About The Organization
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 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.
A Bit About Me And My Work
My name is Marguerite Diana McIntyre-Pike, President/Founder of the Countrystyle Community Tourism Network/Villages as Businesses and President of the International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) Caribbean and the Coordinator of the IIPT International Community Tourism Network. I am a hotelier having operated a small family hotel for over 40 years which is presently closed for redevelopment. My parents were the pioneers of Negril and had guest houses in Savanna-la-mar nearby where we also lived. This has led to my creating and branding community tourism in 1978 together with my late partner Desmond Henry with my small hotel The Astra Country Inn as the first hotel internationally to pioneer community lifestyle vacations and tours and marketing other hotels, guest houses and homestays as a network offering community experiences. We have included now 'pick a project' and 'adopt a village' for visitors wishing to get involved and invest in communities while on vacation.
The Villages as Businesses programme was developed to create economic opportunities for community persons interested in investing in their communities by offering community tourism products and attractions. That build on unique natural, cultural and human capital. IIPT Caribbean/Countrystyle's vision is thus to' see communities as destinations for responsible visitors and for Community Tourism to be the vehicle for sustainable development and prosperity.
It all started from my childhood days when I experienced my parents operating their tourism business integrating communities and their lifestyle as an integral part of their guest vacation experiences and their involvement with community projects. Our mission of Countrystyle is to support the development of community tourism in Jamaica and internationally and to educate all stakeholders of its importance to the cause of peace, poverty alleviation and sustainable.
To learn more about the work we do and our impact you can go to check out the two websites below. Both organizations work with the IIPT to make our mission come true!