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Welcome Message

Welcome to the Global Summit: Sustainable Tourism for Development and Peace, co-organized by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT), 17 to 21 September 2017. The Summit is an official conference of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development beginning with the Welcome Reception, Sunday evening 17 September through Monday and Tuesday, September 18 and 19. The Summit will continue thereafter to Noon, Thursday 21 September.

Both UNWTO and IIPT are proud to return to the City, Province and Nation that hosted the first major international Conference on Sustainable Tourism in 1994, the IIPT Global Conference: Building a Sustainable World through Tourism – particularly as 2017 is the 150th Birthday of Canada, 375th birthday of Montreal and as IIPT commemorates its 30th Anniversary year by returning to the place of its birth.

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The Summit will feature keynote addresses by World Leaders, Ministers of Tourism and Leaders of the Travel and Tourism industry. A series of concurrent sessions will also be held with leading professionals and practitioners presenting “Success Stories” and “Models of Best Practice” regarding sustainable tourism development and the role of tourism, culture and sport in fostering mutual understanding and peace, conflict resolution and healing wounds of Conflict.

Sunday, 17 September, will include a full day “Educators Forum”, a full day “Student/Youth Leadership Forum” and a meeting of the “IIPT Global Family”, followed by an Inter-faith service and the Start of the Official Conference of the UN International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development with a Welcome Reception Sunday evening.
A series of “Special Events” are planned for 21 September – the Closing Day of the Summit and the UN International Day of Peace.

picsUNWTO Secretary General, Dr. Taleb Rifai and IIPT Founder and President, Louis D’Amore look forward to welcoming you to Montreal and the Global Summit. Join us as we continue to plan and work collaboratively toward the vision of travel and tourism as the world’s first global peace industry and supporting the potential of “Every traveler being an Ambassador for Peace.”

Venue for the Summit is the prestigious Hotel Bonaventure in downtown Montreal, just minutes away from historic “Old Montreal” where you will experience the “Spirit of 375.”