Barabaig family of Northern Tanzania, some of many friends in East Africa that welcome Another Land travelers.
The Honeyguide: Winter 2003/2004
Peace on Earth... Through Tourism?
Over the past few years, travel was not only collateral damage, but also a direct target of global instability and war. Tourism was a victim of a world without peace. Yet, does it have to be this way? Can tourism actually promote peace? We think it can. In fact, we've seen it.
Tourism can leave bottle caps in sand, denigrate cultures and abuse the less fortunate. But, through the growing trend of eco and responsible travel, tourism has been preserving our natural heritage, uplifting cultures on the edge and promoting community development and poverty reduction. As many of you know, Another Land has been working with several cultures and villages throughout East Africa to develop small, cultural tourism programs that alleviate poverty.
The semi-nomadic Barabaig cattle herders of Tanzania have long been discriminated against by the local government and other dominant cultural groups. (To learn more about this, please read the article titled, The Scattering of the Dead at http://www.monbiot.com/dsp_article.cfm?article_id=121 ) Another Land's Barabaig program has helped to alleviate poverty, fund water retention and school construction projects, foster cultural acceptance, and also reduce the conflict with the local government. We are pleased to announce that The International Institute for Peace Through Tourism (IIPT) has just selected our Barabaig cultural program in Tanzania as a Best Practice model!
The International Institute For Peace Through Tourism 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 based on a vision of the world's largest industry, travel and tourism - becoming the world's first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an 'Ambassador for Peace'. Another Land, IIPT and other tourism organizations are now working together to propose to the United Nations to designate one year in their calendar as the International Peace Through Tourism Year. Wish us luck - it could do great things!
To learn more about The International Institute for Peace Through Tourism, please visit www.iipt.org
To learn more about out our Barabaig program, visit www.anotherland.com or call us at 888-334-7559.
And, most importantly . . .
May your World be filled with Peace and Understanding this Holiday season!
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