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Steering Committee

The members of the Steering Committee are:

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

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Based in Madrid, the UNWTO is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.

Representatives:
Mr. Carlos Vogeler
Regional Director for the Americas
Mrs. Marina Diotallevi
Programme Manager, Ethics and Social Dimensions of Tourism

World Centre of Excellence for Destinations (CED)

World Centre of Excellence for Destinations (CED)

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The CED, a non-profit organization based in Montréal, is an innovative and powerful tool created in December 2006 with the assistance of the UNWTO.

Representative:
Mr. François Bédard
General Manager

European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT)

European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT)

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ENAT is a non-profit association for organizations that aim to be 'frontrunners' in the study, promotion and practice of accessible tourism. By leveraging the knowledge and experience of the network, our members are improving the accessibility of tourist information, transport, infrastructure, design and service for visitors with all kinds of access needs, providing models of excellence in accessible tourism for the whole of the tourism industry.

Representative:
Mr. Ivor Ambrose
Managing Director

Tourisme et Handicaps (France)

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The Association Tourisme et Handicaps is a non-profit organization. Its goals are to heighten professionals and public awareness of the problem of access to holidays for people with disabilities by different means: studies, training, expertise, exhibits, congress, publications, etc. This association promotes politics and programs facilitating access to holidays and, particularly, implements, promotes and manages the French national Label “Tourisme et Handicap”.

Representative:
Mrs. Annette Masson
Présidente

Fundación ONCE (Spain)

Fundación ONCE (Spain)

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The ONCE was created in 1938 to assist blind people in Spain. On the strength of its successful experience and its well-established structure, the ONCE extended its responsibilities to all people with disabilities by creating the Fundación ONCE in 1988. The Foundation supports the integration of people with disabilities into the labour market, as well as universal accessibility. It manages a variety of programs that range from home-care services, job searching and training, to accessible taxis, and so on.

Representatives:
Mr. Jesús Hernández Galán
Director, Universal Accessibility Department
Mrs. Mercé Luz Arqué
Manager, Culture and Leisure Department

Access Tourism New Zeeland

Access Tourism New Zealand

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Access Tourism New Zeeland is a well none forum and blog providing news and views about tourism, travel, and leisure that is accessible to people with disabilities, seniors, and Baby Boomers in New Zeeland and Worldwide.

Representative:
Mrs. Sandra Rhodda
Director

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH, USA)

Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality (SATH, USA)

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The Society for Accessible Travel & Hospitality (SATH), founded in 1976, is an educational nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to raise awareness of the needs of all travelers with disabilities, remove physical and attitudinal barriers to free access and expand travel opportunities in the United States and abroad. Members include travel professionals, consumers with disabilities and other individuals and corporations who support our mission.

Representative:
Mrs. Jani Nayar
Executive Coordinator

Kéroul

Kéroul

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Kéroul is a non-profit organization, founded in 1979. Its mission is to make tourism and culture accessible to people with limited physical ability. It evaluates the accessibility of tourist and cultural establishments and its accessibility classification is the only one recognized by Tourism Québec. Kéroul trains front-line employees of tourist establishments, using its Welcoming Ways training program, and develops and promotesThe Accessible Road, a tool that persons with disabilities can use to plan a host of “accessible” trips and getaways across Québec.

Representatives:
Mr. André Leclerc
General Manager
Mr. Michel Trudel
Advisor

Tourisme Québec (MTO)

Tourisme Québec (MTO)

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Tourisme Québec is the Department in charge of the Tourism for the Government of Québec. Its mission is to sustain the Québec’s tourist development and promotion in a view of creating jobs, economic prosperity and sustainable development. Many activities of Tourisme Québec join the objectives of tourism for all.

Representative:
Mrs. Jacinthe Dumoulin
Liaison Officer for Kéroul at Tourisme Québec

International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO)

International Social Tourism Organisation (ISTO)

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ISTO, an international non-profit association, aims at promoting access to leisure, holidays and tourism for the greatest number of people—youth, families, seniors and disabled people—and favouring the implementation of this objective and the means that follow with the stakeholders sharing this responsibility, namely the states, social actors and operators. Its mission also aims at promoting a fair and sustainable tourism, ensuring profit for the host populations and respecting the natural and cultural heritage

Representatives:
Mr. Jacques Perreault
President, ISTO Americas
Mrs. Veronica Gomez
Director, ISTO Americas

Transport Canada’s Transportation Development Centre

Transport Canada’s Transportation Development Centre

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Transportation Development Centre (TDC) is Transport Canada's centre of expertise for research and development. It manages a multimodal R&D program aimed at improving the safety, security, energy efficiency, and accessibility of the Canadian transportation system, while protecting the environment. Its mandate is especially to promote innovation in transportation.

Representative:
Mr. Daniel Blais
Research Officer