New Dates for UNWTO – IIPT Global Summit Announced at UNWTO Gov’t of Jamaica World Bank Conference

IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore used the occasion of the UNWTO  Conference in Jamaica this past week to announce the new dates for the Global Summit: Sustainable Tourism for Development and Peace being co-organized by the UN World Tourism Organization and the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT). The Summit will now be held 27-30 August, 2018. The Summit will continue to be held in Montreal, Canada as originally  planned.

The UNWTO – IIPT Global Summit will commemorate IIPT’s 30th anniversary year since its First Global Conference: Tourism a Vital Force for Peace, Vancouver 1988 which brought together 800 delegates from 68 countries.  The IIPT Vancouver Conference is noteworthy for introducing the concept of Sustainable Tourism and is acknowledged as being the launch of the ‘Peace through Tourism’ movement.

At a time when most tourism was ‘mass tourism’ – the Vancouver conference introduced a new “Higher Purpose of Tourism” paradigm that gives emphasis to the role of tourism in promoting mutual understanding, collaboration among nations, cultural and environmental enhancement, poverty reduction, reconciliation and healing wounds of conflict.

Originally planned to be held in September 2017 as an official conference of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development and Peace – the Global Summit will maintain its original theme while also giving a new emphasis as 2018 is the

China – Canada Year of Tourism, and China – Europe Year of Tourism

Accordingly, emphasis will be given to encouraging strong delegations from China, Canada and Europe. The China Chamber of Tourism has expressed support for the Global Summit with the intent of mobilizing a delegation of Chinese tourism industry executives to take part in the Summit. Mr. Peter Wong, Executive Chairman, and Ms. Wang Ping, President, China Chamber of Tourism are collaborating with IIPT towards this end.

IIPT is currently developing support from key organizations in Canada and Europe with the aim of encouraging strong delegations. As well, having participated in the UNWTO – Jamaica – World Bank Conference in Jamaica this past week, IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore met with Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Jamaica and Host of the Conference, and Mr. Hugh Riley, Secretary General and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), to invite participation in the Montreal Summit by a strong Caribbean delegation.

IIPT is proud to be returning to Montreal, where IIPT was born in 1986, the UN International Year of Peace, with a vision of travel and tourism becoming the world’s first “Global Peace Industry” and the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”

Montreal was also host to the IIPT 1994 Global Conference:

Building a Sustainable World through Tourism

the world’s first major international conference on sustainable tourism featuring the presentation of ‘success stories’ and models of ‘best practice’ related to sustainable tourism.

Save the dates and join with the “IIPT Global Family” in celebrating IIPT’s 30th Anniversary year. Your suggestions to help make this the best IIPT Global Summit since the 1988 Vancouver Conference are invited. Please email: ljd@iipt.org.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, cooperation among nations, an improved quality of environment, cultural enhancement and the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction, reconciliation and healing wounds of conflicts; 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: (315) 507-4059
Email: ljd@iipt.org

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