IIPT LAUNCHES WORLD PEACE TRAVEL
Abrahamic Faith Tour Next World Peace Travel Offering
Following on the success of the Oman Tour, World Peace Travel has organized an ‘Abrahamic Faith Tour’ to take place from October 30 to November 10 of this year.
The tour features historic sites in Jordan and Israel that are significant to Judaism, Christianity and Islam and offers an opportunity to persons of all three faiths to experience as well as discuss their common heritage as ‘Sons and daughters of Abraham.’
Some of the sites that will be visited include: Mt. Nebo from where God showed Moses the Promised Land; the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest sanctuary of Islam, located on the traditional site of the ancient Temple Mount; the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest site; Church of the Holy Sepulcher on the site where Christ was crucified; Mt. Carmel, site of Elijah's confrontation with the prophets of Baal; and the ancient cities of Petra where the Nabataean Arabs, ancient masters of the desert, carved breathtaking temples and monuments, 800 in all, out of the multi-colored sandstone, and Jerash which boasts more Roman columns than Rome.Please click here for the full itinerary.
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IIPT AUSTRALIA CHAPTER PLANS 3RD CONFERENCE
The Australia Chapter, formed in 2001, will hold its 3rd Australian Conference on Saturday, 15 July 2006 at the Avillion Hotel Sydney. The theme of this conference is Tourism – Agent for Peace? This follows on from two earlier Australian conferences, Tourism – Passport to Peace in March 2003, Travel Promotes Peace – Meeting the Challenge in September 2004 and the October 2005 3rd Global Summit, One Earth One Family: Travel and Tourism – Serving a Higher Purpose, which had a significant number of Australians present.
The focus of this conference will be an examination of the travel and tourism industry’s potential to be an agent for peace – what is and can de done and what are the difficulties and limitations. IIPT Australia will be inviting representatives from the major industry organizations and companies to participate in discussions on how best their members can contribute to ‘Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism.’
Peace through Tourism Education Course
Following the success last year of the inaugural Peace through Tourism course, the University of Sydney’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, will again be offering Peace Through Tourism (PACS6910) as a Winter School course in July 2006. This program is an accredited post-graduate course. Tourism professionals with industry experience are especially welcome. Industry participants may enroll as audit (non-degree) students at a reduced fee – a Certificate in Peace Tourism from the University of Sydney will be awarded to those who complete the course.
In today’s troubled times, the ability to understand, appPeace through Tourism Education Coursereciate and honor other people and cultures becomes increasingly important in creating a more peaceful world. The foundation for this kind of understanding is early education. Classrooms around the world are where future leaders, mothers, fathers, workers, business owners, artists and citizens are being groomed. The more our teachers are equipped to talk about cultural understanding from personal experience, the better.
IIPT introduced Coalition members Lori Hall of CSM Communications, and Cindi Reiman of AHA (American Hospitality Academy) in Pattaya, Thailand at the 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism last October. The two joined projects to create this exciting educational and cultural exchange program, which not only teaches peace but also reduces poverty and is sustainable.
The World Peace Passport /Global Classrooms for Peace enables credentialed US primary and secondary school teachers to travel to different countries to experience the school system, educators, people and cultures first hand and promote peace through education. For 3-4 days the US teachers meet with teachers and educators from the other countries, discuss curriculum, share experiences, co-teach with them and are immersed in the host country’s way of life. For 7-10 days they travel through the country as tourists, exploring all it has to offer.
Participating teachers will distribute the World Peace Passport to children and teachers around the world, using the booklet to teach the principles of peaceful coexistence.
An 8 min promotional DVD and 60 min documentary will be produced showing the experience of the first 2 teachers to each country. They will be used to promote the program, provide wide exposure of the host country, encourage tourism and create a greater understanding and appreciation for that country.
The benefits of the program are far-reaching – there is great educational value to both countries; revenue from the program, media value and exposure for the host country can be upwards of $6 million USD per year; a new business is created within the host country to administer the program, tourism revenue increases and economic development improved.
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.”