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Message from the event patron

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum

President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group

As part of our efforts to achieve the government’s vision and goal of making the UAE the most preferred and friendliest tourist destination for People of Determination, I am pleased to announce that Dubai will host the 4th edition of Accessible Travel and Tourism International Conference.

Top representatives from international organisations, decision-makers and experts from the government and private sectors will participate in the Summit to shed light on the needs and expectations of millions of tourists with disabilities who travel annually with regards to infrastructure, land transportation, air travel, tourism, entertainment facilities, shopping centres and other facilities and discuss effective strategies to meet these requirements.

The Conference has achieved overwhelming success levels in its 3rd edition, and I look forward to it getting your continuous support and participation. This global gathering will undoubtedly contribute towards achieving our vision of making the UAE, with Dubai in the lead, the best tourist destination in the world for People of Determination.

We will continue our unfettered support of the national economy by attracting a large segment of tourists with disabilities, accounting for 10% of the total global tourists – an estimated 120 million, who deserve to enjoy their lives and travel the world freely, with appropriate facilities and infrastructure.

I call upon you to work together to ensure Accessible Tourism gains solid ground and helps enhance the UAE’s competitiveness as a friendly tourist destination for everyone.

Conference Officials & Expert Speakers

H.E. Majid Al Usaimi
Member-Higher Committee for the Protection of the Rights of People of Determination, Dubai Executive Council and President-Asian Paralympic Committee
His Royal Highness Prince Mired Raad Zeid Al-Hussein
President, Higher Council for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Jordan
Igor Stefanovic
Technical Coordinator, Ethics, Culture and Social Responsibility Department
UNWTO Specialist in Accessible Tourism, Spain
Jeff Strachan
Business Development Director, Dubai College of Tourism, Dubai Economic and Tourism, UAE
Eng. Meera Al Ameri
Head of Research and Building Systems Section, Dubai Municipality, UAE
Linda Ristagno
Assistant Director, External Affairs,
International Air Transport Association (IATA), Switzerland
Salah Khaled
Director, UNESCO DOHA Office for Gulf States & Yemen
Jean-Sebastien Pard
Senior Manager Facilitation, Passenger Services and Operations, Airports Council International (ACI World), Canada

Our Partners in Success

Message from the Organiser

The Accessible Travel and Tourism International Conference comes as a qualitative addition to the continuing global efforts at making the world increasingly accessible to tourists with disabilities. International organisations and experts who spoke at the dedicated sessions, shed light on the rights and needs of more than one billion people in the world with disabilities to travel and visit destinations without any barriers and enjoy their airports, airlines, hotels and in-destination landmarks and attractions better and comfortably.

Ghassan Suleiman – Secretary General of the Conference

What is Accessible Travel & Tourism International Conference?

A first-of-a-kind in the world in terms of the comprehensive range of topics cover. The conference aims to highlight the legislations, policies and requirements of tourists of determination the challenges they face while travelling, related to infrastructures, transportation and communications among other equally important related issues.

2024 Conference Highlights

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Why you should not miss Accessible Travel and Tourism International Conference

  • Tourism dedicated towards People of Determination has remained largely untapped despite vast technological advancements and innovations in the way they can explore the world
  • Assuming 15% of the world’s total 1.2 billion tourists are faced with disabilities – it’s a huge potential market as they spend three times more than the average tourist
  • A platform with multi-dimensional benefits for your company/organisation to express/display strong association with People of Determination.
  • Be seen as a company/organisation that strongly supports the governmental efforts to make life better for every individual in our society
  • Meet government ministers, decision-makers, social influencers and other crucial market players for networking and professional benefits
  • The conference takes forward the mission of enabling People with Disabilities to enjoy the world of tourism, with the governments, tourism bodies, travel industry players, urban planners and others working in tandem
  • The conference is a step towards moving further in determining what the people with disabilities requires
  • Help the tourism industry to get the right strategies and programmes in place
  • It will be an ideal platform to know how technology and innovation are getting better to make life easy and more accessible
  • A timely platform to network and share strategies and experiences and understand the market needs and expectations
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