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New Book: Accessible Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

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The Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) has recently produced a new publication Accessible Tourism: Challenges and Opportunities. This is a FREE resource available here:

From the book:

“American adults with disabilities or reduced mobility currently spend an average of $13.6 billion a year on travel.
Creating accessible cruise ships, accessible ship terminals, accessible ground transportation, and accessible tourism destinations is not charity. It is just good business.”

Dr Scott Rains, a US expert on disability issues
This publication provides an easy-to-read summary of four key research pieces into accessible tourism, including:

* Setting a Research Agenda for Accessible Tourism
* Developing Business Case Studies for Accessible Tourism
* Tourist Experiences of Individuals with Vision Impairment
* Visitor Accessibility in Urban Centres

The research can be used to assist in better planning for and addressing the needs of visitors with disability and other access issues.



Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre (STCRC) was established under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres program in 1997, and has grown to be the largest dedicated tourism research organisation in the world. STCRC has more than 300 tourism research reports available for free download at


Amber Brown
General Manager, Communications and Industry Extension
Sustainable Tourism CRC
Gold Coast Campus
Griffith University QLD 4222

Ph: (07) 5552 8116

Mob: (0434) 622 466
Fax: (07) 5552 8171


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

For the full story:

Travel Safety: The SPOT Satellite Messenger

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
SPOT.jpg Ever find yourself asking, "Who designed this thing anyway?" I do. I also found someone who figured out what to do next. Her story might someday impact us all. Julie Jones is founder and CEO ... [Continue reading this entry]

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 ... [Continue reading this entry]

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]