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In depth research is being conducted on motion, tracking, music,and narrations with a goal to convey the dynamic nature of a tourismdestination such as the Georgia Aquarium. These alternative means of representing a tour draw on other senses and seekto enhance the holistic elements of an aquarium, zoo, museum, or outdoortourism zone. This project is part of an overarching initiative to advanceAtlanta and Georgia's accessibility for the disabled population,particularly in the areas of travel and tourism. On June 15, the Georgia Alliance
for Accessible Technologies InitiativeGAAT of the United Nation's Global Initiative for Inclusive Informationand Communication Technologies G3ict held a meeting at the offices of theInterContinental Hotels Group IHG. This seminar of presentations and dialogue focused on the progress of GAAT'soverall work
and allowed members of the group to share updates about theirrecent endeavors related to establishing Georgia as an accessibledestination for the disabled. Participants from a range of organizations attended, includingrepresentatives from IBM Research, Delta Air Lines Inc. , Hartsfield JacksonAtlanta International Airport, the Governor's Council on DevelopmentalDisabilities, Georgia Tech, the Atlanta VA Rehab Center of Emory, AeolianSolutions, among others. These leaders reconvened to follow up on its last workshop in late April,hosted by the Center for the Visually Impaired CVI, and to devise a newset of immediate goals, all with the ultimate objective to promote Georgia'scompetitiveness in accessible travel and tourism. This accomplishment willserve as a strong driving force in the economy and brand Georgia as afrontrunner in human rights, hence the persistent cooperation of public andprivate sectorentities. Presentations on "good practices" in Georgia commenced with IHG and adescription of the company's increased concentration on web accessibilitysites and other technological undertakings for reaching out to the disabledconstituency, both domestic and international. According to Karen Bennett, manager of user experience at IHG, everythingfrom grass roots pressure to upper management and financial support iscrucial in the hotel industry's adoption of accessibility standards.