The world is faced with many great challenges in various fields, in addition to the various problems each of us face on a daily basis. The “Culture of Peace” is instrumental in promoting tourist activity. The tourism industry plays an important role in the countries, communities and tourist destinations, and the lives of its inhabitants and business services. It is a priority for our economy.
The problems facing Ixtapa Zihuatanejo in recent years are social fear and concern, fueled primarily by people with attitudes that do not consider that this is a destination of peace and harmony. It is easy for the population to lose sensitivity to this situation, because of the events that occur every day in our country and in other communities in the world. People absorb negative information and content that disturbs their psychological reassurance.
But, we have a Peace Pole Monument in Zihuatanejo!
Zihuatanejo’s Peace Program was organized in cooperation with the United Nations, and initiated by the Peace Center in Southfield, Michigan, under the direction of Mrs. Barbara Talley and the Municipal Government of Zihuatanejo. The people of the town of Zihuatanejo and its nearby communities, and those from other cities in the country and the world, need to know the importance of the Peace Pole Monument.
The Peace Pole is a symbol to help strengthen the bonds of brotherhood. People who visit us will then realize that Zihuatanejo has the potential to promote tourism through its Culture of Peace.
The “Festival de La Paz (Peace)” in Zihuatanejo must be a program supported by all, involving civil society, the tourism sector and the education sector, especially the youth and children so that they will grow through continuing education to strengthen human values, culture and tourism.
We urge all levels of government to be involved this year and to strengthen this event. We hope everyone will join the activities that are scheduled.
Few cities can boast a Peace Pole Monument, so this is a real opportunity that will strengthen the bonds of brotherhood. Enjoy the 3rd Annual Festival de La Paz in Zihuatanejo, February 15, 2013.
May Peace Prevail on Earth! May Peace Prevail in Ixtapa Zihuatanejo!
By: Francisco Huitron Morales and Candelaria Donají Méndez Tello with English translation by Patricia Ann Talley, Editor. Francisco Huitron is a graduating student at Universidad Autónoma de Guerrero, Extension de Turismo (Zihuatanejo’s Tourism University). He researched and wrote this article as part of his senior term paper. Professor Candelaria Donají Méndez Tello is an instructor at the University and is part of the organizing committee for Ixtapa Zihuatanejo’s annual Peace Festival.