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International forum will focus on impact of travel industry on diplomacy, cultural understanding and prosperity

International forum will focus on impact of travel industry on diplomacy, cultural understanding and prosperity ( SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Jordan is the venue for the Tourism, Progress and Peace conference set for March 24-26, 2011 at the Dead Sea Spa Hotel. The announcement was made by the co-organizers of the event, TravelTalkMEDIATM founder Sandy Dhuyvetter and International Centre for Peace Through Tourism research founder Dr. Omar Moufakkir.

”The realities of the 21st century, including globalization, the EU enlargement, immigration, terrorism, home-grown terror, made and natural catastrophes, extremism, wars and conflicts, stereotypes, perceptions, greed, and rising poverty, necessitate a closer look at the role of tourism in contributing to a more peaceful world,” stated Dr. Omar Moufakkir.

The newly-released book, Tourism Progress and Peace, edited by Dr. Moufakkir, examines the relationship between tourism and peace. Professors, governmental officials, and travel experts from around the world examined the relationship between tourism and peace and advanced strategies related to specific issues and contexts.

“The extraordinary response to the book made it important to create a venue where educators, practitioners, policymakers, and business leaders could come together to exchange ideas, present works, and collaborate on projects to contribute to the global awareness of peace through tourism,” said Sandy Dhuyvetter.

Call for abstracts has begun and early registration begins October 1. Abstracts are being accepted from every sector of tourism. Information concerning abstract submission can be found at: .

For more information about Tourism Progress and Peace, the Conference, go to: .


TravelTalkMEDIA brings visibility and focus on diplomacy, cultural exchange, and economic sustainability through tourism. From studios based in the San Francisco Bay Area and from remote destinations around the world, Sandy Dhuyvetter and the TravelTalkMEDIA team produce award-winning radio programs, TV programming, and newsletters each week featuring informative travel news and relevant interviews with the leading experts in the travel and tourism industries. Audio and video segments are broadcast on conventional radio and TV stations in the US and around the world. A leader in the use of new media and social media since its inception in 2001, archives of all recent broadcasts of TravelTalkRADIO and BusinessTravelRADIO are available at .


The mission of the center is to work towards building bridges out of the walls (cultural differences, religion, traditions, and lifestyles) that, sometimes, keep us apart. The ICPTR’s objective is to conduct academic research to contribute to the development of tourism as an agent of peace. It is the first center to have peace and tourism as a focus of inquiry. The objective is to conduct scientific research projects to empirically assess the myths and realities associated with peace through tourism, encourage debate about the place of tourism within peace and conflict studies, and participate in national and international networks that work on issues related to conflict management.


The hotel is ideally located at about 408 meters under sea level. It’s a one-hour drive from the international airport and 45 minutes from the capital (Amman). The resort village is designed as a wide and open area with a free view of the sea and an impressive surrounding.

Karen Hoffman The Bradford Group Email: Phone: (212) 447-0027

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