4th IIPT African Conference
IIPT President Louis D’Amore announced today that H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President, Republic of Uganda, will be the Patron of the 4th IIPT African Conference on Peace through Tourism scheduled for March 2007.
In making the announcement, Mr. D’Amore said, “We are most honored to have President Museveni as Patron of the 4th IIPT African Conference. His Presidency has brought relative stability and economic growth to a country rich in cultural and natural diversity, and hope for a new generation of leadership on the African continent.”
The 4th IIPT African Conference is being organized in partnership with the Africa Travel Association. It will seek to bring a broader awareness to the social, cultural, environmental, and economic benefits of tourism; identify new markets; facilitate product development and investment opportunities; and contribute to reconciliation, peace and wealth creation/poverty reduction on the African continent.
Special efforts will be made to continue building an ‘Asia – Africa Bridge of Tourism, Friendship and Solidarity’ leading up to – and during the 4th IIPT African Conference through the implementation of the MOU.
The Conference will bring together senior executives from both the public and private sectors of tourism as well as donor agencies and related sectors including economic development, culture, sports, wildlife and the environment.
In addition to featuring prominent keynote speakers and case studies of ‘Success Stories’/‘Models of Best Practice,’ Pre-Conference events will include three Forums: Educators Forum, Student/Youth Leadership Forum, and for the first time – a Traditional Leaders Forum. As well, the Pre-Conference Program will include half-day training workshops in selected topics.
The 4th IIPT African Conference builds on the foundations of previous African conferences in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa (2001); Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (2003); and Lusaka, Zambia (2005). As well, it builds on three Global Summits on Peace through Tourism, Amman, Jordan (2000); Geneva (2003); and particularly the most recently held Summit in Pattaya, Thailand this past month that resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Africa Travel Association (ATA).
The Conference is being organized in support of the UN Decade for Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the UN Millennium Development Goals.
First World Peace Travel Tour Sold Out
IIPT began 2006 with the launch of World Peace Travel as a Travel Division of the Institute. The Aim of World Peace Travel (WPT) is to be a model of tourism that exemplifies the ideals and philosophy of IIPT's vision of promoting a "Culture of Peace through Tourism." WPT has been launched with two tours – and a third in the planning stages scheduled for later this year.
We are most proud to announce that the first tour, with the Muscat Festival as its centerpiece, has been sold out. For more information, please contact Donald King: firstname.lastname@example.org
Muscat, the capital city of Oman in the Arabian Gulf, is the focus of the first tour. In addition to the opportunity to see the spectacular sights of this country (mountains, canyons, sea and desert) the tour participants will be able to serve as hosts in the IIPT booth at the Muscat Festival interacting with the local population and other visitors to the Festival. The Muscat Festival is an annual event of Oman’s capital city. It is held in the evenings (in a park near the ocean) so that tour participants can spend each day sight-seeing and in the evenings, enjoying the festival and people of Oman.
$2120 per person
The cost includes: All transfers and portages; visa fees; two meals per day in Oman; sightseeing and entrance fees; all hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy) motor coach and driver and all guide services and entrance fees. Single supplement $455.
Not included: Airfare to Muscat; medical or cancellation insurance, gratuities and personal items.
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The itinerary for the Iran tour will allow for visits to Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Zoroastrian sites. However, our goals will go beyond seeing the sights. The itinerary will be planned so that there will be opportunities to meet and visit with Iranians. We have tentatively planned an itinerary that begins April 29th and concludes May 9th, 2006.
$2788 per person
The cost includes: All domestic air fare; all transfers and portages; three meals per day in Iran; sightseeing and entrance fees; all hotel accommodations (based on double occupancy) motor coach and driver and all guide services. Single supplement $455.
Not included: Airfare to Tehran; passport and visa fees, medical or cancellation insurance, gratuities and personal items.
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Ian Kelly Named Coordinator of IIPT Educators Network
IIPT President Louis D’Amore has announced that Dr. Ian Kelly has been selected as the new Coordinator of the IIPT Educators Network.
Ian was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and has lived, worked and studied in Britain, Canada and Australia. He has been an educator throughout his working life - as school teacher and university academic. Initially a geographer, he switched to tourism management in 1990. He developed and ran tourism courses at Monash and Swinburne Universities in Australia before retiring in 2000.
Ian now works in an adjunct capacity with the University of South Australia (Adelaide), with a teaching and research focus on destination management, educational tourism and tourism education. His formal involvement in Peace through Tourism dates from the IIPT 1999 Glasgow Conference.
Ian’s primary objectives as Coordinator of the IIPT Educators' Forum are to facilitate the collection and dissemination of resource materials and establish a working relationship with educators working in the field of peace and conflict resolution.
IIPT extends its sincere appreciation to Dr. Dan McDonald who has faithfully served for six years as the first Coordinator of the IIPT Educators Network. Dan is now in Thailand as a Peace Corps volunteer where he is helping to develop the Home Stay Program of rural Thailand – and judging by his bliss at the 3rd Global Summit in Thailand this past October, enjoying every minute of his new life in Thailand.
IIPT Pakistan Chapter Brings Relief to Earthquake Victims
Fr. Akram Javid, President, IIPT Pakistan Chapter, and his team of volunteers have made two trips to Earthquake victims in Kashmir distributing food, warm clothes, tents and bedding and are planning a third trip in the days ahead.
Fr. Javid conveys his sincere appreciation for the prayers, condolences and help from so many organizations and individual friends for their support and particularly to Kristie McLean who responded to Fr. Javid’s appeal by organizing a drive to collect and send warm clothing to Fr. Javid for further distribution to earthquake victims.
Persons wishing to contribute to Fr. Javid’s continuing efforts can best assist by sending him a check directly to his Bank address by registered mail as follows
FR. Akram Javid,
Thank you for your generosity.
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.”