Jordan to host peace summit

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NEW YORK -- The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan will host the Global Summit on Peace Through Tourism, scheduled for Nov. 8 to 10 in Amman.

Under the patronage of King Abdullah II bin al-Hussein, the summit is dedicated to the memory of the of the late King Hussein and his commitment to world peace. The summit is being organized by the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism (IIPT), with American Express as the key sponsor.

The primary aims of the event are to demonstrate the support of the world's largest industry for a continuation of the peace process in the Middle East and other regions, said Louis D'Amore, founder and president of the IIPT.

"We in the tourism industry have a tremendous opportunity to contribute to a positive vision of peace," D'Amore said, "and one purpose of the global summit is to strongly endorse the United Nations International Year for the Culture of Peace with millennium projects that contribute to the building of a culture of peace through tourism."

One project, the establishment of a chain of international peace parks around the world, will be supported during the summit when Jordan dedicates its own designated parkland.

Speaking on behalf of American Express, Michael Stolowitzky, director of International Business Development, said he hoped peace talks under way in the Middle East will be successful and will pave the way for increased travel and tourism development in the region.

"During this millennium year, the meeting in Amman should further revive interest in the Holy Land and Jordan's extensive treasury of antiquities and historic sites of importance to Christian travelers," he said.

Through the World Monuments Watch, the company already has been a key player in the conservation of Jordan's cultural heritage, with a grant for the excavation and preservation of Petra, the jewel in Jordan's archaeological crown.

A member of the global summit meeting's organizing committee, Stolowitzky advised that the program highlights would range from a prayer at the church at Bethany, where John the Baptist is believed to have lived and been baptized, to a gala evening of food, crafts and folklore in a setting re-creating a Jordanian village.

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

Although hundreds of delegates are expected to include global tourism industry statesmen and world leaders in the areas of culture, environment and sustainable tourism, the global summit is open to all industry members, who will benefit from special hotel packages being offered by the Grand Hyatt Amman, Inter-Continental and Radisson SAS Amman.

Royal Jordanian Airlines is the official air carrier for the event. The cost of registration for the event is $595 per person. The early-bird registration price, before June l, is $495.

Contact the IIPT's Louis D'Amore at (802) 253-8671; fax (802) 253-2645; e-mail [email protected].

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