Tourism is a tool for peace and dialogue among civilizations. Peace profits everyone and conflicts scare away visitors and retard development. It compels all of us to find the means to create a universal peaceful coexistence. Beyond its economic importance, tourism can play an imperative role in relation to world peace. Tourism is potentially the most important vehicle for promoting personal perception, trust, and goodwill among the peoples of the world. It offers the ideal opportunity for people to discover other different cultures and to develop an admiration of cultural diversity. It enables people to interact and learn from each other. It also allows an exchange of ideas through cultural synthesis.
The most important lesson tourism can teach the world is the existence of diverse cultural differences and similarities. It can also be used to make people in different parts of the world to be more aware of each other’s problems and points of view. It promotes tolerance, cultural understanding, and respect. Tourism can as well play an important role in healing the wounds of conflicts. Tourism creates employment opportunities for women, youths, and other underprivileged groups.
This, in turn, helps in deterring people from taking part in illegal activities, thereby contributing to harmony. It is for the above and other reasons that there is strong confidence that tourism can have a philosophical impact on creating a conducive environment for peace. Let us implement the idea of education for peace whereby schools, universities and other training institutions, plus the media, join hands with the tourism industry to initiate awareness of tourism through Peace Programs.