I would like to invite readers of the Rolling Rains Report to contribute their knowledge and experience to the keynote address "The Globalization of Accessible Tourism."
Throughout the past six months I have had the opportunity to interview hundreds of travelers, travel industry professionals, universal design practitioners, and sustainable development advocates.
We have corresponded from Santa Cruz, California to Zambia, Malaysia, Slovakia, Scotland, Argentina, Germany, South Africa, Nepal, and Colombia (and those were on the slow days!). We have met face-to-face at NICAN in Perth, Australia; at Shizuoka in Hamamatsu, Japan; RISD in Providence, Rhode Island; at FUNLAR and Designing for the 21st Centutry in Rio de Janeiro. We have held discussions over dinner in Hobart, Chicago, Tokyo, Seattle, Launceston, San Diego, Aptos, Seward, Watsonville, Washington DC, and Vancouver BC. The intelligence, passion and determination I have witnessed demonstrates the vitality of a movement to systematically develop inclusive tourism as both policy and product.
I would like to weave that wisdom, and more, into my keynote and closing remarks at the 2005 International Conference on Disability and Travel - Taipei, Taiwan.