Published on : Monday, September 19, 2016
Ras Al Khaimah is going to host UAE’s World Tourism Day Conference with the theme ‘Tourism for All – Promoting Universal Accessibility’ in the second half of September. This is the second time, when Ras Al Khaimah is going to host the conference.
The conference will take place in alignment with the World Tourism Day annual event organised by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in Thailand on 27th September. The World Tourism Day event tries to promote sustainable and responsible tourism practice.
The World Tourism Day Conference at the Ras Al Khaimah convention centre will be held on 29th September. The keynote address will be given by UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi. The conference will also gather international leaders and UAE’s key industry stakeholders under the same roof to strengthen tourism scenario in entire Arab Emirates.
The Managing Director of the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), Ivor Ambrose is also going to act as one of the keynote speakers at the conference.
Another speaker for the conference, CEO Haitham Mattar of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has informed, “Ivor is flying direct from the UNTWO World Tourism Day event in Bangkok to attend the Ras Al Khaimah conference and has expressed his keen support of our commitment to open the debate on accessibility for all within the UAE.”
He has added later, “Accessible tourism for all is about the creation of environments that can cater to the needs of all of us, whether travelling or staying at home due to a disability, even temporary, or to families with small children, or the ageing population. At some point in our lives, sooner or later, we all benefit from universal accessibility in tourism that will focus on the key needs of two specific leisure segments – families with small children and elderly travellers.”
The conference will also feature panel discussions between a number of subject experts, which will bring specific tourism needs of families with aged and young members under brighter light. Some of the names of the panel members are Andrew Dent of Family Traveller Magazine of UK, Urs Binggelli of McKinsey & Company and Scott Booth of YouGov ME.
The Tourism Development Authority of Ras Al Khaimah also plans to demonstrate UAE’s capability of arranging high profile meetings. Mattar has informed that they are supporting the development of their MICE profile.