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Tuesday, 24 February, 2015, 17 : 00 PM [IST]

IIPT India signs MoU with LIUTEBM to expand IIPT Consortium of Collaborating Universities

The International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) held its Global Symposium at Johannesburg from February 16 to 19 to respect, honour and further the legacies of the three greatest Apostles of Peace - Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King Jr. The theme of the Symposium was "Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture & Sport."

Over 200 delegates from 30 countries participated in the Symposium which was addressed by global leaders and industry experts like Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General, UNWTO; Naomi King, sister-in-law of Martin Luther King;  Nandi Mandela, grand daughter of Nelson Mandela; David Scowsill, President & CEO of WTTC; Prof. Geoffrey Lipman, President, ITCP; Salih Cene, President SKAL International; Alain St. Ange, Tourism Minister of Seychelles; Derek Hanekom, Tourism Minister for South Africa; Dr. Louis D'Amore, President IIPT; Anita Mendiratta, Lead Advisor CNN T.A.S.K., and Ajay Prakash, Founding President IIPT India.

Besides the plenary sessions there were a number of breakaway sessions on Community Tourism, the Role of Media, Best Practices among Indigenous Communities, International Models of Sustainable Communities and the Role of Sports in Peace Building including a full day Youth Forum and Educators Forum,

The Indian delegation comprised 14 management students from SVIMS Mumbai along with Prof Kiran Yadav, Founding Vice President, IIPT India. The students presented the IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveller signed by 541 Indian students to Dr. Louis D'Amore and were awarded certificates, appointing them the first "Student Ambassadors of Peace" from India.

IIPT India signed an MoU with Dr. Patrick Kalifungwa, Vice Chancellor of the award winning LIUTEBM (Livingstone International University of Tourism Excellence & Business Management) to expand the IIPT Consortium of Collaborating Universities by adding Indian Tourism Management Institutes like IITTM and other Indian Universities to facilitate cross cultural student and faculty exchanges and the award of joint degrees in Tourism and Management.

IIPT India intends to hold a Global Summit in India next year and will be conducting a session at ITB Berlin on March 4. The session is entitled "Initiatives for Peace Through Tourism - Focus on the Woman Traveller." The session will be moderated by Sheldon Santwan, Advisor IIPT India, and the panellists include Dr. Taleb Rifai, Anita Mendiratta, Ajay Prakash, Suman Billa, Joint Secretary Tourism and Valsa Nair Singh, Secretary Tourism, Government of Maharashtra.

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