Access Tourism Conference


The first New Zealand Conference on accessible tourism, travel, and hospitality for people with disabilities and seniors will be held on 4 October 2010.

This one day conference is organized by the New Zealand Tourism Research Institute, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland New Zealand. It will examine various aspects of tourism for people, with disabilities and seniors. A neglected sector in New Zealand, tourism for the disabled is predicted to become of major importance worldwide as Baby Boomers age and begin to experience increased disability. Access Tourism is the fastest growing sector overseas as people with disabilities take advantage of increasingly accessible international tourism products. In New Zealand, our most important domestic and international visitor segment already comprises those who are 45 years old or older and it is predicted that the age of tourists will increase worldwide over the next several decades. New Zealand must prepare for the needs of this market if it is to benefit from it. The conference will be opened by the Honourable Tariana Turia, Minister for Disabilities Issues.

Please note that in order to keep costs down, this conference is designed to be as sustainable as possible. Therefore, there will be no conference packs or gifts for speakers, and morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be basic.

Registration: Early bird: on or before August 31: NZD$125 After 31 August: NZD$150

Speakers: Speakers include both national and international experts in various aspects of Access and tourism. Abstracts from presentations made at the conference will be made available on the NZTRI website after the conference.

The conference will be held in WA Building, Ground Floor conference venue, AUT downtown. For a map, click here.

Register for the conference by clicking on HERE

Access Tourism New Zealand Conference, Draft Programme
8.00-9.00 Registration
9.00-9.30 Welcome and opening Derek McCormack, Vice Chancellor, AUT
Hon. Tariana Turia, Minister for Disabilities Issues and Co-Leader of the Maori Party
9.30-10.00 Introduction, rationale for Access Tourism, New Zealand situation Sandra Rhodda, NZTRI/AUT and Access Tourism NZ
10.00-10.30 Access Tourism in Auckland Minnie Baragwanath, Auckland City Council
10.30-11.00 Morning Tea
11.00-11.45 World Access Tourism Diana Palmer, IDEAS, NSW
11.45-12.15 Inbound Tourism and Access Tourism Bill Forrester, Travability Australia
12.15-1.00 Lunch
1.00-1.45 The Access Tourism Mary Schnackenberg, Accessible Information and Communications Ltd Chris Peters, National Foundation for the Deaf
Alexia Pickering, Accessible Options
1.45-2.15 Accessible websites and information Kathy Olsen, Squiz
2.15-2.45 Transport and the Disabled Chris Ross, Chair, Auckland Disabilities
Providers Network
2.45-3.15 Legal aspects of Access Tourism Auckland Disability Law
3.15-3.45 Afternoon Tea
3.45-4.30 Brainstorming Breakouts We will make the results of the brainstorming sessions available to you
4.30-4.50 Report back
4.50-5.00 Close

For all enquiries, please contact:
Dr. Sandra Rhodda
Senior Research Officer
New Zealand Tourism Research Institute
Auckland University of Technology
WH 108, AUT City Campus
Private Bag 92006, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
Phone: 64-9-921-9999 ext 8977
Fax: 64-9-921-9315
E-mail: sarhodda@aut.ac.nz