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Las Vegas, Nevada -Ministers of tourism and travel industry leaders from around the world will gather on…

Las Vegas, Nevada -Ministers of tourism and travel industry leaders from around the world will gather on November 8 in Amman, Jordan to launch tourism as a Global Peace Industry. The occasion is the opening of the first Global Summit on Peace Through Tourism to be held November 8-11 in Amman under the Royal Patronage of King Abdullah II.

Organised by the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT), the summit will pay tribute to King Hussein`s legacy of peace. This announcement was made by B<>Lou D`Amore, founder and president of IIPT, at a special press conference held during the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) World Congress.

Leaders who have confirmed their attendance at this event, represent some 30 countries from China to Switzerland, Ghana, Cambodia, Croatia and the US.

The summit, with delegates expected to come from 70 countries, will serve as a demonstration of support by the world`s largest industry for a continuation of the peace process in the Middle East and other regions of the world.

The focus of the summit will be: Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism in support of the UN International Year for the Culture of Peace.

Featured plenary speakers will include Harvey Golub, chairman and CEO, American Express; Hon. Mary Robinson, Chairman, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights; Shimon Peres, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Jean Claude Baumgarten, president, World Travel & Tourism Council; Francesco Frangialli, secretary general, World Tourism Organisation; M.P. Bezbaruah, chairman, Pacific Asia Travel Association and secretary, ministry of tourism, India; Dr. Maritta-Koch-Weser, director general, World Conservation Union; Hon. Michael Afedi Gizo, president, Africa Travel Association and minister of tourism, Ghana; Hon. Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, ambassador and permanent representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations; and Jean Louis Sarbib, vice president World Bank Middle East and North Africa Region.

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