We are delighted to announce that Mr. André Vallerand and Mr. Ivor Ambrose, two of the most active and respected figures in the tourism field, will be co-chairing our inaugural international event on accessible tourism in 2014.
Mr. Vallerand is President of the Montreal-based World Centre of Excellence of Destinations (CED), an innovative and powerful non-profit created with the assistance of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), for which Mr. Vallerand also acts as Special Advisor to the Secretary General. The UNWTO and the CED work collaboratively on creating strategies and disseminating know-how and good practices to help tourist destinations reach excellence. In addition to his CED presidency, Mr. Vallerand's illustrious resume includes having served as Québec Department of Tourism Minister.
Mr. Ambrose is Managing Director of the European Network forAccessible Tourism (ENAT), a non-profit organization he helped co-found by bringing together such key groups as VisitBritain, the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism, university management specialists, Greek web services company EWORX S.A., and various NGOs from Belgium, Spain and Greece. Born in England, Ivor Ambrose has lived and worked in the UK, Denmark and Belgium and is now based in Athens, Greece. He holds a M.Sc. in Environmental Psychology from the University of Surrey, UK (1979) and a Ph.D. by research, completed while working at the Danish Building Research Institute (1991). From 1998 to 2001 he worked for the European Commission Directorate General Information Society, where he managed research projects and contributed to European policies on electronic services and support for the integration of persons with disabilities and seniors. Mr. Ambrose is an internationally known speaker in his field, and his scope of influence has established ENAT as a leading organization - in Europe and beyond - in developing the tourism sector's accessibility for people with disabilities.
Beyond their key roles as Co-chairs of the World Summit Destinations for All, Mr. Vallerand will also chair the Finance Committee while Mr. Ambrose will chair the Program Committee.With such strong leadership at its helm, the World Summit Destinations for All is sure to be a landmark event in making accessible tourism a worldwide reality. For more details, visit:www.destinationspourtous2014.com