IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations Through Tourism, Culture and Sports
an article by The International Institute of Peace Through Tourism (IIPT)
The World Symposium, organized by the International Institute of
Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) will be held at Emperors Palace,
nearby O.R. Tambo International Airport, Metropolitan Municipality
of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng Province, South Africa February 15-20,
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In announcing the Symposium, IIPT Founder and President Louis
D’Amore said, “Our intent will be to harness the Symposium and
legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther
King, Jr. to build bridges of tourism, friendship and peace between
South Africa, India and the United States – and other regions of the
The Symposium, which has been endorsed by Archbishop Desmond
Tutu, will have two basic aims: to identify strategies and best
practice in cultivating productive, sustainable, peaceful and
welcoming communities through tourism, culture and sports; and
to identify the potential roles of tourism, culture and sports in
reconciliation and socio-economic re-development of countries that
have experienced conflict with a view towards building sustainable
and peaceful nations.
Design of the Symposium will be highly interactive with
international experts in community development, community
tourism, sports, culture and peace engaging with delegates in the
exchange of experiences and ideas; and Ministers of Tourism from
countries that have experienced conflict sharing their insights and
suggestions related to strategies and best practices for
reconciliation, healing wounds of conflict and harnessing tourism,
culture and sports in the re-development process.
In addition to Ministers of Tourism from Africa, selected Ministers
from countries of Europe, Asia and South America that have
experienced conflict will also be invited to participate in inter-active
plenary session panels.
As with past IIPT Conferences and Summits, Pre-Symposium events
will include a full day Educators Forum and full day Student/Youth
Leadership Forum. As well, following the precedent of IIPT’s Fifth
African Conference in Lusaka, Zambia, a full day Traditional Leaders
Forum is also planned.
As well, a US $2,500 scholarship award will be presented to the
inter-disciplinary team of 3-5 students writing the best paper on
the Symposium Theme of Building Sustainable and Peaceful
Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport.
UNWTO The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO),
which has supported IIPT International events since the First IIPT
Global Conference, Vancouver 1988, will again be a partner in the
Symposium. The Symposium will be organized in collaboration with
UNWTO. South Africa Tourism, Gauteng Tourism, South African
Airways and the Metropolitan Municipalities of Ekurhuleni and
Johannesburg are Host Partners of the Symposium. Additional
Symposium Partners and Host Partners will be announced in the
IIPT and Skal International will cooperate in a campaign leading up
to the IIPT World Symposium encouraging towns and villages across
South Africa to declare themselves as IIPT/Skal Peace Towns (or
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