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One Earth One Family - 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism

Northern provinces meet in Mae Hong Son

One Earth One Family - 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism

The 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism took place October 2-5 at the Royal Cliff Beach Resort and Conference Center.

As part of the opening ceremony, an IIPT International Peace Park was dedicated in Pattaya with delegates from countries throughout the world taking part with IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore, members of Rotary and dignitaries from Pattaya City.

A lineup of top ranking delegates from their respective countries; opening their hearts to each other ensures that there is a chance for world peace.

His Excellency Suwat Liptapanlop, deputy prime minister, welcomed delegates on behalf of the people of Thailand and delivered the summit keynote address.

Theme of the 3rd Global Summit was “One Earth One Family: Travel and Tourism – Serving a Higher Purpose.”

Within this theme, the Summit addressed the role of Tourism in advancing the U.N. Millennium Development Goals; A Strategic Response to International Terrorism; Healing the Wounds of Conflict through Tourism, Culture and Sport; a Sustained Travel Industry Response to the Social and Economic Re-Vitalization of Tsunami Affected Areas and other topic areas related to Environment, community tourism, the media, accessible travel for all, empowering youth, indigenous tourism, cultural tourism, indigenous tourism, volunteer tourism, destination crisis management, and poverty reduction.

A major achievement of the Summit was the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Africa Travel Association (ATA) with a view to forging an Asia – Africa Bridge of Tourism, Friendship, and Collaboration.

IIPT Achievement Awards were given to Chung Ju Yung (1915 – 2001), founder, Hyundai Business Group for his pioneering efforts in harnessing tourism to open doors to North Korea; Peace Trees Vietnam, for working alongside the Vietnamese people to transform the destructive consequences of war into a safe and healthy environment for the children of Quang Tri Province by removing land mines and replacing them with trees; and to ‘Just a Drop’ for providing clean water to children and their families in least developed counties and to the survivors of the Asian tsunami.

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) was formed in 1986 in response to global issues of the 1980’s – the growing tensions between east and west; a deteriorating environment; the increasing gap of have and have not regions of the world; and the growth of terrorism, much of it, as today, aimed at the travel and tourism industry.

IIPT’s main goal in organizing its 1st Global Conference on Peace through Tourism in Vancouver in 1988 was to create a greater awareness of the potential for tourism to be a vital force for peace: peace with our neighbors in the global village, peace with nature, and peace with future generations through sustainable tourism development.

For 20 years IIPT has been promoting this ‘higher purpose’ of tourism. It became clear just last month that this ‘higher purpose’ has now gained broad acceptance at the highest levels.

On September 13th at the United Nations in New York, UNICEF, ICAO, NEPAD, UNDP, AND UNCTA, as well as ministers of tourism, industry leaders, and non-government organizations (NGO’s) joined with the World Tourism Organization in recognizing the key role tourism can play in the overall achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, and the capacity for tourism to generate economic, environmental, and social benefits, as well as inter-cultural understanding and peace among nations.

Delegates at the 3rd Global Summit accepted the challenge to harness the broad acceptance of this higher purpose, and to now move forward with concrete actions and initiatives; and to build strategic partnering relationships to implement these initiatives.

The specific actions and initiatives are set out in a “21st Century Agenda for Peace through Tourism.”

Central to the 21st Century Agenda for Peace through Tourism is achieving the vision set out by IIPT in 1986 – that travel and tourism, the world’s largest industry, become recognized 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.

The Agenda has set 2010 for the achievement of this goal – as a legacy of the U.N. Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World – which will come to an end in 2010.

It also set as a goal 2,010 Peace Parks circling the earth by 2010 as part of IIPT’s Global Peace Parks Program launched from Bethany Beyond the Jordan, site of Christ’s baptism, as a legacy of the 1st Global Summit on Peace through Tourism.

The IIPT Global Peace Parks Program was launched on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month, of the first year of the new Millennium. This is the hour when the Treaty of Versailles was signed ending World War I – the ‘war to end all wars.’

Other initiatives include the launch of a World Peace Passport and a Global Youth Outreach Internship Program. IIPT and the Africa Travel Association also committed to support the Government of Bermuda in the implementation of the Africa Diaspora Heritage Trail.

The 3rd Global Summit on Peace through Tourism was organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism with the support of the Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB).

Sponsors included RCI, Reed Travel Exhibitions, Jordan Tourism Board, Jordanian Airlines, Africa Travel Association, the Republic of Uganda, and the Ministry of Tourism, Environment and Natural Resources, Republic of Zambia. Pattaya Mail was a media sponsor of the Summit.

The Summit was in support of the U.N. Decade of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World and the U.N. Millennium Development Goals.


Northern provinces meet in Mae Hong Son

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Mae Hong Son will host a meeting of 17 Northern provinces in December to improve tourism links, products and look at ideas to improve the economy in each province.

Meeting topics focus on tourism business, distribution of revenue in the region, encouraging tourism in each province, setting up tourism products and improve the tourism network in the region.

Lampang Tourism Association president, Thanachai Pongsopavichit said that to link the northern provinces would cause some routing problems because some provinces would lose traffic and the advantage they now have to serve tourists.

“In my opinion, Nakhon Sawan, Lamphun and Phetchabun would lose their advantage while Phrae is still not ready to be a tourist destination,” he said.

He explained that Nakhon Sawan was a gateway destination to the North but people did not stop there because it was too early on the trip. Lamphun and Phetchabun have the same problem. People go through these provinces to more important tourist spots.

The 17 provinces are: Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Lamphun, Lampang, Phayao, Phrae, Nan, Phitsanulok, Phetchabun, Sukhothai, Uttaradit, Tak, Phichit, Kamphaeng Phet, Nakhon Sawan and Uthai Thani. The last meeting of the 17 provinces was held at Lampang Viengthong Hotel 23 to 25 September with about 100 presidents and assistants from various tourist business associations of each province taking part.


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