STOWE, Vermont, USA – IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore announced today that Salih Cene, President of Skal International will be a keynote speaker at the IIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations Through Tourism, Culture and Sports, to be held February 16-19, 2015, at Emperors Palace, Ekurhuleni, South Africa.
The interactive and action oriented Symposium will honor the legacies of the world’s three Champions of Peace and Non-Violent Resistance: Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. with the aim of affirming their legacies by building bridges of tourism, friendship and peace in regions throughout the world.
Skål International is the world’s largest organization of travel and tourism industry professionals with 17,000 members in 400 Clubs in 87 countries uniting all sectors of the industry in promoting responsible global tourism and friendship since the formation of its first club in Paris in 1932.
President D’Amore added, “We are most honored that the President of Skål International Mr. Salih Cene has agreed to join us as a keynote speaker together with the Skål International Senior Vice President Mr. Nigel Pilkington. Their participation emphasizes the importance that Skal International has placed on the role of travel & tourism as a driver of peace and promoting broader cultural understanding.”
President Cene said Skål International’s motto is: “Tourism is Friendship and Peace” and it is this joint conviction that urges both organizations to cooperate with each other so closely.
The Symposium, endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, will also commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the African Union, 20 years of South African Democracy and 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Legislation in the U.S.
The Symposium has two basic aims: to identify strategies and best practice in cultivating productive, sustainable, peaceful and welcoming communities through tourism, culture and sports; and to determine lessons learned from countries that have experienced conflict and the potential roles of tourism, culture and sports in reconciliation and post-conflict socio-economic re-development.