Conference: Inclusive Nordic Travel

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Oslo, Norway. 7 November 2022. The conference highlights the advantages of inclusive tourism by showing how it can contribute to sustainable community building and further support equality and independence for everyone.

Monday 7th November 2022. 09.00 to

Place: Oslo, Thon Hotel Opera, Dronning Eufemias gate 4.


Deadline formregsistrations is October 21th 2022. Conference entrance is free.

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  • The conference language is English.
  • The conference will be live streamed.
  • Please read the accessibility statement

About the Conference

Sustainable tourism involves a complex system of interconnected technologies, structures, functions, and actors. It is defined by the UN World Tourism Organisation as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”

Making tourism services accessible increases their quality and the enjoyment for everyone. It also improves the quality of life in local communities.

The conference highlights the advantages of inclusive tourism by showing how inclusive tourism can contribute to sustainable community building, and further support equality and independence for everyone. We want to illustrate how universal design contributes to increased social sustainability in the Nordic countries. The conference seeks to inspire by presenting local examples of sustainable and inclusive tourism from Norway, the Nordic countries, and the rest of the world.

Our purpose is to bring together the private sector, administrators, public service providers, researchers, designers, architects, planners, developers, users, and practitioners interested in the advances and applications in the field of Universal Design and Sustainable Tourism.

Event moderator is Torgeir Waterhouse from Otte AS.


09.00 – 11.10: Opening plenary

Opening comments
Anette Trettebergstuen, Ministry of Culture and Equality

UNWTO - promoting responsible, sustainable, and universally accessible tourism
Igor Stefanovic, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

Accessible Tourism For All - identifying barriers and how to surpass them
Ivor Ambrose, European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT)

Hotel accessibility management - standards and training programmes for accessibility
Magnus Berglund (Accessibility advisor)

ACCESSTOUR – realising the potential in making destinations more accessible
Karin Marie Antonsen, Nordland Research Institute

11.30 – 13.00: Parallel sessions

Track 1 - Technology

Moderator: Torgeir Waterhouse

The Making of a Virtual Museum Experience – Roald Amundsen’s House in VR
Jonas Nordby, Follo Museum

AI in the travel industry: bias and oportunities
Morten Goodwin, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research

Navigating world travel with the help of technology for someone who happens to be blind - Perspectives, barriers, and opportunities
Stein Erik Skotkjerra, Siteimprove

Track 2 - Outdoor experiences

Moderator: to be announced

Move Green Lab - Evidence-based solutions on how to make nature accessible
Ulrika Stigsdotter, University of Copenhagen

Nature Access to All (NatAc) - Accessible trails in Finnish national parks
Laura Lethonen, Metsähallitus

Accessible tourism in Iceland
Jón Gunnar Benjamínsson, Iceland Unlimited

Panel / talk

Track 3 - Transportation

Moderator: Kirsti Svinø, Bufdir

About implementing the UN's sustainability goals in the transport system - how to create equal travel opportunities for everyone
Sven Hunhammar, Swedish Transport Administration

The transport experience for people with disabilities: A tourism perspective
Nigel Halpern, Kristiania University College

Development of autonomous electric ferries with a universal design
Erik Dyrkoren, Zeabuz

Reflections around the future of transportation
Joakim Valevatn, Teknologirådet

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch

14.00 – 15.30: Sightseeing/networking

You can choose one of the following:

15.30 – 17.00: Closing plenary

Accessibility and Nordic museums

Artistic contribution
Ihra Lill Scharning

How accessible are the museums in Norway
Kirsti Svinø, Bufdir and xxx, Rambøl

Accessibility in the museums of Iceland
Jón Gunnar Benjamínsson, Iceland Unlimited

Accessibility through technology
Jonas Nordby and xxx (Follo Museum)



Tone Alexandra Larsen, senior advisor Bufdir



Deadline is October 21th 2022. Conference entrance is free.
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