STOWE, Vermont & LUSAKA, Zambia – The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) has received an enthusiastic response to its newly-formed IIPT Consortium of Collaborating Universities (IIPT-CCU). Some twenty universities have responded from regions throughout the world including Africa, Asia, North America, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean, and South Pacific.
The newly-formed IIPT Consortium of Collaborating Universities (IIPT-CCU) will be housed at Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) in Lusaka, Zambia.
Participating universities have agreed to collaborate in providing third and fourth year university students the opportunity to research and write essays on the various dimensions of “Peace through Tourism” with a selection of the best essays being published by LIUTEBM.
As several of IIPT’s conferences and summits – and two of its conference Declarations – the “Amman Declaration on Peace through Tourism” (an official document of the UN), and the “Lusaka Declaration on Tourism and Climate Change” resulting from the 2011 IIPT Lusaka Conference on Tourism and Climate Change, have emphasized the importance of drawing on the “ancient wisdom, knowledge and values of Indigenous Peoples,” the area of research in the first year will be: “Methods of conflict resolution and reconciliation in the ancient traditions of Indigenous Peoples.”
Student essays will also suggest how these methods might be applied in current conflict situations and the role that tourism, culture and sport can play in contributing to the enhancement of these methods.
Third and fourth year students of participating universities are invited to submit a paper not to exceed 2,500 words. A selection of the best papers will be published by LIUTEBM with students and their professors being identified as the authors.
Beginning next year, participating universities will be able to suggest topics for research based on the overall theme of “Peace through Tourism” including the role of tourism in the seven areas indicated in the above “Tourism for a Higher Purpose” paradigm.
INVITATION TO UNIVERSITIES
Any other universities interested in becoming Charter Members of the IIPT – CCU are invited to contact: Louis D’Amore, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
COMMEMORATION OF IIPT 25TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
IIPT has begun commemorating the 25th anniversary of its First Global Conference: Tourism – A Vital Force for Peace (Vancouver 1988). Some 800 persons from 67 countries participated in the conference that first introduced the concept of Sustainable Tourism Development. It also introduced a paradigm of “Tourism for a Higher Purpose” – tourism that contributes to:
– promoting international understanding among peoples and cultures,
– collaboration among nations,
– protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity,
– enhancing cultures and valuing heritage,
– sustainable development,
– poverty reduction, and
– healing wounds of conflict and reconciliation through tourism, culture and sport.
In commemorating its 25th anniversary year, IIPT is launching a series of “Legacy Projects” the first of which is the IIPT Consortium of Collaborating Universities.
ABOUT INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR PEACE THROUGH TOURISM
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.”
IIPT is a member of the International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP), a fast-growing grassroots travel and tourism coalition of global destinations committed to quality service and green growth.