During the celebrations of the World Tourism Day at the Aloft Montevideo Hotel, the Accessible Tourism Network in Uruguay was founded. This initiative was launched by the Network of Inclusive Companies in Uruguay and aims at promoting the employment of people with disabilities by fostering their labour insertion in the sector, as well as positioning Uruguay as an accessible tourism destination.
One of the most moving moments in the evening was the announcement that Ms. Liliam Kechichian, former Tourism and Sports Minister of Uruguay between 2012 and 2020, will be sponsoring the Accessible Tourism Network.
During thelaunch event, the Honorary Advisory Board to the Accessible Tourism Network was also announced. One of its members will be Ms. Mercedes Carrillo, a Juridical Officer at the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity (SARE) of the Organization of American States (OAS). She has worked as an advisor for the Inter-American Commission of Women and as a member of the Secretariat to the Inter-American Committee on Persons with Disabilities.
Some of the outstanding professionals in the Advisory Board are: Teresita Amarillo (architect and Technical Secretary for the Committee on Physical Accessibility of the Uruguayan Institute of Technical Standards), Eugenio Bidondo (Director of Tourism in Flores), Fernando Carotta Derudder (Executive Coordinator for the Network of Inclusive Companies in Argentina and Uruguay), Federico Lezama (Director of the Disability Unit in Canelones), Cristian Pos (Coordinator of the SMEs Center in Colonia), Walter Rivero (Director of the Accessible Tourism Project and General Manager of Aloft Montevideo Hotel), Leticia Viva (Joint Executive Director for the Network of Inclusive Companies in Argentina and Uruguay), and Horacio Yanes (Director of Tourism in Canelones).
To learn more about the Accessible Tourism Network in Uruguay, please visit www.turismoaccesible.com.uy