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Tourism: Guardian of World Peace on Global Resilience Day?

World Tourism Network (WTN) and the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) issued a joint statement for the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre to recognize Tourism as the Guardian of World Peace as a form of Resilience.

The World Tourism Network (WTN) and the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) just issued an emergency appeal to the organizer of the upcoming Global Tourism Resilience Day planned for Thursday at the World Expo in Dubai, UAE.

WTN and IIPT congratulated the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) and its proposed declaration of the launch of its annual Global Tourism Resilience Day on February 17 in Dubai at the World Expo.

However, the World Tourism Network is concerned that the timely reminder about Tourism as a Guardian of World Peace should be included in this important declaration.

The ongoing pandemic has shown the resilience this sector, known as the travel and tourism industry, has shown.

“There are so many heroes in the travel and tourism world. World Peace is the essence that keeps tourism resilience going,” said WTN Founder and Chairman Juergen Steinmetz.

Left to right: Tourism Heroes Hon. Najib Balala, Kenya | Dov Kalmann, Israel | Jens Thraenhart, Barbados

Recognizing the danger of armed conflicts in the world, tourism is also a guardian of World Peace.

With the current challenges to World Peace, the World Tourism Network and the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism are united in realizing the synergy between tourism and peace.

Louis D’Amore, Founder and President of IIPT, along with the IIPT Board wholeheartedly endorse this resolution to recognize Tourism as a Guardian of World Peace together with WTN, and counts on this reference to be included in the Global Resilience Day declaration on Thursday.

Therefore, WTN and IIPT are inviting visionaries and leaders launching Tourism Resilience Day this week to appeal for World Peace and support this initiative started by IIPT and WTN.

World Tourism Network President Peter Tarlow, who is also the Police Chaplin in College Station, Texas, and a recognized expert in tourism safety and security, stated that the tourism industry seeks peace as one of its key platforms. Quoting the Book of Isaiah: “Peace, peace to the distant and the close.” (57:19)

Tarlow noted that peace is a key element of tourism resilience and without the seeking of peace and human harmony, tourism simply fails to exist. Tarlow noted that tourism is an instrument of bringing people together and creating human unity. The WTN is pleased to join with other organizations in working to make human harmony and this tourism vision a reality.

WTN Tourism Hero Dov Kalmann from Israel added: “Isn’t a major reason of war and military conflicts the lack of knowing the people on the “other side” of the border, their dreams and drives, their culture and heritage as well as their natural landscapes and culinary richness? If the Russian masses would get to know the Ukrainian hospitality and tour their mountains and villages, would they then support military aggression? If the Palestinians would travel freely in Israel and take part in its festivals and eat around the same tables, would the two sides then still wish to build higher walls? I deeply believe that there is a core purpose of tourism: the recipe towards a world of peace and coexistence.

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Dr. Taleb Rifai and Louis D’Amore

The IIPT Board under the leadership of President and Founder Louis D’Amore together with Juergen Steinmetz, Founder and Chairman of the World Tourism Network are specifically recognizing the contribution by:

  • Hon. Minister Edmund Bartlett, Co-Chair, Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre, Minister of Tourism, Jamaica
  • Professor Lloyd Waller, Executive Director, GTRCMC
  • Dr. Taleb Rifai, Co-chair of the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre

Dr. Taleb Rifai has long been working for global tourism resilience and global peace through tourism. He is involved in all 3 organizations and is the Chair of the IIPT Advisory Group; Patron and Co-chair of the World Tourism Network; and is most known as a former Secretary-General of UNWTO.

World Tourism Network and IIPT are applauding the leadership behind the Global Tourism Resilience Day initiative guided also by:

  • The Most Honorable Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica
  • His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya
  • Hon. Najib Balala, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Kenya, and Chairman, Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre (GTRCMC) – East Africa
  • Senator The Hon. Lisa Cummins, Minister of Tourism and International Transport of Barbados and Chair Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO)
  • H.E. Nayef Al-Fayez, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Jordan
  • Hon. Philda Nani Kereng, Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Tourism of Botswana
  • Adam Stewart, Executive Chairman, Sandals Resorts International
  • Antonio Teijeiro, COO, Bahia Principe
  • Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Executive Chairman and CEO, DMCC
  • Nicolas Mayer, Global Tourism Leader, PWC
  • Raki Phillips, CEO, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKDA)
  • Therese Rice, Partner, Consulum
  • Nikolina Angelkova, Deputy Chair, Parliamentary Tourism Commission, National Assembly of Bulgaria, Former Minister of Tourism of Bulgaria (2014 -2020), and Responsible Person for GTRCMC in the Balkans
  • Senator The Hon. Kamina Johnson-Smith, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica
  • Yolanda Perdomo, Global Tourism Strategist, ICF
  • Liz Ortiguera, CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA)
  • Rika Jean-Francois, Commissioner, ITB Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Dr. Catheryn Khoo, Senior Researcher & Lecturer, Griffith Institute for Tourism Brisbane, Australia, and Expert on Gender and Tourism in Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO
  • Dr. Talal Abu Ghazaleh, Founder and Chairman, Talal Abu-Ghazaleh Organisation
  • Aradhana Khowala, CEO, Aptamind Partners, and Chair of the Global Advisory Board of The Red Sea Development Company
  • Dr. Esther Kagure Munyiri, Executive Director, Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre – East Africa
  • Professor Salam Al-Mahadin, Vice President, Academic Affairs, Middle East University, Jordan
  • Graham Cooke, Founder of the World Group
  • Gerald Lawless, Ambassador, WTTC and Director ITIC Ltd.
  • Ibrahim Ayoub, Group CEO, ITIC Ltd. and Invest Tourism Ltd.
  • Daniela Wagner, Director, Group Development, Jacobs Media Group/The Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council
  • Laurie Myers, Global Strategist, The Global Travel and Tourism Resilience Council

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Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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