In today’s world of dynamic, dramatic change, Tourism has become a global force for good. Creating opportunities for upliftment of economies, societies, cultures and environments worldwide, the sector is responsible for 1 in 10 jobs worldwide, 10.4% of global GPD and 30% of services. Importantly, Tourism offers a means of not only establishing strong, united, and competitive foundations for sustainable growth and development of nations, it also offers a framework of protection of these same foundations.
Central to nations leading their people towards a safe, secure, sustainable, shared future is the willingness of leaders within nations to boldly stand up and step forward, especially in times of crisis. The International Institute For Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) - a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation (http://peacetourism.org/about-us/) is partnering with Jacobs Media Group to present the IIPT Regional Initiative Awards to such organisations and individuals during the GTTRC Asian Resilience Summit in Katmandu on May 31, 2019.
These awards, purposely presented within the GTTRC Asian Resilience Summit will focus on the outstanding achievements through Nepal's resilience and recovery since the devastation 2015 earthquakes. Past winners are organizations and individuals from across the globe who have been instrumental in showcasing to the world that tourism, as a worldwide social and cultural phenomenon, is one of humanity's truly global activities that brings prosperity to all countries, which in turn, fosters peace.
The IIPT awards are a way of honouring the organizations and leaders who have stood forward in exceptional times of challenge and have made a real difference through their words and their actions. Nominations will be received by our group of prestigious international judges and the winners will be announced on the day.