Second Global Summit on Peace through Tourism will take place at the UN
Conference Center, Geneva, Switzerland, February 5-8, 2003. The Summit
is being organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism
(IIPT) in partnership with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).
Goals of the Second Summit will be to first, continue building a “Culture
of Peace through Tourism” in support of the U.N. Decade of Peace and Non-violence
for the Children of the World; second, develop a coordinated strategy
for poverty alleviation through tourism; and thirdly, nurture partnering
relationships focused on initiatives in support of the first two goals.
making the announcement, IIPT President Louis D'Amore, said, “we welcome
the support of this historic new partnership with WTTC, which will help
mobilize the world’s largest industry in achieving the goals of the Summit.
It is in the Travel Industry’s enlightened self interest to work
towards the realization of a peaceful, and stable socio-political environment
in which world travel and tourism can thrive.”
Baumgarten, President, WTTC, said “this initiative builds on WTTC’s work
to make the travel and tourism industry a harmonious contributor to social
and economic equality with opportunities for all of the world’s communities.
We are very pleased to further our work together with IIPT, following
on from our successful cooperative effort in Amman, Jordan in 2000.”
currently estimates the value of the global industry to be almost US $3,300
billion, and is responsible for employing 198 million people (one in every
13 jobs). Its forecast over the next ten years sees the worldwide industry
growing by almost four percent per annum, and in the process creating
millions of job opportunities.
Speakers at the Second Global Summit will include Nobel Peace Prize winners,
international travel and tourism industry statesmen, and world leaders
in the areas of culture and heritage, sport, environment, economic development,
and inter-faith dialogue
“Government – Industry – Donor Round-Table” will be a feature of the Geneva
summit with leaders from each of these sectors exchanging ideas, and reaching
consensus, on a coordinated strategy for poverty alleviation.
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will be made at the Summit, and in a series of workshops and conferences
leading up to the Summit, to expand the current base of partners within
the travel and tourism industry to include partners in the areas of education,
culture, sport, environment and religion in “Building A Culture of Peace
through Tourism” in support of the UN Decade of Peace and Non-Violence
for the Children of the World.
first IIPT African Conference on Peace Through Tourism, organized in partnership
with the Africa Travel Association (ATA) and the Mpumalanga Tourism Authority,
in Nelspruit, South Africa, March 3-7, 2002, marked an historic beginning
in developing strategic approaches and partnerships for poverty alleviation
on this important continent – home to most of the world’s 48 Least Developed
Countries. Some 220 participants from 20 countries took part in the five
day conference. So well received, Tanzania already announced that it will host
the next IIPT African Conference on Peace Through Tourism in 2003..
Second Global Summit was first announced in a center stage ceremony at
the World Travel Market, London in November 2001 – two months after the
tragic events of September 11. The
announcement was made by, and with, industry leaders from around the world
recognizing that, efforts to build a culture of peace are more important
now than ever before in our history.
Geneva Summit builds on the successful First Global Summit held in Amman,
Jordan – November 8-11, 2000. His
Majesty King Abdullah II was Royal Patron of the Summit, and American
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outcomes included the Amman Declaration ratified by participants from
some 60 countries including 23 CEO’s of major travel companies and members
of the World Travel and Tourism Council, 16 Ministers of Tourism, members
of the World Tourism Organization, and heads of more than 20 international
travel and tourism associations.
The Amman Declaration has since been incorporated as an official
outcomes included the formation of a Coalition of Partners for World Peace
through Tourism with more than 25 founding partners - each committed to
a Millennium Project that contributes to the vision of “Tourism as a Global
Peace Industry”; four international networks (Educators, Rural and Community-Based
Tourism. Spirituality, and Indigenous Tourism); and the launch of a Global
Peace Parks Project from Bethany Beyond the Jordan, site of Christ’s baptism
- on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th
month, of the first year of the new Millennium
Organizations Encouraged to Hold Board Meetings at Summit
and WTTC extend an invitation to international travel and tourism organizations,
and others interested in “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism”
to hold their Executive Committee Meeting on February 5th in
Geneva in connection with the Summit.
Rooms for this purpose will be made available at the UN Conference
Center, Geneva for organizations expressing interest.
International Institute For Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) is a not-for-profit
organization dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives
which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved
quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and through these
initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world.
World Travel & Tourism Council is the global business leaders forum
for travel and tourism. Members are chief executives from all sectors
of the travel industry. The mission of the Council is to raise awareness
of the importance of the travel and tourism industry and to work with
governments to create and implement policies that can unlock the industry’s
potential to generate economic growth and create jobs.
more information on The Second Global Summit:
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