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International Institute for Peace Through Tourism to Sponsor Summit Luncheon in Geneva, Switzerland

This information orginially appeared in:
BERMUDA TO SPONSOR SUMMIT LUNCHEON
INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR PEACE THROUGH TOURISM Newsletter
Vol.1 No.4 - September 2002

in this issue:
Summit Preliminary Program Outline
Geneva Summit to be Featured at World Travel Market
Bermuda to Sponsor Geneva Summit Luncheon
Preparatory RoundTables Scheduled
More News
Mountain Climbers for Peace
First IIPT Caribbean Community Tourism Conference

Summit Preliminary Program Outline

IIPT is pleased to announce the "Preliminary Program Outline" for the Second Global Summit on Peace through Tourism being held at the U.N. Conference Center, Geneva, February 5-8, 2003.

Plenary Sessions ˇ Tourism's Potential Contribution to Poverty Reduction - Global Perspectives ˇ Harnessing Travel and Tourism as a Leading Force for Poverty Reduction ˇ Linkages of Tourism, Culture, Sport and Sustainable Development in Building a Culture of Peace and Reducing Poverty RoundTable Discussion A "Government - Industry - Donor - NGO Roundtable" with leaders from each of these sectors.

Concurrent Sessions ˇ Strategies for Tourism Related Micro- Enterprise Development in Least Developed Countries ˇ Educating and Capacity Building for Poverty Reduction through Tourism ˇ Development and Marketing of Destinations Emerging from Conflict ˇ Educating and Capacity Building for Poverty Reduction ˇ Youth Travel - A New Generation Building Peace and Sustainable Development ˇ The Role of Sport in Peace and Development ˇ Linkages of Tourism, the Arts, Culture, and Heritage in Poverty Reduction ˇ Accessible Travel for All ˇ Doing Well and Doing Good ˇ Environment, Biodiverstiy, Sustainable Tourism and Poverty Reduction

Full Day Sessions - Opening Day, Feb 5 ˇ International Educator's Forum ˇ Rural and Community Based Tourism Forum ˇ Spirituality in Tourism Forum ˇ International Student Forum Meetings - Opening Day, Wednesday, Feb. 5 ˇ Founding Meeting of IIPT Young Professionals Network ˇ Meeting of IIPT Coalition of Partners for World Peace through Tourism ˇ Meetings of Boards of Directors or Executive Committees International organizations wishing to have their Board of Directors meeting, or Executive Committee meeting in connection with the Summit are invited to contact IIPT iipt@together.net to make arrangements.

IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler

Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world, and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:
Journey with an open mind and gentle heart
Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter
Revere and protect the natural environment which sustains all life
Appreciate all cultures I discover
Respect and thank my host for their welcome
Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet
Support travel services that share these views, and act upon them and,
By my spirit, words and actions, encourage others to travel the world in peace. Newsletter production and distribution compliments of the International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP)- click for more information and to join ICTP click

Dear Colleague,

IIPT is proud to announce that the Bermuda Ministry of Tourism will be a luncheon sponsor at the Second Global Summit on Peace through Tourism, being held at the UN Conference Center, Geneva, February 5-8, 2003. Hon. David H. Allen will host the luncheon, which will feature the recently launched "African Diaspora Heritage Trail." We are similarly proud to announce the continued support of Reed Travel Exhibitions. The Geneva Summit will be featured in a center-stage ceremony on Opening Day, November 11th, at World Travel Market.We are also pleased to provide you with the "Preliminary Program Outline" of the Geneva Summit which will honor the legacy of UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjold as a Man of Peace. The Summit is being organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) in collaboration with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC). Aim of the Summit is to continue "Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism" and to mobilize the world's largest industry, travel and tourism, as a leading force for poverty reduction.

