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International Institute for Peace through Tourism: Collaborating Universities
an article by Newsletter of International Institute for Peace through Tourism

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism received an enthusiastic response to the launch of its Consortium of Collaborating Universities (IIPT – CCU) last year. More than twenty universities responded from regions throughout the world including Africa, Asia, North America, Europe, Australia, the Caribbean and South Pacific to become founding members of the consortium.

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IIPT-CCU was launched with the aim of encouraging scholarly research in the various dimensions of Peace through Tourism among third and fourth year tourism and hospitality students. A selection of submitted papers will be published – and the student writing the paper judged to be most outstanding will receive a US$1500 Scholarship.

Emphasis is on original research of case studies in one of the following dimensions of “Peace through Tourism” –

- 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
- Reconciliation and healing wounds of conflict through tourism, culture and Sport.

Students may consider any other topic area for a case study that is of particular interest as long as it is related to the theme “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism.”

We ask that final submissions not exceed 3,000 words in length. Research papers should be submitted not later than 1 August 2014. The Scholarship winner and selected research papers for publication will be announced during the week of 21 September 2014 (the UN International Day of Peace) and 27 September 2014 (World Tourism Day).

The IIPT Consortium of Collaborating Universities (IIPT – CCU) is housed at Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence and Business Management (LIUTEBM) in Lusaka, Zambia.

Universities interested in participating in the program are invited to contact Louis D’Amore, Email:


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How can tourism promote a culture of peace?,

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Why tourism?

Can tourism be seen as an instrument to achieve complicity between people’s minds?

“There is nothing better that connects two people’s mind than a good conversation” The above quote could be used to describe the effect which tourism has on people. Like a great conversation, tourism could be said to play a vital role amongst people all over the world. It fosters communication in all its senses, intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding.  

In today’s world it is evident that there is a shortage of moral or ethical values amongst people across the different nations in this world, resulting in a globalised world lacking these morals and ethical values. Ignorance, the failure to consider the needs of others, and selfishness are a few of the ways which hinder us from embracing diversity and a common human perspective, which  would result informal empathy, internal moral compassion, tolerance of differences, historical consciousness and interpretation. The above mentioned features are intrinsic, inherent and can be found in the practice of tourism.

Tourism has been emphasized as one of the most effective instruments which continue to tackle to tackle social and economical poverty, as well as encourage the culture of peace practice amongst people. In looking at the UN architecture, one is able to see the growing implications which the tourism sector has on the world and world policies. . ...more.

This report was posted on February 22, 2014.