Using Brazil's first national study on domestic tourism by travelers with disabilities this address looks at some preliminary points to making the PETAR region truly a destination for all. It was my privilege to be invited to present at a conference on disability, development, and citizenship in Brazil. The conference site, Eldourado in the interior of São Paulo state sits in the Upper Ribeira River Ecological Park (PETAR) which is a world patrimony site.
Inclusive Destination Development of Eldourado and the PETAR Region: Some First Steps
The geology is formed by the collision of massive tectonic plates making the surface highly fractured. Called karst he area is riddled with caves. In fact, it contains South America's largest network of caves. One objective of the conference is to develop accessibility for the caves as tourist destinations.
Yet the region is also culturally unique. It is one o the poorest and least developed regions of Brazil. Its also home to maroons or quilimbos - communities historically formed by former slaves of African descent.
This is a region that can truly benefit from the innovative approach to social and economic development that is Inclusive Tourism and Inclusive Development.
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This presentation also exists in Portuguese and Spanish translation.
Turismo Inclusivo para Eldourado y la PETAR: Primeros Pasos