Thursday, January 31, 2008

Inclusive Travel

If you've never checked out Scott Rains' blog, you are missing out. It's full of information, links, and stories about travel and disability.

Scott just found out that his proposal to create three Centers of Excellence in Inclusive Tourism in strategic locations around the world was accepted by the Echoing Green Foundation for the second of three rounds of the 2008 competition.

Here's what it involves:

"Each Center of Excellence will participate in international work to:

* Standardize the diversity of accessibility laws,
* Disseminate minimum accessibility guidelines for hotels,
* Train travel & hospitality industry staff,
* Promote the education & hiring of People with disabilities (PwDs) in the industry.

At the local level centers will work to make themselves accessible
destinations and establish a core of PwDs to be self-sustaining as advocates & experts in Inclusive Tourism for their region."

Congratulations, Scott! And, thank you.

1 comment:

Scott Rains said...

And thank you, David!

It is an honor to have been selected and made it this far. (There were 1,500 applications!)

Next month I'll visit some disabled peoples' organizations (DPOs) in India and Bangladesh on a trip to train Indian travel agents about inclusion. Hopefully I'll have some good photos to share.