2006 Issue

       3rd IIPT Australia Conference, Sydney, Saturday, 15 July 2006

Delegates to 3rd IIPT Australian Conference
Vow to Spread the Word

Delegates to the 3rd IIPT Australian Peace through Tourism Conference were inspired to do something positive and tangible to spread the word of the power of peace through tourism over the coming months. The Theme of the conference held July 15th at Sydney's Avillion Hotel was "Tourism – Agent for Peace." 

Keynote Speaker, Mike Hatton, CEO of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents began the conference with a rallying call for action stating, "Yes, tourism is an agent for peace and one which we all should nurture and promote. We in this generation may not see the end result of the labours we put in place - that result may well come as the inheritance we leave behind for those who come after us."

IIPT Australia President Daphne Lowe Kelley opened the conference emphasizing the importance of promoting the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveller (which can be seen at http://www.iipt.org/credo.html) as an appropriate “ethic” for travelers.

Mike Hatton, CEO

Australian Federation of Travel Agents

She also expressed appreciation for the excellent industry support for the Conference.  In particular, Conference sponsors Qantas, Avillion Hotel, Intrepid Traveller, Australian Pinnacle Tours, HIS, Touchdown Tours, Middle East Tours (Australia), and media partner TravelMole were thanked for their support. 

The Conference was honoured by the presence of Louis D'Amore, IIPT Founder and President, whose travel to Australia from North America was generously sponsored by Qantas.  Mr. D'Amore mentioned that this was the 20th Anniversary year of IIPT.  IIPT was founded in 1986, the UN International Year of Peace, to promote a "higher purpose" of tourism that contributes to a just, sustainable and peaceful world.  Mr. D’Amore traced the evolution of IIPT, its future directions, and its concept of peace.

The Conference was also honoured by the presence of His Excellency Hernani Coelho    Da Silva, the recently appointed Ambassador to Australia of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste.  The Ambassador provided an informative summary of the current situation in Timor-Leste, and requirements for sustainable development based on the three economic pillars of agriculture, oil and gas, and tourism.

Conference discussion revolved around an examination of four identified  ‘Agents for Peace.’  The four agents examined were: Travel industry operators and agents (sellers), Industry organizations and government bodies, Tourists and travelers (buyers) and Host communities.

      Cassandra Hawden, Daphne Lowe Kelley, President, IIPT    

      Australia, H.E. Hernani Coelho Da Silva, Ambassador to

      Australia to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste, and Lou    

      D'Amore, President and Founder of IIPT.

The Travel Industry Operators and Agents perspective was presented by Jaqui Preketes from Touchdown Tours and Georgina Pickers a well known travel agent from Queensland.  Dr. David Beirman spoke on the Role of Regional and Multinational Associations in Peace Tourism. Mia Nahm, Industry Placement Manager at Kenvale College of Tourism and Hospitality Management, spoke on Volunteer Tourism together with Cassandra Hawden, a student, who spoke about her volunteer placement over a number of years in a disadvantaged community in Tasmania. Richard Cunningham of World Expeditions spoke on Community Project Travel, and Dr. Deborah Edwards discussed Community Volunteers as silent agents for peace.


       Dr. David Beirman (Astruan & Associates) and Matt MCDonell               Louis D'Amore, Dr Deborah Edwards (University of   

                                                                                                                                Technology Sydney), Mike Hatton (CEO AFTA), Qantas

                                                                                                                                 Professor Larry Dwyer (University of NSW)   


The Conference also enjoyed a highly enlightening interactive panel session led by Dr. Lynda-Ann Blanchard, with Trevor Lake, Managing Director of Discover Asia, speaking about his experiences from Bhutan to North Korea; Matt McDonell, Marketing and Tourism Manager for the City of Wagga Wagga, speaking about marketing peace; Garth Lean, PhD candidate at the University of Western Sydney, speaking about Transformative Travel; and Ian Kelly, Professor at the University of South Australia, speaking about Tourism and the Community - a New Paradigm.  This session also included several Graduate students from the new Peace through Tourism Winter School Programme at the University of Sydney.


