Join the Discussion Sessions for the 2005 Conference on Accessible Travel .
Respond to the conference questions below and I will see to it that your ideas get a hearing as the Asia Pacific Accessible Travel League is launched at the Taipei Conference.
Before major international events such as the Taipei conference, postings at the Rolling Rains Report transition from news to travelogue to give you an insider's view of developments in the world of inclusive travel worldwide. It can be hard to regularly publish while I'm on the road but the blog provides a chance for you to participate without attending. Add your thoughts to the discussion below.
1. Accessibility and Transportation
(1) How tourism can bring about greater accessibility of buildings, places of interest and transportation: What models or case studies are available that illustrate a successful harnessing of tourism revenue toward local infrastructure development other than the Perth, Australia Convention Bureau's project, "Beyond Compliance?"
(2) Is there need for accessible tour buses and coaches to encourage families and friends to travel together? What are typical, or minimal, design criteria that could be circulated as guidelines?
2. Reform, Reconstruct and Build the Accessible Tourist Sites
(1) Inclusive Destination development is the systematic application of Universal Design in the planning and development of tourism sites in order to make them destinations of choice for the tourists o the broadest range of abilities. What exemplary destinations or projects are you currently aware of? What might a checklist of essential items to include in such a project look like?
(2) What new solutions have been developed recently to deal with difficult destinations such as steep/uneven terrain? Historical sites? Low-light or noisy environments?
3. Accessible Information
(1) Availability of accessible information in major tourism web sites, both governmental and private: What are the criteria for defining accessibility? What is the procedure for holding each site accoiuntable for accessibility? Who is the accountability contact for each site?
(2)Monitoring of accessible information in major tourism web sites Is this already being done? What agency would be appropriate to take responsibility for this task? What conditions are necessary to make this service economically sustainable?
(3) Networking of disability based accessible tourism information web sites: Which sites? How to organize the network?
4. Human Resources in Accessible Tourism
(1)Influencing Employers to hire People with Disabilities: Good straegies? Case studies?
(2)Lobbying designers, engineers, builders and policy makers to include People with Disability in Tourism Plans
(3)How to create seamlessly accessible environments for both employee and tourist?
5. Social Enterprises in Accessible Tourism
(1) What are the good practices of social enterprises in accessible tourism in participating countries/regions and the lessons learnt from their experiences.
(2) How to make social enterprises in accessible tourism economically viable business as well as to provide employment opportunities for persons with disabilities in cooperation with government sector and business sector in the tourism industry.