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.
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
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
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.