a Culture of Mutual Understanding and Peace


These sessions will also explore what more can be achieved in these areas through collaborative efforts.



PHOTO: Khun Phornsiri Manoharn, Deputy Governor for International Marketing, Tourism Authority of Thailand, announcing 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism at World Travel Market.

The 3rd Global Summit will bring together senior executives from all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, public and private; U.N. agencies, donor agencies, and NGO’s; leading educators, policy analysts, researchers, practitioners, entrepreneurs, future leaders of the industry; and senior representatives from related sectors including: Culture, Sport, Environment, and Sustainable  Economic Development.


Educators Forum

An Educators Forum with leading educators from around the world is being organized by Professor Kaye Chon, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The ‘Call for Papers’ is available on our website: www.iipt.org or by contacting Professor Chung directly at Email: hmkchon@polyu.edu.hk. The Forum will take place on October 2nd.


International Student and Youth Leadership Forum

An International Student and Youth Leadership Forum will also be held on October 2nd bringing together creative and energetic young leaders from countries around the world who will develop a ‘Youth Agenda for Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism.’  Future leaders of the Travel and Tourism industry may contact Nishit Charadva at email: ncharadva@yahoo.com


IIPT Scholarship Award

To further stimulate thinking among students of tourism and hospitality in advance of the Summit, IIPT will award a US $1,000 to the University student writing the best paper on “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism.”  Essays of no more than 15 double spaced pages need to be submitted to Education Forum Chairman before July 1, 2005, Professor Kaye Chon, Email: hmkchon@polyu.edu.hk. For more information, please contact Nishit Charadva: ncharadva@yahoo.com


Other Forums

Other Forums to be held on October 2nd include a Young Professionals Forum, Community Tourism Forum, Cultural Tourism Forum, and a Forum on Inter-Faith Dialogue.



The 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism builds on the foundations of two previous Global Summits: Amman 2000; and Geneva, 2003; three global conferences: Vancouver, 1988; Montreal, 1994; and Glasgow, 1999; three African Conferences: Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, 2001; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2003;

and Lusaka, Zambia, 2005 – and a series of smaller conferences and symposia in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Pakistan, Israel, Jordan, Caribbean, United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.  A report on the recently held Lusaka Conference can be viewed at: http://www.iipt.org/newsletter/IIPTMar2005.html


IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore said, “We are honored to have the 3rd Global Summit in Thailand as a demonstration of support and solidarity with the people of South East Asia affected by the tsunami. The warm and compassionate hospitality of the Thai people, together with their reputation for high quality service, ensures that delegates to the Summit will have a rewarding and memorable experience.”



Post Summit Tours

As a further demonstration of support and solidarity with people of South East Asia affected by the Tsunami, Post Summit tours are being organized by Pacific World

to Phuket, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Bali.


 Official Hotel and Venue

The award winning Royal Cliff Beach Resort and Conference Center is the official hotel and venue for the Summit. Special Room Rates are available to May 28th.  Participants are invited to book directly with the Royal Cliff: Web: www.royalcliff.com; email: info@royalcliff.com; Tel: + 66.38  250.421; Fax: 66.38  250.511, 250.513.


Official Airline

Thai Airways International is the Official Airline of the Summit and will provide best market fares to delegates participating in the Summit. Please contact your local Thai Airways office mention conference code: TG0510015

Muscat Festival

Star Calloway, a resident of Charleston, South Carolina, and other Charlestonians,  under the auspices of International Peace through Tourism, recently sponsored a booth at the annual Muscat Festival in Muscat, Oman.

Ms. Calloway, in a previous visit to Muscat, was struck by the commonalities of the two cities: both are port cities with long histories of seafaring… both have wonderful beaches… both are known for their hospitality… and the South Carolina logo is a crescent moon and palm tree – both symbols of the Arabian Peninsula. 

Participants of the tour distributed both IIPT information and items from Charleston at the booth and were able to talk with several hundred Muscat residents, helping build bridges of understanding between the two cultures.

Mr. Saif Bin Ali Al-Hinai, the Director General of the Muscat Festival has asked the IIPT/Charleston delegation to return for next year’s festival with a larger delegation.
Muscat Festival

Muscat Festival IIPT Booth

Dr. Dan McDonald on Assignment with Peace Corps in Thailand


Dr. Dan McDonald, Coordinator of the IIPT Global Educators Network has been on assignment as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Northeast Thailand since January of this year.  He is assisting a village and its members in the development of sustainable rural tourism development strategies. Additionally, Dr. McDonald is engaged with several Private, Public, NGO and Academic rural based projects involved with a variety of Cultural Tourism, Agra Tourism, Ecotourism, and environmentally based, sustainable, non formal educational programs and facilities.


Dr. McDonald and representatives of Thai villages plan to highlight Thailand’s Rural Community Tourism Success Stories at the October 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism in Pattaya.

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 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.”

For more information:

IIPT Website: www.iipt.org; Tel. +802  253.2658, Fax: +802  253.2645;

Email: info@iipt.org


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