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Mr. D'Amore

Louis D'Amore

Founder & President, International Institute of Peace through Tourism

Louis D'Amore is the Founder and President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT). He has been instrumental in promoting the travel and tourism industry as the world's first "Global Peace Industry" since the founding of IIPT in 1986. He has organized three Global Conferences on Peace through Tourism: Vancouver (1988), Montreal (1994), and Glasgow (1999); three Global Summits: Amman (2000), Geneva (2003); Pattaya, Thailand (2005); and three African Conferences on Peace through Tourism South Africa, (2002); Tanzania (2003); Zambia (2005). He is currently organizing the 4th IIPT African Conference Uganda (2007). More than 40 prestigious international organizations have become members of IIPT's Coalition of Partners for World Peace through Tourism, each Partner committed to a Millennium Project with the aim of "Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism." IIPT activities also include promotion of the "IIPT Credo of the Peaceful Traveler, and a "Global Peace Parks Program" with more than 450 IIPT Peace Parks dedicated to date. Mr. D'Amore has been a pioneer in promoting a social and environmental ethic within the travel and tourism industry since the mid-70's. In 1992, following the U.N. Conference on Environment and Development (Rio Summit), he developed the world's first Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism. He also developed the Guidelines for the Pacific Asia Travel Association GreeenLeaf Program and has been a consultant to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP} on Codes of Conduct for Sustainable Tourism. His consulting experience includes working with the private sector and governments at all levels in a range of areas including: tourism master plans, community development, social impact assessment, environment, natural resources, cultural/heritage development, and conflict resolution with an emphasis on win-win solutions.

Mr. D'Amore can be contacted at 802-253-8671 or ljd@iipt.org

Coming up in September 2020...

Hotel Group Meetings: Demand vs. Supply

It is a great time for hotel group meetings. It is expected that once again this sector will grow by 5-10% in 2020, partly due to the increasing value of in-person group meetings. Because people now spend so much time in front of their screens, face-to-face interactions have become a more treasured commodity in our modern world. Plus, the use of social media reinforces the value of engagement, discussion, conversation, and networking - all areas where group meetings shine. Despite this rosy outlook, there is a concern that demand for meetings far exceeds the supply of suitable venues and hotels. There are very few "big box" properties with 500-plus rooms and extensive conference facilities being built, and this shortage of inventory could pose a serious challenge for meeting planners. In addition to location concerns, the role of the meeting planner has also evolved significantly. Planners are no longer just meeting coordinators - they are de facto travel agents. Cultural interactions, local dining, experiential travel, and team-building activities are all now a part of their meeting mix. Plus, they have to cater to evolving tastes. Millennials are insisting on healthier venues and activities, and to meet their demands, hotels are making yoga breaks, fresh-pressed juices, plant-based diets, state-of-the-art gyms, and locally-sourced menus available. Millennials are also insisting that meeting venues practice Corporate Social Responsibility, which means upholding sustainable and ethical values; investment in the local community; health and well-being of employees; and general business practices that reflect being good citizens of the planet. Finally, there is a growing trend to merge meetings with other local events, such as music festivals, sporting events, and cultural attractions. The December Hotel Business Review will report on issues relevant to group meetings and will document what some hotels are doing to support this part of their operations.