World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)
Based in Madrid, the UNWTO is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the
leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.
World Centre of Excellence for Destinations (CED)
The CED, a non-profit organization based in Montréal, is an innovative and powerful tool created in December 2006 with the assistance of the UNWTO, with which it is linked through a memorandum of understanding. This Memorandum commits both UNWTO and CED to work collaboratively on creating strategies and disseminating know-how and good practices, which help tourist destinations reach excellence.
European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT)
ENAT is a non-profit association for organizations that aim to be 'frontrunners' in the study, promotion and practice of accessible tourism. By leveraging the knowledge and experience of the network, our members are improving the accessibility of tourist information, transport, infrastructure, design and service for visitors with all kinds of access needs, providing models of excellence in accessible tourism for the whole of the tourism industry.
Tourisme et Handicaps (France)
The Association Tourisme et Handicaps is a non-profit organization. Its goals are to heighten professionals and public awareness of the problem of access to holidays for people with disabilities by different means: studies, training, expertise, exhibits, congress, publications, etc. This association promotes politics and programs facilitating access to holidays and, particularly, implements, promotes and manages the French national Label « Tourisme et Handicap ».
Fundación ONCE (Spain)
ONCE was created in 1938 to assist blind people in Spain. On the strength of its successful experience and its well-established structure, ONCE extended its responsibilities to all people with disabilities by creating the Fundación ONCE in 1988. The Foundation supports the integration of people with disabilities into the labour market, as well as universal accessibility. It manages a variety of programs that range from home-care services, job searching and training, to accessible taxis, and so on.
Access Tourism New Zealand
Access Tourism New Zealand is a well known forum and blog providing news and views about tourism, travel, and leisure that is accessible to people with disabilities, seniors, and Baby Boomers in New Zealand and Worldwide.
Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH, USA)
The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH), founded in 1976, is an educational nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad. Members include travel professionals, consumers with disabilities and other individuals and corporations who support our mission.
Transport Canada's Transportation Development Centre
Transportation Development Centre (TDC) is Transport Canada's centre of expertise for research and development. It manages a multimodal R&D program aimed at improving the safety, security, energy efficiency, and accessibility of the Canadian transportation system, while protecting the environment. Its mandate is especially to promote innovation in transportation.
The Ministère du Tourisme du Québec
The Ministère du Tourisme du Québec (MTO) has the mission of supporting tourism development and promotion in Québec by fostering concerted action and partnership among the various stakeholders. It pursues its mission with a perspective of job creation, economic prosperity and sustainable development. The MTO works closely with Kéroul for the development and promotion of Québec as a destination accessible to people with restricted physical abilities. Several MTO activities addressing tourists with disabilities reflect the orientations of the government policy, À part entière : pour un véritable exercice du droit à l'égalité (Full Citizenship: For a Genuine Exercise of the Right to Equality).
Kéroul, Tourism and culture for people with restricted physical ability
Kéroul is a non-profit organization, founded in 1979. Its mission is to make tourism and culture accessible to people with limited physical ability. It evaluates the accessibility of tourist and cultural establishments and its accessibility classification is the only one recognized by Tourism Québec. Kéroul trains front-line employees of tourist establishments, using its Welcoming Ways training program, and develops and promotes The Accessible Road, a tool that persons with disabilities can use to plan a host of "accessible" trips and getaways across Québec. The Accessible Road was conferred the Ulysses Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in 2011.