International Council of Tourism Partners
Peace, tourism and cooperation of destinations
Jun 29, 2011
The International Council of Tourism Partners (ICTP) is pleased to welcome Louis D'Amore, Founder and President of the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism (IIPT), as one of its founding board members.
ICTP Chairman Juergen T. Steinmetz said: “Louis has always been an inspiration for me in his success to link peace and tourism together. It was not coincidental that ICTP was able to make the first announcement of the formation of our new ICTP destination alliance at the IIPT Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism Conference last month in Lusaka, Zambia. The conference received global attention when Zambia's president announced a week of ‘peace through tourism.’
“The conference opened a number of opportunities for nations in Southern Africa to cooperate on tourism issues. We're pleased to see not only Zimbabwe, but the Seychelles, Le Reunion, and Johannesburg joined our new ICTP destination alliance as well.”
Louis D'Amore said: “I am honored both to be invited to the ICTP alliance as a founding board member and also for IIPT to become a founding member of the ICTP alliance. The announcement of the ICTP alliance at the 5th IIPT African Conference this past month in Lusaka, Zambia, was one of the highlights of the conference, and it was particularly appropriate for the theme of the conference, Meeting the Challenges of Climate Change to Tourism, as a goal for the alliance to support in addition to global green growth strategies.”
ICTP is a force for socially responsible and green travel, and supports the UN Millennium Development Goals, the UN World Tourism Organization's Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, and a range of programs that underpin them. The ICTP alliance is represented in Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA; Victoria, Seychelles; Johannesburg, South Africa; La Reunion; and Zimbabwe. ICTP alliance members will benefit from joint marketing and branding opportunities in primary and secondary markets, which are ideal for small- to medium-sized destinations that may not have the resources for developing and implementing projects independently. Members include countries, regions, and cities. For more information, go to: www.tourismpartners.org .
The International Institute For Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives, which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world. It is based on a vision of the world's largest industry, travel and tourism, to become the world's first global peace industry; along with the belief that every traveler is potentially an “ambassador for peace.” A primary goal of IIPT is to mobilize the travel and tourism industry as a leading force for poverty reduction. For more information, go to: www.iipt.org .