Robert Jones Oration 2017: Economics of Tourism

Professor Simon Darcy presented the third Robert Jones Oration in Brisbane in February. The transcript and presentation slides are now available for download. Professor Darcy’s presentation covered the UN World Tourism Organisation and the economic benefits of accessible tourism, Universal Design as it is identified by the UN, and the Travel Chain. You can download a transcript, the slides and the videos from the presentation from the Anti-Discrimination Commission Queensland website.

Robert Jones (1958-2013) was a well-known disability advocate in Queensland. His evidence in the 1994 Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre case against the State Government was a turning point for all Australians in gaining equitable access to buildings. The annual Oration is supported by the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Commission.

The Inaugural Oration was presented by Dr Margaret Ward PSM, a personal friend of Robert Jones and gives an insight into his work before proposing some thoughts about the public interest in the design of private housing.

The 2015 Oration was given by Mr Maha Sinnathamby on visitability and equitable access in our homes and provides on economic overview of the costs of not providing accessible housing for all.

The picture above shows Kevin Cocks AM, Queensland Disability Commissioner; Daniel Gschwind, Chief Executive Qld Tourism; Hon. Coralee O’Rourke, Minister for Disability Services; and Professor Simon Darcy