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Bali to Host Peace Conference

500 Tourism Leaders Expected in September 2005.

(4/19/2003) The International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) has selected Bali as the site for the September 2005 conference. The not-for-profit organization is headquartered in Vermont (U.S.A.) and dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and cooperation improving the environment, and the preservation of heritage.

Founded in 1986, the IIPT has held three global conferences in Vancouver (1988), Montreal (1994) and Glasgow (1999), in addition to a number of small conferences and workshops around the world. IIPT is credited with drafting of the world's first Codes of Ethics and Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism; consultation with the United Nations in identifying the state of the art in Codes of Conduct for Tourism and the Environment; drafting of guidelines for the "Green Leaf Program"; and a "Peace Parks Across Canada" project commemorating Canada's 125th anniversary as a nation.

Bali was selected for the 2005 conference beating out Poland, Brazil and Japan in the competition. Bali's selection was announced by Mr. Louis J. D'Amore on behalf of the IIPT during his visit to the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Conference held in Bali April 13-17, 2003.

While the exact dates for the 2005 conference have yet to be set, some speculate the conference will take place between September 21-27, 2005, to coincide World Peace Day and Word Tourism Day.

Some 400-500 people are expected to attend the conference representing 62 countries.