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President of Zambia lends support to conference on meeting the challenges of climate change to tourism in Africa

President of Zambia lends support to conference on meeting the challenges of climate change to tourism in Africa ( The 5th IIPT (International Institute for Peace through Tourism) African Conference being held in Lusaka, Zamiba, from May 15-20, 2011 will showcase models of “best practice" in mitigating and addressing the anticipated impacts of climate change to tourism in Africa and the developing world.

The IIPT announced today that Zambia President Rupiah B. Banda has agreed to be Patron of the 5th IIPT African Conference: Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism in Africa and the Developing World.

In making the announcement, IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore said: “We are most proud and honored to have President Banda as Patron of the 5th IIPT African Conference. His patronage adds immense stature and prestige to the conference and demonstrates the importance that Zambia has placed on this timely event.”

The conference is hosted by the Zambia Ministry of Tourism, Environment, and Natural Resources, and organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) in partnership with the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), World Travel Market, Regional Tourism Organization of Southern Africa (RETOSA), as well as other prestigious partners and supporters.

The conference will bring together leading experts on tourism and climate change, ministers of tourism, senior representatives of UN agencies, senior government officials, senior industry executives from the diverse sectors of the tourism industry, educators, and practitioners from more than 40 countries.

Topics to be covered include: Climate Change: Policy and Planning to Practice; The Central Role of Parks and Wilderness Areas; Perspectives on Sustainable Destinations; The Human and Cultural Dimensions of Climate Change; Establishing Guidelines and Business Strategies for Sustainable Tourism; Coastal Tourism Strategies and Water Management – and other critical topic areas.

The conference will also include the first ever “Traditional Leaders Forum on Tourism” to be held in Africa with Ben Sherman, President, Native Tourism Alliance, North America, as a special guest.


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, poverty reduction, and the resolution of conflict - and through these initiatives, help bring about a more peaceful and sustainable world. IIPT is dedicated to mobilizing 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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