Imtiaz Muqbil on Tourism & Disability


Imtiaz Muqbul publishes Travel Impact Newswire. His recent lead story celebrates the new UN convention on the rights of people with disabilities:

The implications [of the UN convention] for travel & tourism are significant across the board. Trade shows, conferences and seminars will emerge for buyers and sellers of holidays and travel opportunities for PwDs, along with new publications and marketing campaigns directed at them. Special awards are sure to be created. Opportunities for training and education also abound in what will clearly be a highly specialised field of travel. If legal issues emerge, the lawyers are waiting.

Directly relevant to travel & tourism industry is Article 30 of the Convention which covers “Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport”. It requires countries to take all appropriate measures to ensure that PwDs “enjoy access to places for cultural performances or services, such as theatres, museums, cinemas, libraries and tourism serv

ices, and, as far as possible, enjoy access to monuments and sites of national cultural importance.”

Another one, Article 20 guarantees their rights to personal mobility in the manner and at the time of their choice, and at affordable cost, with all the requisite “mobility aids, devices, assistive technologies and forms of live assistance and intermediaries”. Especially important are articles underwriting their rights to education, work and employment.


TRAVEL IMPACT NEWSWIRE -- Edition 77 -- Tuesday, 19 December 2006


Set up in August 1998, Travel Impact Newswire is the Asia-Pacific’s first email travel industry news feature and analysis service. Mission Statement: Dedicated to reporting with Integrity, Trust, Accuracy and Respect the issues that impact on the Asia-Pacific Travel & Tourism industry. Distributed every week to senior industry executives, consultants, academics and media globally.

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