Queensland Government to support Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Conference as part of the 2023 Year of Accessible Tourism
Queensland Minister For Tourism, Innovation and Sport, the Honourable Stirling Hinchliffe MP, has announced a major sponsorship for the third annual Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Conference in Asia-Pacific (AITCAP 2023).
Well timed to help meet the objectives of the Year of Accessible Tourism, AITCAP 2023 will allow tourism operators and destinations to learn about how to best meet the needs of the 20% of travellers that have a disability, and allow them to connect with various organisations around the region who are working toward a common goal of making travel more accessible for everybody.
The hybrid event comprises an intensive 1-day in-person conference on 28 April in Queensland, and a 1-day virtual conference on 11 May, as well as a diversity of Side Events.
GetAboutAble is proud to partner with the Queensland Government who have demonstrated their commitment to being a world leading accessible & inclusive destination through initiatives like the Accessible Tourism Toolkit, Accessible Tourism in Queensland project and declaring 2023 Year of Accessible Tourism with associated funding.
The Event will take place at the Sea World Resort Conference Centre (Gold Coast, Queensland) and on a dedicated online platform, both chosen for their accessibility.
Minister’s Welcome Message
We’ve declared 2023 as Queensland’s Year of Accessible Tourism to lead the State’s transformation as the world’s all-abilities destination of choice.
To ignite change and generate opportunity, the Queensland Government is backing this year’s Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Conference in the Asia-Pacific on the Gold Coast.
This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with global experts on fast-tracking accessible infrastructure, game-changing technology and business learning.
Better visitor experience accessibility is a key initiative of Queensland’s industry led Towards Tourism 2032 roadmap.
It’s also part of our commitment to making the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games the most accessible and inclusive sporting event in world history.
The Queensland Government is investing $12 million in the Year of Accessible Tourism to help tourism operators upgrade visitor infrastructure, supportive technology and business knowhow to transform our visitor economy.
A $1 million portion of the Government’s funding is for promoting accessibility awareness through a series of events including this conference.
Nearly one-in-five Australians has a disability.
Tourism Research Australia estimates the untapped potential of accessible visitor experiences, accommodation and transport for travellers with a disability, and their companions, to be in the vicinity of $1.8 billion per year.
The Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Conference in the Asia-Pacific is a forum for sharing ideas on building an enduring legacy as Australia’s premier, inclusive visitor destination.
Your stay on the Gold Coast is a perfect opportunity to find out why this region is the nation’s favourite holiday destination, because Queensland’s great lifestyle and world-class tourism experiences are too good not to be enjoyed by everyone.
Queensland Tourism, Innovation and Sport Minister and Minister Assisting the Premier on Olympics and Paralympics Sport and Engagement.