BHUBANESWAR: The ancient link between Macedonia, the land of Alexander the Great, and India has influenced mankind as it enabled two ancient civilizations to meet and exchange ideas towards fostering peace, Dr Toni Atanasovski, Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia said here on Tuesday.
“Exchange of ideas can benefit all and particularly civilizations that date back to thousands of years,” he said. Dr Atanasovski was speaking on the second day of the three-day International Symposium on ‘Fostering Tourism for Global Peace’ at the SOA University here. The symposium was organised by the SOA University in collaboration with the Indian chapter of International IIPT and Indian Tourism and Hospitality Congress.
Dr Vivek Pattanayak, former bureaucrat and former director of the International Civil Aviation Organisation, said peace could be ensured if nations made a conscious effort to promote bilateral relations through tourism.
The symposium was also addressed by Prof Arvind Alok, Chairman of the Buddhist Monuments Development Council, New Delhi, Prof Kiran Yadav, Vice-President of IIPT and Prof Sitikantha Mishra, Advisor and Dean of the faculty of hospitality and tourism management of SOA University.