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Nov 6, 2013 - Peace Boat receives Ambassador for Peace Award
Peace Boat recognised for its contributions to peace and tourism by the International Institute for Peace through Tourism during the World Travel Market in London.

Peace Boat was one of a handful of organizations worldwide honored with an "Ambassador for Peace Award" by the International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT). The award ceremony, which took place at the World Travel Market in London on November 5, 2013, recognized organizations that have done the most to promote building a culture of peace through tourism. According to IIPT Founder and President Louis D' Amore, Peace Boat was selected for the award because of its important contribution to promoting international understanding and peace over 30 years. The ceremony also commemorated the IIPT's 25th anniversary, and marked the launch of its theme "No More War" on the centenary of World War I.

The International Institute For Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering and facilitating tourism initiatives which contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world. It is founded on the belief that every traveler is potentially an "Ambassador for Peace".

The IIPT's "Credo of the Peaceful Traveler" was written on the beautifully crafted award, and reads:

"Grateful for the opportunity to travel and experience the world and because peace begins with the individual, I affirm my personal responsibility and commitment to:
  • Journey with an open mind and gentle heart
  • Accept with grace and gratitude the diversity I encounter
  • Revere and protect the natural environment which maintain all life
  • Appreciate all cultures I discover
  • Respect and thank my hosts for their welcome
  • Offer my hand in friendship to everyone I meet
  • Support travel services that share these views and act upon them, and
  • By my spirit, words and actions encourage others to travel the world in peace

Peace Boat is grateful to be recognized by the IIPT, and will continue to strive to promote a culture of peace around the world through its global and regional voyages.

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