Women in Travel to Attend Amman Peace Summit

Three members of the International Federation of Women's Travel Organizations (IFWTO) will be going to Amman, Jordan, to participate in the International Institute of Peace through Tourism's (IIPT) First Global Summit on Peace. IFWTO is a founding partner of IIPT's Coalition of Partners for World Peace through Tourism. Marilyn Byfield, IFWTO's Chariman, from Vancouver, Canada, is one of the speakers on the panel "Doing Well by Doing Good." Tourism industry leaders from more that 70 countries will be in attendance at this important summit to be held from November 8-11, 2000, at the Hyatt Regency.

His Majesty King Abdullah II is Honorary Patron of the Summit and American Express the Title Sponsor. The Summit will pay tribute to His Majesty King Hussein's legacy of peace. It will serve as a demonstration of support by the world's largest industry for a continuation of the peace process in the Middle East and other regions of the world. Focus of the Summit will be: "Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism" in support of the U.N. International Year for the Culture of Peace. Objectives include:

Launching of projects and programs that contribute to the vision of 
"Tourism as a Global Peace Industry"
Formation of a "Coalition of Partners for World Peace through Tourism"
Drafting of a "21st Century Agenda for Peace through Tourism
Generating global awareness to the social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits of tourism and its potential to contribute to a climate of peace

Speakers will include HM King Abdullah II in the Opening Ceremony; Harvey Golub, Chairman and CEO of American Express; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shimon Peres; Hon. Mary Robinson, Chairman, U.N. Commission on Human Rights; Francesco Frangiali, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization; Dr. Maritta-Koch-Weser, Director General of the World Conservation Union; Pierre Jeanniot, Director General of IATA; Chief Orin Lyons, Chief of the Onondaga Nation and other international leaders.

Topics to be discussed include:
Bridging the have-have not regions of the world through tourism
Healing the wounds of conflicts through tourism
Educating for a culture of peace through tourism

Pre-Summit Workshops and Meetings will provide for a full intensive week of activity for participants. Delegates will include Ministers of Tourism, executives from all sectors of the industry, senior academics, policy makers, consultants and practitioners from more than 70 countries.

More than 20 prestigious international tourism organizations have agreed to become founding members in a Coalition of Partners for World Peace through Tourism. They include the International Federation of Women Travel Organizations, European Travel Commission, Africa Travel Association, Caribbean Tourism Organization, International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Society of Incentive Travel Executives, and Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped.

Each founding partner of the Coalition will announce a "Millennium Project" which contributes to the vision of Tourism as a Global Peace Industry. Summit outcomes will also include the formation of international networks in key areas of interest; and the launching of a Global Peace Parks Project.

King Hussein Awards for Peace will be given to the industry statesman, and the travel and tourism organization with outstanding achievement in contributing to the vision of Tourism as a Global Peace Industry. US$1,000 scholarships will also b awarded to five university students writing the best paper on Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism, each from a different region of the world.

IFWTO, a long-time supporter of the principles of the IIPT, will be presenting its "Millennium Project" at the Summit. Vice Chairman, Faye Alexander of Ansett Australia, together with Media and Public Relations Director, Daphne Lowe Kelley of Sydney, Australia, will also be in attendance. IFWTO, formed in 1969, is a worldwide coalition of independent women's travel organizations.