International Expertise

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Kéroul is the expert regarding tourism and culture for the handicapped. As a matter of fact, its expertise has gained international recognition and Kéroul is more and more sollicitated by other countries from around the world.

In order to answer the demands, Kéroul has created a new division within its team to develop an international outlet. As a result, we are now able to help other countries in their search to develop the accessibility of any public, touristic, historical, or governmental place or building in order to make it accessible for peoples with restrained capacities or specific needs.

With the expertise it has developped since 1979, Kéroul is now a must regarding the development of accessible tourism that reaches now 15% of the population. We can also predict that this number will grow in conjuction with the population aging and then, conclude that those who will be prepared to meet with the demand will win a large part of this important growing market.

Kéroul's international activities

  • Mandated with coordinating transportation, accommodations and hospitality for the Independence '92 international congress in Vancouver (1992)

  • Spoke at an international conference in Peru (1999) and participated in a mission to support tourist industry initiatives in that country, including evaluating more than 100 sites in five cities and training 1,000 people (2000)

  • Invited by the International Social Tourism Organisation to speak at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference in Mexico; APEC later mandated Kéroul with identifying member countries' best practices (2000) and presenting its findings in Singapore (2001)

  • Hosted the International Adapted Tourism Symposium, which was attended by several international delegations (Peru, France, USA, Costa Rica) (2000)

  • Participated in the Society for the Advancement of Travel for the Handicapped (SATH) World Congress in Fort Lauderdale (2000, 2001, 2002)

  • Presented the findings of its market study on the travel habits of persons with disabilities at the International Social Tourism Organisation's biennial congress in Mexico (2002)

  • Gave a presentation in Paris for the Journées européennes sur le tourisme pour les personnes handicapées organized by the association Tourisme & Handicaps (2004)

  • Took part in the Disabled Peoples International World Summit in Winnipeg (2004)

  • Organized a mission to France to build ties with French organizations, most notably Tourisme & Handicaps and the ministry of culture (2005)

  • Gave a presentation at the Entretiens Jacques Cartier colloquium in Lyon (2005)

  • Coordinated a six-person delegation in Tunisia and signed bilateral collaboration agreements with Morocco and Tunisia for the development of accessible tourism (2006)

  • Sat on the organizing committee and several sub-committees for TRANSED 2007, the 11th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons, in Montréal (2007)

  • Ran a booth and spoke at the World Leisure Congress in Québec City (2008)

  • Ran a booth and spoke at the 21st World Congress Rehabilitation International in Québec City (2008)

  • Set up a 12-person delegation, gave two talks and ran an information booth at TRANSED 2010 in Hong Kong (2010)

  • Invited to speak at the IIIrd International Congress on Tourism for All, in Valladolid, Spain, to present The Accessible Road (2010)

  • Spoke at the SATH World Congress in Florida (2011)

  • Received the United Nations World Tourism Organization's prestigious Ulysses Award for Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations for The Accessible Road, at the UNWTO Forum in Portugal (2011)

  • Invited by the Ecuadorian government to speak at the UNWTO's 2nd International Congress on Ethics and Tourism in Quito (2012)

  • Gave a presentation about the findings of its market studies conducted in 2010 and 2011 at the IV International Congress on Tourism for All in Ávila, Spain (2013)

  • Participated in the 6th session of the Conference of State Parties to the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, held at the UN Headquarters in New York City (2013)
  • Gave a prensentation on economic potential of accessible tourism at Tourism for All international congress held in Ávila, Spain, June 26 through 28, 2013.
  • Ran a booth promoting The Accessible Road at the Salon Mondiale du Tourisme in Paris (March 2015).
  • The Destinations for All World Summit is founded and takes place October 19 to 22, 2014 in Montréal. The international conference aims to identify and implement the measures necessary to develop inclusive and accessible international tourism. More than 375 delegates from 31 countries take part.
  • Results of Destinations for All World Summit presented to United Nations and World Tourism Organization in Washington, DC in November 2014.
  • Presentation at multi-destination seminar in Haiti, held May 19 and 20, 2015.
  • Presentation of Kéroul’s services, The Accessible Road, the “A World for Everyone” declaration and the Quebec case of accessible taxi service at the TRANSED Conference in Lisbon, Portugal, July 28 to 31, 2015.
  • “Cities at the heart of inclusive tourism” session presented at Global Summit on City Tourism, held December 14 and 15, 2016, in Marrakesh, Morocco.
  • Quebec–Wallonia (2015–2016) Mission: visit to Quebec by Émilie Goffin of Access-i and follow-up visit to Belgium by Jean-François Lavoie of Kéroul to organize a second Destinations for All World Summit in 2018.