Dr. Larry Dwyer, Qantas Professor of Travel and Tourism Economics at the University of New South Wales, provided a summary of Conference presentations and deliberations concluding that while tremendous progress has been made in establishing the ethos and importance of Peace through Tourism, there is much more to be achieved. To do so, significantly greater Australian and global support is required – and it is the responsibility of all at the Conference to see that this happens.


    Richard Cunningham (World Expeditions)        Jaqui Preketes (Touchdown Tours) and       Ian Kelly (IIPT Educators Network

    and Mia Nahm (Kenvale College of Tourism      Brisbane travel agent Georgina Pickers.        Coordinator and  Daphne Lowe Kelley.

    & Hospitality Management).


John Alwyn-Jones, Conference MC and Facilitator on behalf of Conference media sponsors TravelMole, closed the Conference urging all delegates to leave the conference vowing to do something positive and tangible to spread the word of "Peace through Tourism" over the coming months and to let the President of IIPT Australia, Daphne Lowe Kelley, know what tangible and positive action they would be taking. 


Pre-Conference activities included participation in the SKAL Sydney luncheon with IIPT President, Louis D’Amore as a guest of honor with the opportunity to address members of Sydney SKAL; participation in the University of Sydney graduate program on Peace through Tourism, and a Reception at the Avillion Hotel.


     Marilyn Readhead (VP Australia Chapter), Lou D'Amore,                      Lou D'Amore, Marilyn Readhead, Daphne Lowe Kelley,

     Daphne Lowe Kelley, Jenny Soo (Sales & Marketing Director             Chris Richardson (Aboriginal Studies Coordinator, Un.

     Sofitel Wentworth Hotel), Trevor Lake,  (MD Discover Asia)                of Western Sydney) at Peace through Tourism course.

    at Skal luncheon.



     Pam Burling (President ATTP), Lou D'Amore,                                         Lou D'Amore with conference organizers, Gail Parsonage,

     Daphne Lowe Kelley at welcoming reception.                                        Daphne Lowe Kelley, and Faye Alexander.

IIPT – ASTA Sign Partnership Agreement

ASTA - Dedicated to the Business of Selling Travel

We are most pleased to announce that IIPT and American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) have entered into a Partnership Agreement whereby we will work together in ways that can strengthen our common goals.


The Partnership Agreement provides that IIPT is an official supporter of THETRADESHOW 2006 (Travel Retailing and Destination Expo) being held in Orlando, Florida, Sept. 10-12, 2006.

IIPT will use the occasion of THETRADESHOW  2006 to launch “World Peace Travel” – the travel division of IIPT. We hope that you will be able to join with us and ASTA for this important event.


Further, it is our intent to hold a meeting during THETRADESHOW 2006 as ASTA will provide IIPT with meeting space with the sale of four (4) booths to IIPT members. For more information on THETRADESHOW and to purchase a booth, please call 1.866.870.9333 or visit www.THETRADESHOW.org and mention IIPT.


THETRADESHOW 2006 provides an opportunity for collaboration with ASTA and its partners in promoting travel throughout the world as a vital force for international understanding and peace.


Clearly, the mission of IIPT in “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism” has never been more important. The participation of IIPT and its members in THETRADESHOW  2006 will encourage other attendees to spread the word throughout the world that “Every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace”


THETRADESHOW 2006 will host more than 2,000 travel sellers and 1,000 consumers in just three days at one site. Formed from the partnership of the leading travel associations, THETRADESHOW 2006 will include two full days of open floor trade show, business-to-business appointments, a trade and consumer day (Sunday) and two trade only days (Monday and Tuesday). Travel sellers will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with suppliers and to learn in-depth about their products.


THETRADESHOW 2006 is a global and inclusive in-depth networking and educational event. It unites under one roof travel suppliers and buyers from all over the world, representing every segment of the travel and tourism industry.


When registering for THETRADESHOW  2006 as an Exhibitor, Supplier or Buyer, please mention that you are an IIPT member and also let IIPT know of your planned registration (iipt@iipt.org).


For more information on THETRADESHOW  2006, call 1.866.870.9333 or visit www.THETRADESHOW.org. We look forward to seeing you in Orlando.

