Mandeville Jamaica to be declared the Caribbean’s First IIPT/Skal Peace Town

Mandeville, Jamaica (November 7, 2013). Mandeville will be officially declared the first IIPT/Skal Peace Town in the Caribbean at Brooks Park on November 19, 2013 at 10:00 a.m., during the IIPT Caribbean Community-based Tourism Study Tour & Conference to be staged November 18-23, 2013 at the Mandeville Hotel in Manchester, Jamaica.

The purpose of this declaration and recognition is to identify to the world that Mandeville is “actively committed to promoting values of tolerance, non-violence, gender equality, human rights, youth empowerment, environmental awareness, and sustainable social and economic development.” Each Village or Town has to be committed to developing a peace park. Guidelines have been provided for the establishment of peace parks in the IIPT Tool Kit which can be accessed here: http://www.iipt.org/newsletter/2007/images/PeaceParksKit.

The Peace Towns/Villages project is a “legacy project commemorating IIPT’s 25th anniversary year since its First Global Conference in 1988.” http://www.iipt.org.

Chairman of the Manchester Development Committee and Brooks Park Development Committee, Dr. Clifton Reid, who is delighted that Mandeville was chosen for this declaration, said, “Being the first Peace Town in the Caribbean is an honour for us citizens and may it serve as a powerful motivating force for all who embrace peace. Anything that promotes peace is definitely worth embracing and fits in well with our plans for Brooks Park, a place to be at peace with nature and one’s self.” Dr. Reid also noted that the impact on the community is going to depend on the extent to which “we promote the concept (peace) among our people.”

Background
Dating back to the 1800s, Mandeville is known for its impressive historical sites from the Colonial era of Jamaica such as the Mandeville Court House, St. Marks Parish Church, built in 1814, and the Mandeville Hotel, owned by the McIntyre Family with Managing Director Tel McIntyre and her daughter Tanielle Elliott.
The Mayor of Mandeville, Councillor Brenda Ramsay sponsored the registration of Mandeville to participate in the IIPT/SKAL Peace Villages/Towns programme through the Manchester Parish Council is support of promoting Mandeville as a Peace Town.

Following this declaration, other villages across Jamaica will join Mandeville as IIPT/Skal Peace Towns such as Treasure Beach Village –St. Elizabeth; Accompong Maroon Village – St. Elizabeth; Resource Village – Manchester; Albert Town – Trelawny; Axe-n-Adze/Mt. Petro – Hanover; Rastafarian Indigenous Village –St. James; Camrose Village – St. James; Charles Town Maroon Village – Portland; Beeston Spring Village – Westmoreland, and Kitson Town Village – St. Catherine.

Towns and Villages anywhere in the world that subscribes to the IIPT/Skal stated values are invited to become an IIPT/Skal Peace Town or Village. Please email: ljd@iipt.org to express your interest.

About
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.
A primary goal of IIPT is to mobilize the travel and tourism industry as a leading force for poverty reduction.

For further information, please contact:

Sharon Parris-Chambers
Public Relations Consultant
CCTN/VAB
1-876-275-3169
sharon@panacarib.com
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Diana McIntyre-Pike
President, IIPT Caribbean
1-876-507-6326
iiptcaribbean@yahoo.com

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