Ms. Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Social Policy and Development (DSPD) of the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), will inaugurate the first World Summit Destinations for All, to be held in Montreal October 19-22, 2014. Bas was appointed Director of UNDESA’s DSPD in May 2011. She is a specialist in international politics, human rights, and social development. The summit aims to identify and implement the necessary measures to establish international tourism that is inclusive and accessible to everyone. More specifically, the event is expected to:
1) Make progress in determination of a set of international norms and standards with regards to accessible tourism and transportation
2) Highlight the economic benefits for destinations to be completely inclusive and accessible, and to develop and enhance accessible tourism products
3) Establish a world partnership and a common international strategy to develop universal accessibility for infrastructures, tourism services, transport, and to increase the availability of information on the accessibility of different destinations
The main driver of the conference is Keroul, a key consultant for Tourisme Québec regarding accessibility. Many prestigious international organizations support the Summit, including the World Tourism Organization, the International Organization of Social Tourism, the World Centre of Excellence for Destinations, the European Network for Accessible Tourism, the ONCE Foundation in Spain, and Association Tourisme et Handicaps France. Members of the steering committee and programme committee come from around the world, including Australasia (Access Tourism New Zealand being one), Asia, Northe America, Europe and the UK, and the Middle East. The co-chairs of the summit are André Vallerand of Keroul and Ivor Ambrose of ENAT.