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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 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.