Tourism for Everyone
Dubai Accessible Travel and Tourism International Summit
11 & 12 January 2024
JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, UAE
Held under the patronage of H.H. 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
Message from Event Patron
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 the Dubai Accessible Travel and Tourism International Summit (DATTIS) in December 2023. 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 Summit 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.
Officials and Expert Speakers
Message from Organiser
Dubai Accessible Travel and Tourism International Summit (DATTIS) 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.
What is Dubai Accessible Travel and Tourism International Summit?
A first-of-a-kind in the world in terms of the comprehensive range of topics to be discussed, the Summit aims to highlight the legislations, policies and requirements of tourists of determination, in addition to the challenges they face while travelling in relation to available
infrastructures, transportation and communications means, education, medical tourism, banking services and qualified human resources capable of dealing with them, among other equally important related issues.
DATTIS 2022 Highlights & Achievements
- His Excellency Ahmed Aboul Gheit, Secretary General of the League of Arab States, opens the summit and calls for strengthening the services provided by Arab and international cities to tourists with disabilities
- 26 officials and experts representing international organisations, universities and specialised institutions participated in the summit, highlighting the requirements of people with disabilities when travelling and exploring tourist destinations
- The summit came out with 58 key recommendations to deal with the main challenges faced by People with Disabilities in the areas of mobility, hospitality and travel worldwide.
- 142 billion euros missed opportunities on the economy and global tourism due to the reluctance of tourists with disabilities to move and travel due to the lack of services and facilities that suit them
- 450 officials in the travel and tourism sectors attended the 3rd edition of the summit
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Why Accessible Tourism?
Why you should not miss
- 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 summit 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 summit 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