Jordan Continues Commitment to Peace through Tourism as Sponsor of 4th IIPT African Conference
Kampala, Uganda, May 20-25, 2007

(27 April 2007, Stowe, Vermont, USA) IIPT President, Louis D’Amore announced today that the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan continues its support and commitment to “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism” as a sponsor of the 4th IIPT African Conference being held in Uganda May 20 to 25, 2007 under the patronage of His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President, Republic of Uganda and hosted by Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism, Trade and Industry. The Conference is being organized in support of the U.N. Decade of Peace and the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Jordan will be represented by H.E. Senator Akel Biltaji. In making the announcement, IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore said:

H.E. Senator Akel Biltaji
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

“We are honored to again have the charismatic participation of H.E. Senator Biltaji. H.E. Senator Biltaji was applauded by all for his outstanding contribution as Master of Ceremony and Host of the First Global Summit on Peace through Tourism, Amman 2000, as (then) Minister of Tourism and Antiquities. We have been honored to have His Excellency’s continued involvement as a Master of Ceremony in each subsequent IIPT Global Summit – and now, his participation as a Moderator in the 4th IIPT African Conference.”

Mr. D’Amore also stated that “IIPT is proud to endorse – and support the nomination of Petra as one of the new seven wonders of the world.”

H.E. Senator Biltaji said “The First Global Summit in Amman has had a lasting impact in Jordan, the Middle East – and indeed the world. The Amman Declaration, which was subsequently adopted as an official document of the United Nations, continues to be a landmark document for a 21st Century vision of Global Tourism.”

H.E. Senator Biltaji continued “We are also particularly proud of the IIPT International Peace Park dedicated as a legacy of the Summit at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, site of Christ’s Baptism.”  The IIPT International Peace Park was dedicated on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month – of the first year of the New Millennium and signaled the launching of IIPT’s Global Peace Parks Initiative which now includes some 450 Peace Parks circling the world.”

Other Conference sponsors include the Government of Bermuda and Ministry of Tourism, Environment, and Natural Resource, Republic of Zambia. Media Sponsors include: eTurbo News, Africa Travel Magazine, Travel Talk Radio, EcoClub, Travel Weekly, and Africa Channel. Additional sponsors are welcome.

Theme of the 4th IIPT African Conference is:

          “Building Strategic Alliances Towards Sustainable Tourism Development,
                          Peace and Reconciliation on the African Continent”

Conference goals are to identify new markets in Asia, Europe, the Americas and Caribbean; facilitate product development and investment opportunities; broaden awareness - and commitment, to the social, cultural, environmental, and economic  benefits of tourism; and contribute to reconciliation, peace, and sustained wealth creation on the African continent.

With the participation of Bermuda Premier Dr. Ewart F. Brown, JP, MP as a Keynote Speaker, an additional focus of the Conference will be in support of the Africa Diaspora Heritage Trail (ADHT) and the building of long term relationships of tourism, friendship and collaboration among African nations - and nations of the Africa Diaspora in regions throughout the world. Bermuda has pioneered and promoted the ADHT since 2001.

The 4th IIPT African Conference will include the first ever Africa Media Exchange (A-MEx) being organized in partnership with Counterpart International. The aim of A-MEx is to develop communication strategies – actions - and commitments, leading to a more balanced and positive image of Africa – its lands, its cultures, and its peoples in regions throughout the world.

The Conference will bring together Ministers of Tourism and senior executives of more than 30 countries of Africa, Europe, North and South America and the Caribbean. Participants are from both the public and private sectors of tourism, NGOs, and donor agencies, as well as educators, policy analysts, leading practitioners, entrepreneurs, future leaders of the industry, and senior representatives of related sectors including environment, culture and economic development.

Journalists are invited to go to to apply for media credentials for the 4th IIPT African Conference – and participation in the first ever African Media Exchange,or contact Ms. Karen Hoffman, Director, IIPT Public Relations at email

About International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT)

IIPT is dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and poverty reduction, and through these initiatives, help bring about a more peaceful and sustainable world.

IIPT’s mission is to mobilize travel and tourism, the world’s largest industry, as the world’s first ‘Global Peace Industry,’ an industry that promotes and supports the belief that ‘Every traveler is potentially an Ambassador for Peace.’

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