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IIPT Proud to Announce UN WTO and UNEP As Partners in 1st IIPT European Conference

IIPT Proud to Announce UN WTO and UNEP  As Partners in 1st IIPT European Conference ( Stowe, Vermont, USA – June 24, 2007 - IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore announced today that both the UN World Tourism Organization (UN WTO) and the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) will be Partners in the 1st IIPT European Conference being hosted by Stenden University (formerly CHN University) and to be held in Leeuwarden, Netherlands, October 21 – 25 2008. Theme of the conference is:

“Bridging the North–South Divide through Sustainable Tourism Development”

In making the announcement, Mr. D’Amore said, “IIPT is most honored to again have the UN WTO and UNEP as a partner with us. The UN WTO has been a supporter of IIPT Conferences and Summits since the very first IIPT Global Conference in Vancouver, 1988 – and IIPT enjoys a special relationship with UNEP having done the first international study on “Guidelines and Models of Best Practice – Tourism and Environment” for UNEP shortly following the UN Rio Summit on Environment and Development in 1992. We look forward to continued collaboration with each of them.”

The 1st IIPT European Conference is in support of the U.N. designated Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the UN Millennium Development Goals.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Keynote Speakers who have been confirmed to date include:
Amb. Anwarul Chowdhury
Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

Luigi Cabrini, Director, Sustainable Development of Tourism Department, UN World Tourism Organization

Robert Zimmer, President, Zimmer Group International

Yianis Evangelou, President, Hellenic Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies
Fiona Jeffery, Chairman, World Travel Market

Johanna FRAGANO, President, European Hotel Managers Association

Richard R. Miller, CEO&Managing Partner, TourismROI LLC

Lyndall De Marco, Executive Director, International Tourism Partnership,
The responsible tourism programme of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum.

Taj Hamad, Secretary General, World Association of NGO’s
Additional Keynote Speakers will be announced in the weeks ahead.

Conference Aim
Build on, expand, and leverage current North – South, and South – South initiatives towards sustainable tourism development, poverty reduction, and societal betterment.

Conference Goals
1. Provide a Forum for leaders of governments, private enterprise, educational institutions, donor agencies, foundations and NGO’s to debate and reach consensus on more effective models of achieving North – South and South – South collaboration towards sustainable tourism development, poverty reduction, and societal betterment.
2. Identify Models of Best Practice in North – South and South – South collaboration in achieving Sustainable Tourism Development
3. Facilitate effective knowledge transfer on Models of Best Practice and state of the art contribution of technology to Sustainable Tourism Development, Community Empowerment, and Destination Marketing.
4. Enhance the role of the Media, and the role of Culture and Sport in nurturing North – South and South-South dialogue, relationships and collaboration.
5. Engage Educators and future leaders of the industry in the debate, and in conducting innovative research that will contribute to enhanced North – South and South – South collaboration towards sustainable tourism development.
6. Identify potential synergies with other industries for sustainable wealth creation, poverty reduction, and societal betterment in the Group of 77 Countries, and particularly Least Developed Countries (LDC’s), Land Locked Developing Countries (LLDC’s), and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Conference Program
In addition to plenary sessions with keynote speakers, the conference will feature a series of Concurrent Sessions and workshops where “Success Stories” related to the conference theme and goals will be presented – and workshops held to discuss programs and methods by which to gain greater synergies in achieving sustainable development in developing and emerging economies.

The conference will also feature a full day Educators Forum with leading educators; a full day “Student Forum” and a “Media Exchange” with leading journalists from Europe, North America and Developing Nations debating “The role of the Media in Bridging the North – South Divide through Sustainable Tourism Development.”

Registration for the Conference can be made at:

Persons wishing to nominate “Success Stories” and/or “Models of Best Practice” are invited to send project or program descriptions to: Amy Sotherden, Email: href=""> Educators wishing to present a paper in the Educators Forum are invited to send an abstract of your paper to: Dr. Omar Moufakkir, Lector in Peace through Tourism, Stenden University, Email: href="">; with a copy to Ian Kelly, Coordinator, IIPT Educators Network, Email: href="">

Educators are requested to encourage their students to attend and submit papers for the Student Forum. Abstracts of papers should be sent to Anna Krupp, Email: href="">, with a copy to Nishit Charadva, Coordinator, IIPT Student/Youth Leadership Network, Email: href="">

IIPT €1,000 Scholarship – Student Essay Competion
IIPT will award a €1,000 Scholarship to the inter-disciplinary team of 3 to 5 undergraduate and/or graduate students who write the best paper on: “Bridging the North-South Divide through Sustainable Tourism Development.” For more information on the scholarship award – please contact Dr. Omar Moufakkir, Email: href="">, with copy to Nishit Charadva and Anna Krupp – emails above.

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.”For more information on IIPT please visit website:;

Karen Hoffman The Bradford Group Tel: +1(212) 447-0027 E-mail:

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