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IIPT to stage Community Tourism workshop as part of World Symposium in South Africa 2015
MANDEVILLE, Manchester - International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is a not-for-profit organization founded by Louis D’Amore, President. It fosters initiatives in the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism. The organization contributes to international understanding and cooperation, improved environmental quality, heritage preservation, poverty reduction, and a more peaceful and sustainable world.

Jamaica's renowned community tourism pioneer, Mrs. Diana McIntyre-Pike, OD, has been invited to conduct an All-day Workshop on Community Tourism at the IIPT World Symposium in the Municipality of Ekurhuleni (City of Peace), South Africa. The February 2015 symposium will feature the Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses program together with the IIPT/SKAL Caribbean Peace Villages program.

The theme of the symposium, IIPT's sixth global summit and 16th international conference, is "Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sports." The aim is to identify strategies and best practices for employing tourism, culture and sports to cultivate productive, sustainable, peaceful and welcoming communities and to aid in reconciliation, healing and socio-economic re-development in countries that have experienced conflict.

Endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Symposium honors the legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. and commemorates the 50th anniversary of the African Union, 20 years of South African democracy, and the 50th anniversary of civil rights legislation in the United States. Louis D’Amore says the intent will be to harness the symposium and these legacies and milestones to build bridges of tourism, friendship and peace between South Africa, India and the United States – and other regions of the world.


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