Tourism Peace Park for Australia

On November 11, 2000, at 11 am (Remembrance Day), a Peace Park will be dedicated on the southern outskirts of Sydney in the grounds of Gledswood Homestead, Catherine Field.. This will be in conjunction with the launch of a Global Peace Park Project at the first Global Summit on Peace in Amman, Jordan, organised by the International Institute of Peace through Tourism (IIPT). The park is being established by the Women's Australian Travel League-Sydney (WATL), of which, Gledswood's Managing Director, Theresa Testoni, has been a long time member. Many tourists and locals visit and know this historic place.

Gledswood Homestead has won many tourism awards, including the Best Heritage and Cultural Attraction of the decade (NSW) in 1999. In regional garden competitions, it's gardens have being the "Grand Champion" on eight occasions. The Peace Park will be located just behind the gardens. Australian trees will be planted at the dedication service. WATL's President, Brenda Cahill, says "It will be a beautiful place where all travellers, overseas and local, can rest and reflect."

WATL is a founding member of the International Federation of Women's Travel Organizations (IFWTO), which is a founding partner of IIPT. Tourism industry leaders from more that 70 countries will be in attendance at the Amman Summit to be held from November 8-11, 2000. WATL Member and IFWTO Vice Chairman, Faye Alexander of Ansett Australia and WATL Vice President and IFWTO Media and Public Relations Director, Daphne Lowe Kelley of Sydney will be participating at this Summit. IFWTO Chairman, Marilyn Byfield of Canada, is one of the speakers.

His Majesty King Abdullah II is Honorary Patron of the Summit and American Express the Title Sponsor. The Summit will pay tribute to King Hussein's legacy of peace. Focus of the Summit will be: "Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism" in support of the United Nations International Year for the Culture of Peace. Featured speakers include the Hon. Mary Robinson, Chairman, U.N. Commission on Human Rights and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Nelson Mandela.