March 2005 Issue
3rd IIPT AFRICAN CONFERENCE
The 3rd IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism, held at the Hotel InterContinental, Lusaka, Zambia, February 6-11, 2005 was a huge success with more than 370 delegates from 25 countries participating in the Conference and an additional 100 media persons covering the conference.
Tourism: Pathway to a Peaceful and Prosperous Africa
The “Lusaka Declaration: A 21st Century Vision for African Tourism” can be viewed in on our website: http://www.iipt.org/conference/africaconf2005/LusakaDeclaration.pdf.
CONFERENCE OPENED BY ZAMBIA PRESIDENT
His Excellency Mr. Levy Patrick Mwnawasa SC, President, Republic of Zambia and Patron of the 3rd IIPT African Conference officially opened the Conference on Monday February 6, as Zambia National Television televised the Conference live through out Zambia. President Mwanawasa stressed that peace was essential to resolving the challenges of the global community and to attaining sustainable development. “We need peace if we are to meet the challenges that threaten our survival,” he said. President Mwanawasa repeated his commitment to enhancing investment in tourism infrastructure.
AFRICAN UNION PRESIDENT DELIVERS MAIN KEYNOTE ADDRESS
African Union President His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria, was the Featured Keynote Speaker of IIPT’s 3rd African Conference. Speaking in the Opening Ceremony, President Obasanjo emphasized that the quest for peace in Africa could only be attained if people’s living conditions were improved – and urged African leaders to turn to the tourism sector as an engine of growth. “Africa has what it takes to generate substantial foreign exchange through tourism for development purposes. Africa possesses vast, and largely untapped, natural and cultural resources in abundance in all it sub-regions.”
NELSON MANDELA AND DR. KENNETH KAUNDA HONORED
IIPT honored Nelson Mandela as a ‘Man of Peace’ at the Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, February 7th sponsored by the World Association of NGO’s (WANGO). Nelson Mandela joins with His Majesty King Hussein, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold as world leaders honored by IIPT as ‘Men of Peace.’ Receiving the award on behalf of Nelson Mandela was South Africa’s High Commissioner to Zambia, Mzwandile M. Masala.
The important role of travel and tourism in contributing to Peace and Sustainable Development was highlighted throughout Zambia and Africa, by His Excellency Levy Patrick Mwanawasa’s declaration of ‘National Peace through Tourism Week.’
As a fitting close to the National ‘Peace through Tourism Week,’ An IIPT International Peace Park was dedicated at Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, as a legacy of the Conference. The Ceremony was hosted by Sun International – with the participation of Chief Mukuni and members of the Mukuni Tribe taking part in the ceremonies along with the Mayor of Livingstone and Provincial dignitaries. 2005 marks the 150th anniversary of the sighting of Victoria Falls by Dr. David Livingstone and the Centennial of the Town of Livingstone.
In the week prior to the Conference, U.S. Ambassador Martin Brennan hosted a media conference during which he announced a US$ 7 million grant to Zambia for Tourism Development. Hon. Patrick Kalifungwa, MP, Minister of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources; and IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore also took part in the Media conference.
In addition to the Lusaka Declaration: A 21st Century Vision for African Tourism, the following are selected specific action outcomes of the Conference.
National level ‘Educators Forums’ to be established in Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology will serve as Secretariat to the IIPT Educators network and work closely with IIPT.
An IIPT Youth Coordinating Committee will be established that will initiate and strengthen contacts with existing youth networks, councils, and Tourism Youth Cooperatives to foster economic empowerment, education and training, and social transformation among the rural and urban youth of Africa.
Recognizing that Tribal Chiefs and Traditional Rulers are critical stakeholders in the development of Peace through Tourism; a Tribal Chiefs Forum will be an integral part of the 4th IIPT African Conference in collaboration with the “House of Chiefs” in Zambia, which will also serve as the Secretariat for the preparations of the “Tribal Chief Forum.”
Formation of an IIPT-CPUT partnership for the purpose of building, managing and distributing a body of knowledge on community based tourism, models of best practice, GIS, and map assets in Africa.
Nurture and grow the youth hostel movement in Africa, and as a legacy of this conference – initiate the development of youth hostels in Zambia, Lesotho, and South Africa in collaboration with the International Youth Hostel Federation.
With the leadership of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), facilitate a highly participatory and integrated approach to regional tourism development and conservation in the South East Africa Region with tourism circuits and public, private sector and community investments that are mutually reinforcing.
IIPT together with the Africa Travel Association (ATA), will support Bermuda in the implementation of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) conceived by the late Hon. David H. Allen, former Minister of Tourism, Bermuda at the First Global Summit on Peace through Tourism, Amman, Jordan 2000.
IIPT will seek to organize a symposium among Ministers of Tourism from African nations that have – and are – experiencing conflict, with the aim of harnessing tourism, sport, and the arts in healing the wounds of conflict and building a foundation for social stability and economic regeneration.
The more than 370 delegates from 25 countries included Ministers of Tourism, senior officials from governments, the private sector, UN Agencies, the World Bank, NGO’s, and leading educators, thinkers, policy makers and practitioners as well as executives from the areas of culture, heritage, parks, environment, and development.
IIPT would like to express sincere thanks and appreciation to the many sponsors of the Conference including Title Sponsor the Development Bank of Southern Africa; Platinum Sponsors, CNN and InterContintal Hotels Group Africa; Gold Sponsors the Swedish Embassy, U.S. Embassy, United Nations Development Program (UNDP); Reed Travel Exhibitions; World Association of NGO’s (WANGO); and eTurbo News.
We also express our sincere appreciation to the many organizations that assisted us in promoting the Conference among their members and networks including: African Wildlife Federation, Fair Trade Tourism, South Africa, Talking Travel Africa, Nile Basin Society, Mountain Moderator Forum, Solidarity Tourism, Sustainable Tourism - Rachel Dodds, Call of Africa Safaris, and Rainbow Tours.
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.” (www.iipt.org)
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