Bermuda to Host African Diaspora Heritage Trail Global Conference

The African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference, September 27-October 1, 2006Bermuda will be host to an international African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference, September 27-October 1, 2006.  The Conference, sponsored by the Bermuda Department of Tourism and co-chaired by actor/community activist Danny Glover, is part of an initiative to unite African descendents from all over the world in order to enhance cross-border cultural tourism successes and promote stabilization of economies in Diaspora communities.

IIPT is proud to be a partner in the ADHT Conference that will bring together scholars and high-ranking government officials dedicated to the economic and cultural issues within Diaspora communities worldwide.  Conference co-chairs Danny Glover and Dr. Raddell Tankard of Bermuda will be joined by guest speakers that include: Dr. Wole Soyinka, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and noted Correspondent to National Public Radio’s Cultural Desk; The Honorable Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, Ghanian Minister of Tourism and President of the African Travel Association; Danny Glover
Danny Glover
The Honorable Andrew Young, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations; Dr. Lonnie Bunch, Founding Director of the new African American Museum and Center for African American Culture, Smithsonian Institute of Washington, D.C.; and Dr. The Honorable Ewart Brown, JP, MP,
Bermuda’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism and Transport, as they, and other international speakers, offer insight as presenters and panelists on the important issues at hand.

“The island of Bermuda is honored to welcome these knowledgeable Diaspora scholars to offer their thoughts on African heritage and advancing the growing sector of cultural tourism,” said Dr. Brown.  “Cultural travel is on the rise, and its success is vital to Diaspora communities as it not only enriches the economies and also awareness of each area’s unique historical significance.”

The Bermuda Department of Tourism, in conjunction with various global tourism and cultural associations, such as UNESCO, Africa Travel Association, Caribbean Tourism Organization, International Institute of Peace through Tourism,

Dr. The Honorable Ewart Brown, JP, MP, Bermuda’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism and Transport
Dr. The Honorable Ewart Brown, JP, MP, Bermuda’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Tourism and Transport

World Tourism Organization and Travel Professionals of Color, has developed four full days of informative lectures and discussions, an unprecedented International African Diaspora Cultural Heritage Travel and Trade Show, tours of Bermuda’s Diaspora Trail sites -- including the town of St. Georges, a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- and evenings filled with international cuisine and live entertainment.

For more information, please contact:
Jessica Soklow / Katie McCall
Lou Hammond & Associates
Tel: 212-308-8880; Fax: 212-891-0200
E-mail: jessicas@lhammond.com / katiem@lhammond.com

IIPT North East USA Chapter Formed

Diane Panasci has been elected President of the newly formed North East USA IIPT Chapter. Diane has been involved in the travel industry since 1995 and has followed the activities and accomplishments of IIPT during much of this time. 

Diane, together with colleagues Laura Minor, who has been involved with several organizations that seek to bring peace to the world including “Compassionate Listening” and “We Refuse to be Enemies,” and Adrien Glover, Senior Editor, Budget Travel Magazine enlisted the advice and support of travel agents and tour operators with a view to forming an IIPT Chapter. By April of this year, they interested enough people from the travel industry, religion and education to have the first meeting of what is now Travelers In Peace, the NorthEast USA Chapter of IIPT.

The meeting included persons from different faiths, backgrounds and sectors of the industry, all with a common interest in promoting peace, understanding, enlightenment, enrichment, and most importantly a common desire to allow peace to grow.

At a follow-up meeting in June, the chapter adopted its mission statement: “Improving the world through responsible tourism and educational programs that encourage intercultural communication and promote peace.”

Diane Panasci


Laura Minor


Adrien Glover


The chapter also held elections with the following outcomes:

President: Diane Panasci

Vice President, (and Communications chair) - Adrien Glover

Recording Secretary - Betty Ray

Corresponding Secretary – Sheila Jaworowski

Treasurer - Pam Wieder-Bier

Board member at-large - Laura Minor

The next meeting will be held in New York City on September 23rd. All interested persons are welcome. For more information, please contact:

Diane Panasci, President
NorthEast USA Chapter - Travelers In Peace
Institute for Peace Through Tourism
800-853-6453 ext 204


International Institute for Peace Through Tourism
685 Cottage Club Road, Unit 13, Stowe, VT 05672
Tel: +1 802 253 2658 • Fax: +1 802 253 2645


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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