Global tourism summit set for Jordan

NEW YORK -- Jordan's King Abdullah II announced his country will host the Global Summit on Peace Through Tourism from Nov. 8 to 11 in Amman.

The event is being organized by the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism, with American Express as title sponsor.

The meeting, to be held shortly before the late King Hussein's birthday, will honor the monarch's legacy as a peacemaker in the Middle East and his commitment to expanding tourism to the region.

"The peaceful environment that we enjoy in Jordan today makes my country a natural home for Global Summit 2000," King Abdullah II said at the announcement in New York.

"Through the summit, we build bridges to connect mankind and recognize the importance of understanding the diverse cultures that we are today."

For Jordan, he added, "the travel industry is a vitally important dimension of sustainable growth."

Harvey Golub, chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Company, will deliver a keynote address at the summit.

"American Express is honored to play a major role in the global summit," Golub said.

"While it's obvious that peace makes a difference for the travel and tourism industry, it's exciting to think that travel and tourism can also make a difference for peace."

Summit organizers said that Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres, currently Israel's minister for regional cooperation and former prime minister, accepted an invitation to speak.

The summit's theme is Building a Culture of Peace Through Tourism.

In addition to American Express, summit sponsors include Air Harbour Technologies, International Traders, Reed Travel Exhibitions, Zara Investments, b-there.com and Travel World News.

Royal Jordanian Airlines is the official air carrier for the summit, and Grand Hyatt Amman will serve as the headquarter hotel.

For additional information, e-mail [email protected] or contact the Jordan Tourist Board at (202) 244-1451.

On-line registration is being accepted at www.b-there.com/iiptglobalsummit

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