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IIPT felicitates 7 “Global Ambassadors of Peace Through Tourism”

IIPT felicitates 7 “Global Ambassadors of Peace Through Tourism”

First published on eTurboNews: https://eturbonews.com/170309/iipt-felicitates-7-global-ambassadors-peace-tourism

The IIPT Global Awards concluded at World Travel Market (WTM) London on November 6 before a distinguished international audience comprising the who’s who of the movement for Sustainable Tourism. The awards were preceded by short speeches on “Tourism – A Catalyst for Peace.” The event was hosted by Anita Mendiratta, Managing Director CACHET Consulting and Special Advisor the Secretary General UNWTO.

The 2017 IIPT Global Ambassadors of Peace Through Tourism are:

Ambassador of Peace HRH Princess Dana Firas with Peter Kerkar and Ajay PrakashAmbassador of Peace HRH Princess Dana Firas with Peter Kerkar and Ajay Prakash

• HRH Princess Dana Firas of Jordan – Chairperson of the Petra National Trust & UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador

David Scowsill Ambassador of Peace with Ajay PrakashDavid Scowsill Ambassador of Peace with Ajay Prakash

• David Scowsill – CEO EON Reality & Immediate Past President & CEO, WTTC

Mario Hardy Ambassador of Peace with Peter KerkarMario Hardy Ambassador of Peace with Peter Kerkar

• Mario Hardy – CEO, PATA

Fiona Jeffery OBE Ambassador of Peace with Minister Jaykumar Rawal and Kiran YadavFiona Jeffery OBE Ambassador of Peace with Minister Jaykumar Rawal and Kiran Yadav

• Fiona Jeffery OBE – Founder, Just a Drop Foundation

Costas Christ Ambassador of Peace with Carl DantasCostas Christ Ambassador of Peace with Carl Dantas

• Costas Christ – CEO, Beyond Green Travel and Senior Advisor for Sustainable Tourism, National Geographic and Virtuoso

Geoffrey Lipman Ambassador of Peace with Minister Rawal and Sheldon SantwanGeoffrey Lipman Ambassador of Peace with Minister Rawal and Sheldon Santwan

• Geoffrey Lipman – Director Green Growth & Travelism Institute & Co-Founder SunX Foundation

Ambassador of Peace Anita Mendiratta with the IIPT India BoardAmbassador of Peace Anita Mendiratta with the IIPT India Board

• Anita Mendiratta – Managing Director CACHET Consulting, Tourism author & thought leader

Global Man of Peace Dr. Taleb Rifai with Louis D'Amore and Peter KerkarGlobal Man of Peace Dr. Taleb Rifai with Louis D’Amore and Peter Kerkar

The Life time award as a “Global Man of Peace” was conferred on Dr. Taleb Rifai by Louis D’Amore, Founder President IIPT and Peter Kerkar, CEO, COX & Kings who sponsored the Awards.

Ajay Prakash Opening AddressAjay Prakash Opening Address

In his opening address introducing the Awards, Ajay Prakash, President of IIPT India said, “As the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development draws to a close, it’s important to accept that the work is far from complete and that we need to carry the impetus forward into the years ahead. While it’s axiomatic that peace is vital to the promotion of tourism, it is important to reiterate that tourism can be a vital force for the propagation of peace and this can happen only if the concept of Peace Through Tourism forms part of the core business philosophy of the tourism industry.” Commenting on the rationale of the Awards, Prakash continued, “Because tourism is so people centric it is important to recognize and honour exceptional persons in the field who can serve as role models and inspire others to carry the baton.”

Louis D'Amore Welcome AddressLouis D’Amore Welcome Address

Louis D’Amore, Founder President of IIPT recounted the long association that each one of the Award winners had had with IIPT. Each of the Ambassadors was an exceptional person, he affirmed, and IIPT was proud to honour them. Going forward, he said, the IIPT Peace Parks project, the association with Flanders to mark the centenary of the end of the 1st World War under the banner “No More War” and the “Travel for Peace” campaign would be the focus of IIPT in the year ahead leading up to the IIPT Global Summit next summer.
Peter Kerkar, CEO of Cox & Kings, principal sponsors of the Awards paid a glowing tribute to Dr. Taleb Rifai and his leadership of the UNWTO and said that each of the award winners was a person who had changed the world for the better and Cox & Kings was proud to present the Awards. He quoted Taleb Rifai’s simple formula for achieving peace, “What’s good for my neighbour is good for me.”

IIPT Ambassadors of Peace 2017IIPT Ambassadors of Peace 2017 IIPT India VP Kiran Yadav and President Ajay Prakash with Lou D'Amore Founder President IIPTIIPT India VP Kiran Yadav and President Ajay Prakash with Lou D’Amore Founder President IIPT

Helen Marano, Director Government & Industry Affairs WTTC referred to the recent seminal study by WTTC on Tourism as A Driver of Peace which, based on data collected over 8 years, established the first empirical relationship between tourism and peace correlating the parameters of the Global Peace Index and the Tourism Index.

Jaykumar Rawal Tourism Minister Govt. of MaharashtraJaykumar Rawal Tourism Minister Govt. of Maharashtra

Mr. Jay Kumar Rawal, Tourism Minister of Maharashtra commended IIPT on the work it was doing to recognise global icons of Tourism for Peace and Sustainability. He went on to explain the Indian concept of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” which essentially means “The World is One Family” and referred to the recent Government of India initiative to hold a “Paryatan Parv,” a celebration of tourism for 20 days in October to bring people together.

Dr. Taleb Rifai Keynote AddressDr. Taleb Rifai Keynote Address

In his Keynote address, Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of UNWTO said that for the 7th consecutive year, the growth in tourism had exceeded growth in other sectors. However, he said, tourism is far more than numbers and statistics; to travel is a basic human right. Quoting Mark Twain he said “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness…” The 1.8 billion tourists expected to travel the world by 2030 could be 1.8 billion opportunities, or 1.8 billion disasters – the choice, he said, is ours. There is no conflict between growth and sustainability, he said, because sustainability is beyond “Going Green” it’s about sustaining life on Earth. “As I come to the end of my journey as Secretary General,” he said “the thought I would like to leave with is ‘Whatever you do, do it to make the world a better place.’”

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