Interest Builds for IIPT 2nd African Conference
"Community Tourism - Gateway to Poverty Reduction"
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - December 7-12, 2003
Considerable interest is developing for the IIPT 2nd African
Conference on Peace through Tourism to be held in Dar es Salaam,
Tanzania, 7-12 December, 2003. Theme of the Conference is:
"Community Tourism - Gateway to Poverty Reduction."
The Conference is being organized in partnership with the African
Travel Association (ATA) and hosted by the Ministry of Natural
Resources and Tourism (MNRT), Tanzania.
Aim of the Conference
The Conference seeks to harness travel and tourism - the world's
largest industry - as a leading force for poverty reduction in
Africa. Towards this end, the aim of the conference is to develop
partnerships, implementation strategies, and action initiatives that
contribute to sustainable community development, peace and poverty
The Conference will bring together senior African executives from
both the public and private sectors of tourism, NGO's, donor
agencies, educators, policy makers, leading practioners,
entrepreneurs, future leaders of the industry, and senior
representatives of related sectors including environment, culture
and economic development.
Government - Industry - Donor - NGO Roundtable
A feature of the conference will be a Government - Industry - Donor
- NGO Roundtable to build consensus on a collaborative strategy in
mobilizing tourism as a dynamic and catalyzing force for poverty
reduction in Africa.
Key Topics for Discussion
Community Tourism - Achieving Sustainable Livelihoods,
Poverty Reduction and Community Cohesion
The Community Tourism - Wildlife Interface
The Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainable Cultural and Heritage/Community Tourism
Micro-Enterprise and SME Development
Community Capacity Building
Education and Training for Poverty Reduction and A Culture of Peace
Technology Sharing and Transfer
The Role or Tourism in Healing the Wounds of Conflict
Youth Travel & Empowerment
Sports for Peace and Development
Accessible Travel for all
Getting the Community Tourism Message to the Media
The following topics will be addressed in plenary, concurrent
sessions, and workshops:
Persons wishing to submit proposals for the presentation of "Success
Stories" and examples of "Best Practice" are invited to send a brief
abstract to Liz Smith, Conference Coordinator, email address:
Recognizing that youth are our future, we are seeking to identify an
"Africa 100" - 100 young persons who show promise of being future
leaders of the African travel and tourism industry. We welcome your
nomination and ask that your consideration in sponsoring one or more
of the "Africa 100" for their participation in the Conference and a
special "Youth Leadership Forum." Please contact: Liz Smith
firstname.lastname@example.org, Conference Coordinator.
The Conference will also feature an Educators Forum with a goal of
bringing together educators of Travel and Tourism from colleges and
universities throughout Africa to share knowledge, experiences and
ideas for future curricula development and educational initiatives
that contribute to the aims of the Conference.
The Educators Forum will also feature a selected number of
presentations by leading educators. Proposals for presentation of
papers can be sent to Dr. Daniel McDonald
- Coordinator of the IIPT Educators Network.
Assistance in identifying African Colleges and Universities with
Tourism/Hospitality programs would be most welcome and helpful.
Please send contact information to Judy Karwacki, email: Judy
An outcome of the Conference will be a "21st Century African Agenda
for Peace through Tourism" with a focus on implementation of
strategic initiatives and pilot projects that empower local
communities to achieve jobs with dignity and sustainable futures.
We are proud to announce that the Development Bank of Southern
Africa is again a major sponsor of the IIPT 2nd African Conference
on Peace through Tourism. DBSA was also a major sponsor of the IIPT
1st African Conference in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Conference, South
Africa in March 2002.
Organizations interested in having a sponsorship role in the IIPT
2nd African Conference are invited to contact Rich Fromer, Email
Conference Venue and Official Hotel
We are pleased to announce that the Golden Tulip Hotel, Dar es
Salaam is the venue and official hotel of the IIPT 2nd African
Conference. Special hotel rates have been negotiated.
To Register, please visit our website: www.iipt.org and complete the registration form.
The Second IIPT African Conference builds on the foundations of two Global Summits on Peace through Tourism (Amman, Jordan - Nov. 2000; and Geneva, Switzerland, Feb. 2003) and the First IIPT African Conference, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa, March 2002).
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