Date(s) - 23/04/2018
11:00 - 12:00
Coventry Council House
The initial meeting to discuss Peace Through Tourism in Coventry will be held in Committee Room 4 of Coventry Council House, Earl Street, Coventry at 11:00 – 12:00 on Monday 23 April 2018.
The concept of Peace Through Tourism will be introduced by Dr Fabio Carbone who is the Ambassador-at-Large of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) and a Lecturer in International Tourism Management within the Faculty of Business and Law – School of Marketing and Management of Coventry University. More information below.
The aim of the meeting is to decide whether this concept should be developed into a project within the City of Coventry and if so who should manage the project.
This event is being organised by the Lord Mayor’s Committee for Peace and Reconciliation. If you wish to attend please contact Philip Brown, Chair of the Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Background to Peace Through Tourism
Travel & Tourism has often been recognised for its ability to drive peace, security and understanding. World leaders, from John F Kennedy to Bill Clinton to Tony Blair, have highlighted the importance of the sector. The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has partnered with the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) to explore the links between tourism and peace. The research shows that countries with a more open and sustainable tourism sector tend to be more peaceful: A sustainable and open tourism sector brings about a higher level of positive peace: namely the attitudes, institutions, and structures that create and sustain peaceful societies. Countries with a more sustainable and open tourism sector are more likely to enjoy higher levels of positive peace in the future. The more sustainable a country’s tourism sector, the lower the country’s level of violence and conflict is likely to be. In non-conflict-affected countries, tourism is resilient to deteriorations in violence and conflict, even when terrorism is targeted at tourists.
The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) was born in 1986, the UN International Year of Peace with a vision of Travel and Tourism becoming the world’s first “Global Peace Industry” – an industry that promotes and supports the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”
Since its First Global Conference,IIPT has promoted a paradigm for a “Higher Purpose of Tourism” – a paradigm that includes the role of tourism in:
- Promoting international understanding
- Collaboration among nations
- Protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity
- Enhancing cultures and valuing heritage
- Sustainable development
- Poverty Reduction, and
- Healing Wounds of Conflict.