Preparatory Roundtables have now been scheduled for Geneva, September 25 and 27, and Washington October 15. The Roundtables will provide significant input to the outcomes of the Summit. Representatives of international organizations interested in participating in one of the workshops in either Geneva or Washington are invited to contact the IIPT. Conventus of Switzerland has been selected as the PCO for the Summit. They are currently constructing a website for online registration and hotel accommodation. The website should be functioning by September 12 at www.iipt2003.ch. We look forward to your joining us in this milestone event for the travel and tourism industry in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World. With best regards, Louis D'Amore Founder and President

Geneva Summit to be Featured at World Travel Market

Second Global Summit on Peace through Tourism will be featured in a Center-stage ceremony on Opening Day, November 11th at World Travel Market, the premier global event for the travel and tourism industry. Now in its 23rd year, the four-day event will bring together some 5,000 travel and tourism companies from more than 172 countries. This year, the exhibition will be held for the first time at ExCeL - the purpose built exhibition and conference center located in the heart of London's historical Docklands.Speakers in the center-stage ceremony will include Jean-Claude Baumgarten, President, World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC); H.E. Akel Biltaji, Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority (ASEZA); Louis D'Amore, Founder and President, International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT); and host Tom Nutley, Managing Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions.

Tom Nutley captured the spirit of World Travel Market, the IIPT, and indeed the travel and tourism industry in his opening paragraphs of his Foreword to the "Official Catalogue" of WTM 2001: "Bringing people together from around the world of every creed and colour to conduct business and make what are often lifelong friendships, has always been one of the heart warming bi-products of World Travel Market. For many years now, I have watched and delighted in the greetings and sincere welcomes you see in every aisle, and around every corner of the event; people from totally different backgrounds, cultures and regions who grasp hands together and, before getting down to business, talk about their families, their children, how they have been, and what's new" IIPT is honored and grateful for the wholehearted support of Tom Nutley and Reed Travel Exhibitions. For more information on World Travel Market and to Pre- Register WTM website

Bermuda to Sponsor Geneva Summit Luncheon IIPT is proud and honored to announce that the Bermuda Ministry of Tourism will sponsor a luncheon at the Second Global Summit on Peace through Tourism. The luncheon, featuring the African Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) will be hosted by Hon. David H. Allen, Bermuda Minister of Tourism. The Concept of an African Diaspora Heritage Trail was seeded at the First Global Summit on Peace through Tourism in Amman, Jordan, November 2000. By the spring of 2001, The African Diaspora Heritage Trail was launched as a self-guided tour in Bermuda. The following month, at the Africa Travel Association Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, the "Trail" was endorsed by both the ATA and IIPT as a global cross border initiative.

The aim of the African Diaspora Heritage Trail is to "identify, conserve and promote historic sites linked with the development and progress of people of African descent." Implementation of the Trail as an international initiative gained significant momentum with the outstanding success of the First African Diaspora Heritage Trail Conference in Bermuda this past May. "The transatlantic slave trade transported more than four million Africans to North America and the Caribbean over a span of nearly four centuries. As such, the African Diaspora left an indelible mark behind that links nations together with a common historical and cultural bond. It (is time) that we explore these bonds and create a trail that examines our shared history." Hon. David H. Allen, Bermuda Minister of Tourism

Preparatory RoundTables Scheduled

Preparatory RoundTables for the Second Global Summit on Peace through Tourism have been set for Geneva and Washington, D.C. The "input" received in the Roundtables will be a significant contributing factor in shaping the outcomes of the Second Global Summit. Two RoundTables have been scheduled for Geneva. Some 60 international organizations in Geneva have been identified that, in one-way or another, as being related to the Summit aim: "To mobilize the world's largest industry, travel and tourism, as a leading force for poverty reduction."

The ILO, through IIPT partner Universitas, has graciously offered a meeting room in their building close by the UN campus in Geneva. All day RoundTables will be held Wednesday, 25 September, and Friday, 27 September. Representatives of International organizations interested in participating in one of the RoundTables are invited to email Dr, Nancy Scanlon - Nancy.Scanlon@ritz.edu The third RoundTable will be held Tuesday, October 15, at the World Bank, Washington, D.C. Iain Christie, the World Bank's tourism expert, has again agreed to collaborate with us in the hosting, organization and facilitation of a RoundTable - the last one being in preparation for the First IIPT African Conference. Persons representing international organizations in the Washington area interested in participating in the Washington RoundTable are invited to contact iipt@together.net

