(Forimmediaterelease. net) From the initiative of the ONCE Base, the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) and the World Tourism Business (UNWTO), the first working meeting for your development of an International Standard on Available Tourism for All was held in This town on 13-14 February.
The particular Technical Committee TC 228, accountable for tourism and related services inside the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), will develop a global and transversal global standard that will include, initially, the systematic inventory of existing requirements, technical criteria, recommendations and needs in the field of accessible tourism. In addition , suggestions and requirements will be suggested for all those segments of the value chain plus related activities whose international standardization in terms of accessibility is still pending.
The future standards will be known as “ ISO 21902 Tourism plus related services— Tourism for all— Requirements and recommendations”. In terms of range, the new standard will set very clear guidelines for tourism planning plus destination management.
Based on Jesú s Herná ndez, Movie director of Universal Accessibility and Advancement of the ONCE Foundation, the new regular will be “ a lever to advertise Design for All in such an important financial sector as tourism at the globe level. In many cases persons with afflictions cannot exercise their rights in order to leisure and the enjoyment of lifestyle and tourism. This is discrimination. Additionally , from an economic point of view, tourism exercise that is designed for all people represents an origin of wealth creation”.
For his part, Má rcio Favilla, UNWTO Executive Director, stressed that universal accessibility is a correct and a business opportunity for destinations plus companies: “ Accessible tourism will be the answer to everyone’ s universal directly to travel and discover the world. At the same time, it really is an opportunity for the tourism industry in order to capture a global marketplace that includes huge numbers of people with disabilities, seniors, families along with young children and many others who encounter several barriers, both physical and social, when travelling. ”
Javier Garcí a, Director associated with Standardization of the Spanish Association just for Standardization (UNE), stated that “ technical standards are documents offered to all, which contain the consensus of most parties related to globally-accepted good procedures, helping organizations to establish their requirements for action. Currently, the Spanish list contains 75 standards and write standards that establish the availability requirements in many areas, benefiting individuals with disabilities and their families, in addition to society in general”. UNE could be the entity responsible for the development of technical specifications in Spain and is the national consultant at international and European standardization bodies.
To date, the particular working group established under INTERNATIONALE ORGANISATION FÜR STANDARDISIERUNG TC228 has representatives from Compact country of panama, Austria, the United Kingdom, Cyprus, Luxembourg, Spain, Argentina, Malta, Canada, Ireland plus Spain, as well as representatives of organizations such as ENAT (European Network associated with Accessible Tourism), HOTREC (European Organization of Hotels, Restaurants and Café s), ECTAA (European Association associated with Tour Operators and Travel Agents), SBS (Small Business Standards, the particular European association representing SMEs within standardization), and ANEC (the Western european consumer association for standardization)
The new standard, which is likely to be approved in 2018 right after reaching consensus at the ISO degree and promulgated during 2019, is going to be applied to the different stakeholders of the travel and leisure sector, both public and personal and at different levels.
Media contact: UNWTO Media Official Rut Gomez Sobrino Tel: (+34) 91 567 81 60 rgomez@unwto. org
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