Accessibility expert to speak to board |

Accessibility expert to speak to board

Craig Kennedy of C.K. Consulting in Steamboat Springs will be one of several local speakers on the agenda Monday, when the Colorado Tourism Office Board hosts its monthly meeting at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel.

Kennedy will talk to the board members about the benefits of tourism marketing that targets travelers with disabilities. The public is invited to attend.

Steamboat Springs City Council President Paul Strong will open the meeting at 8:30 a.m., followed by an industry update by Tourism Board chairman Steve Szapor. Kennedy is scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. His talk will be followed by a legislative update by State Sen. Jack Taylor, R-Steamboat Springs, and State Rep. Al White, R-Winter Park.

Kennedy, who uses a wheelchair, has written extensively about how resort towns can tap into a tourism niche by becoming more accessible. He also has identified accessible attractions statewide.

Greg Morton, a spokesman for the Tourism Board, said it is recruiting people in the tourism industry throughout Colorado to become ambassadors willing to speak out in their communities about the role tourism plays in the local and state economies.

More information about the tourism ambassadors program can be found at http://www.colorado. com/Ambassador/default.asp

Monday’s meeting will be held in the Priest Creek Room of the Steamboat Grand.

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