Representatives of international organizations Interested in participating in one of the Geneva Roundtables can contact Dr. Nancy Scanlon

More News

Dr Dan McDonald, coordinator of IIPT's Educators Network will be IIPT's invited representative in a feasibility study and conference "DISCOVERY LAKE BAIKAL - Ecotourism in the Baikal Region as a Tool of Sustainable Development." The Conference is being convened in Irkutsk, Lake Baikal Russia. Lake Baikal, or "Sacred Sea," which was formed 25-30 million years ago, is the world's oldest lake. The lake is estimated to hold one fourth of the world's fresh waster. More than 300 rivers and streams flow into Lake Bikal within a watershed area of 540,00 square kilometers

Steve Richards, member of IIPT's Board of Directors, will participate in the Travelers' Philanthropy Symposium to be held at the White Oak facility in Jacksonville, Florida from September 20 to 22, 2002. The purpose of the Symposium, being organized by BEST, is to assist travel-related companies and foundations to develop strategies that educate visitors to the challenges facing destinations and provide them with the opportunity to make charitable contributions that address these challenges. YOUR ASSISTANCE REQUESTED Your assistance in helping us to promote the Second Global Summit among your colleagues and through your various networks would be greatly appreciated. We are seeking to reach all sectors of the travel and tourism industry, public, private, not for profit and educational, as well as related sectors including the arts, culture and heritage, environment, economic development, sports, and groups promoting inter-faith dialogue.

Mountain Climbers for Peace IIPT was honored to join with the Himalayan Club, Green Globe, Pacific Asia Travel Association and SKAL International in endorsing the members of the IUCN-UIAA Summit Team in their climb together in Switzerland between 24 and 29 August 2002. The purpose of the climb was to recognize the success of the Swiss Government in achieving UNESCO World Heritage status for the Jungfrau-Aletsch-Bietschhorn region and to promote transboundary co-operation for sustainable development and peace. The climb was particularly noteworthy as the Team was comprised of mountaineers from India and Pakistan and a quadruple amputee from Scotland. Notable firsts of the climbing team included climbs of the via ferrata on the Tour d'Ai (2330m), Les Diablerets (3209m), and the Monch (4099m). A full record of activities is available from www.iucn.org and www.uiaa.ch.

The Summit Team stressed the value of international links and exchanges in sport, culture and tourism as effective vehicles for promoting peace, cooperation and understanding among people of different backgrounds. The Team also hopes that sports organizations in India and Pakistan will make new efforts to share and enjoy the common sporting and cultural interests of the two nations that would lead to co-operation and understanding. IIPT is currently exploring ways to sustain this noble initiative in promoting understanding between India and Pakistan through Tourism, Culture and Sport at the Second Global Summit in Geneva and is hopeful that one or more members of the climbing team will be able to join us at the Summit.

First IIPT Caribbean Community Tourism Conference

The 1st IIPT Caribbean Community Tourism Conference, "Building Communities through Community Tourism," will be held at the Wyndham Rose Hall Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica, December 6-10 2002. The Conference is being organized and hosted by The Sustainable Communities Foundation (SCF), which represents the IIPT Caribbean Chapter.The purpose of the conference is to raise awareness to the potential of community tourism as a means of fostering micro-enterprise development and job creation; and to empower communities through meaningful community dialogue and participation in achieving sustainable community development. International product standards, market perspectives and financing approaches will be provided through case studies and experts in the field. More information is available from the IIPT Caribbean Chapter:Daphne Lowe Kelley, President of IIPT Australia, and Corinne Parry, IIPT representative in Turkey, are collaborating on two initiatives.

POST ANZAC DAY PEACE CONCERT: Concept is to hold a Post ANZAC Day Peace Concert in Turkey featuring bands and entertainment from Turkey and Australia. Proposed date is 26 April 2003 and proposed venue is the Ephesus Amphitheatre. PEACE PARKS: Separate to or in conjunction with the ANZAC Day Peace Concert, this will involve the reciprocal dedication of a Peace Park in Turkey and one in Australia. The parks will be dedicated to all those who lost their lives at Gallipoli (or in war)

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