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The “Incredible India” Campaign and Universal Design

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

At ETurboNews:

The Incredible India campaign has taken off for the country making the tourism sector witness huge buoyancy in recent times. The marketing strategy has helped India achieve unprecedented growth in terms of both volume and value.

Foreign tourists arrivals to the country have grown at a cumulative annual growth rate of 15.86 percent touching almost 4.2 million in 2007, an increase of 12.4 percent compared to 2006. Foreign exchange earnings from tourism registered a cumulative annual growth rate of 30.97 percent in the same period with figures for 2007 closing at $ 11.956 billion – an impressive spike of 33.8 percent over 2006. Domestic tourism continues to surge, showing more than encouraging trends with tourist visits over 461 million in 2006. By 2010, with the Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi, India expects to hosts 10 M tourists.

Everything seems perfect. The problem: lack of rooms.

But all rooms are not created equal. Some discriminate by design.

Will these rooms be accessible by national standards? Not if they are 1 and 2 star venues. And maybe not even if they are 3, 4, or 5 star class unless enforcement drastically improves.

At the same time the Minimum Hotel Accessibility Recommendations prepared by Rollon Travel can offer simple solutions for all hotel rooms if followed. Download file

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TripWolf Jumps onto the Travel 2.0 Path

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

OK, this site could be a big development for sharing travel information in the disability community. Now is the time to determine that for yourself. It went publictoday.

If you like it share it with your friends. Where you see it needs improvement you can share that directly with TripWolf.

Either way, as soon as you register, add me as a Friend. I’m on the site as Rolling Rains.

From their press release:

New York City, July 1, 2008. Today ( is released publicly to the US market. tripwolf is a new social travel guide that
covers the whole world, focusing mainly on Europe. tripwolf combines
professional editorial content with user-generated content from globetrotters

tripwolf is backed by MairDumont, Europe’s largest publisher of travel guides
including Baedeker, Dumont and Marco Polo
. Through collaboration with
tripwolf, MairDumont has taken the unprecedented step of putting all of its
content – covering more than 200,000 destinations and points of interest – online for free.

Sydney for All Portal: A Model to Replicate Around the World

Sunday, June 29th, 2008
Sydney for All Travel 2.0 Portal Sydney for all logo The inclusive tourism market incorporates people with disabilities and those who are ageing and ... [Continue reading this entry]

Peace through Tourism Course Launched

Saturday, June 28th, 2008
Peace through Tourism Course Launched World Leisure International Centre of Excellence logo While I have not reviewed the final curriculum I did contribute in the research phase of this promising new course:
At the 4th IIPT ... [Continue reading this entry]

Accessibility Improves in New Zealand Tourism

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
The Department of Conservation (DOC) on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand is sitting up and taking notice of access tourism. Knights Point 1.JPG DOC manages more than 1.9 million hectares ... [Continue reading this entry]

Alaska by Kayak – and Wheelchair

Sunday, June 8th, 2008
Alaksa tests the language of comparatives and scrambles metaphors: "Land of the Midnight Sun," "the No-See-Ums are so big you can see them." From May 25 to 30, 2008 I was invited to tour Glacier Bay ... [Continue reading this entry]

US Laws, Travel, and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Thursday, May 15th, 2008
One way to understand the movement for Inclusive Travel and Inclusive Destination Development is to think of it as the social phenomenon for implementing Article 30 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A new ... [Continue reading this entry]

Tourism in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

Friday, March 21st, 2008
The CRPD is unique among international human rights treaties in that it specifically addresses the issues of physical and program accessibility in tourism for persons with disabilities: Article 30, Participation in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport 1. States Parties ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Rolling Rains Report Featured Entrant in the National Geographic and Ashoka’s Changemakers Geotourism Challenge

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

The Rolling Rains Report Featured Entrant in the National Geographic and Ashoka's Changemakers Geotourism Challenge

Global competition will uncover most innovative projects that support better tourism

[San Jose, CA, USA] – The National Geographic Society and Ashoka’s Changemakers ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Globalization of Disability Rights: How Tourism Fits In

Friday, March 14th, 2008

Culture in the Further Development of Universal Design

Scott Rains, D. Min

srains AT oco DOT net

By now most readers of Design for All India have a healthy grasp of Universal Design. Many, perhaps most, have become highly competent ... [Continue reading this entry]