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3rd Global Summit on Peace Trough Tourism announced at Pata Travel Mart

PATA Travel Mart served as a platform last week for the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) to announce the 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism…

PATA Travel Mart served as a platform last week for the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) to announce the 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism. The Summit will be held at the award winning Royal Cliff Beach Resort, Pattaya, Thailand, October 2-5, 2005.

In making the announcement, IIPT founder and President, Louis D’Amoer said, “ We are honored to have the 3rd Global Summit in Thailand, the tourism Capital of Asia. The warm hospitality of the Thai people, together with heir reputation for high quality service, ensures that delegates to the Summit will have a rewarding and memorable experience. I would particularly like o express IIPT’s appreciation for the support and collaboration of the Thailand Convection and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).

The 3rd Global Summit will feature world leaders and statesmen in the travel and tourism industry as keynote speakers, as well as leaders from the areas of Culture, Environment, Sport, Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development.

A series of Concurrent sessions will provide leading edge case studies of “Success Stories” and Models of Best Practice demonstrating travel and tourism initiatives that are serving to promote international understating, an improved quality of environment, poverty reduction and sustainable development. The Summit will also address the growing contribution of sport to international understanding and development- and what more can be done in each of these areas through collaborative initiatives.

An Educators Forum, with leading educators from around the world, a Youth Leadership Forum, and a Young Professionals Forum will also be featured as IIPT continues to place emphasis on future leaders of the industry since its first Global Conference in Vancouver, Canada, 1988.

To further stimulate among students of tourism and hospitality in advance of the Summit, IIPT will award a US $ 1.000 to the university student writing the best paper on “ Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism”.

As with the 2nd Global Summit in Geneva, 2003, leaders of the Youth and Student Travel industry will come together for a mini- summit within the Summit, as IIPT continues to develop strategic alliances with the major organizations involved with youth and student travel such as the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF), the Federation of Youth Travel Organizations (FIYTO), and International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC).

Pre- Summit events will include meetings of IIPT’s Coalition of Partners for World Peace through Tourism, IIPT Networks and Chapters, and IIPT’s International Advisory Board.

Khun Panga Vathanakulm, managing Director, Royal Cliff Beach Resort and Pattaya Exhibition and Convection Hall (PEACH), said: “ We are proud to have this prestigious event sat the Royal Cliff Beach Resort as it will create increased awareness within Thailand, Asia and the world- that travel and tourism is ore than simply an industry with economic benefits- it is a powerful social and cultural phenomenon that helps bring the world together in realization that we are truly living in a global village- where we are all neighbors with one another.”

The 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism builds on the foundations of three global conferences: Vancouver, 1988; Montreal, 1999; and Glasgow, 1999; two African Conferences: Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, 2001; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2003; two previous Global Summits; Amman 2000; and Geneva, 2003-and a series of smaller conferences and symposia in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Pakistan, Israel, Caribbean, United Kingdom, Australia, and the United States.

The 3rd IIPT African Conference is planned for Lusaka, Zambia, February 6-11, 2005 with a theme: Tourism- Pathway to a Peaceful and Prosperous Africa. Aim of the Conference is to develop a 21st Century vision for African Tourism.

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