Rwanda Leads in World Peacekeeping

Amb. Yamina Karitanyi, Head of Tourism and Conservation at RDB will represent Rwanda as speaker at this year’s International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) World Travel Market event ‘Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sports.’

Ambassador Karitanyi will share the lessons learned following years of conflict in Rwanda and the role of tourism, culture and sport in post-conflict reconciliation and socio-economic -development.

This will be an interactive session with questions, comments and insights welcome from the floor.

This session, organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) features leaders of the industry who will share their perspectives on the role of tourism in healing wounds conflict, contributing to post-conflict socio-economic re-development and to a “Culture of Peace” at both the community and national levels and across regions of the world.

The session will be a preview of the IIPT World Symposium on Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations being held in South Africa, Februrary16-19, 2015. The Symposium will honor the legacies of three great Champions of Peace and Non-Violence:

Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. and will commemorate 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.

Action oriented ideas for the Symposium will be welcome at the WTM session as well as your nominations of “real life” case studies of Success Stories for presentation a 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 in regions throughout the world.”

IIPT is dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, poverty reduction, and the resolution of conflict – and through these initiatives, help bring about a more peaceful and sustainable world.

IIPT is dedicated to mobilizing travel and tourism, the world’s largest industry, 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.”

Other panelists in the event being organized by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) include: Dr. TalebRifai, Secretary General, U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Martin Craigs, CEO Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); HiranCooray, Director, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and Chairman, Jetwing Hotels Ltd and Mrs. WahidaJaiet, Managing Director of the Tunisian National Tourist Office (TNTO). Professor Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP) will be the Moderator.

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