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UNWTO Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai to be Keynote Speaker at IIPT World Symposium alongside Derek Hanekon, Minister of Tourism of South Africa and Alain St.Ange, Minister of Tourism & Culture of the Seychelles

October 15, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Seychelles-TravelIIPT World Symposium: Cultivating Sustainable and Peaceful Communities and Nations through Tourism, Culture and Sport will take place from February 16-19 2015 at Ekurhuleni in South Africa. The Symposium will honor the legacies of the world’s three champions of Non-Violent Resistance: Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) will be a keynote speaker at the groundbreaking Symposium that

will honor the legacies of the world’s three champions of Non-Violent Resistance: Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Symposium is being held February 16-20, 2015 at Emperors Palace, nearby Johannesburg OR Tambo International Airport, in the Metropolitan Municipality of Ekurhuleni (City of Peace), Gauteng Province, South Africa. It will also commemorate the 50th Anniversary of African Union, 20 years of South African Democracy, and 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Legislation in the United States.

The Symposium has been endorsed by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Other keynote speakers will include: Hon. Derek Hanekom, Minister of Tourism, South Africa (Invited); Hon. Alain St.Ange, Minister of Tourism, Seychelles; Martin Craigs, CEO, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) (Invited); Geoffrey Lipman, President, International Coalition of Tourism Partners (ICTP); Mok Singh, Skal International President (2012 – 2013).

Anita Mendiratta, Founder and Managing Director, Cachet Consulting, will be a plenary session Moderator.

IIPT Founder and President Louis D’Amore said, “Our intent will be to harness the Symposium and legacies of Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr. to build bridges of tourism, friendship and peace between Africa, Asia, North America and other regions of the world.”

The highly interactive Symposium will have two basic aims:

  1. To identify strategies and best practice in cultivating productive, sustainable, peaceful and welcoming communities through tourism, culture and sports; and
  2. The potential roles of tourism, culture and sports in reconciliation and socio-economic re-development of countries that have experienced conflict with a view towards building sustainable and peaceful nations.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture said that a symposium to honour

the legacies of the world’s three champions of Non-Violent Resistance: Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. through tourism, culture and sports in a great way to recognize through Communities of the World the tenacity of three great leaders. “I am honoured to have been chosen to be a keynote speaker at this symposium and thank Louis D’Amore, the President of IIPT to think of Seychelles in his choice of Tourism Leaders” said Minister Alain St.Ange.

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