Accessible Tourism forum tackles inclusion of persons with disabilities in Philippines

Asia-Pacific, July 13 2012

DAVAO CITY: The National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA) has tackled rights-based and other major issues during a regional forum Thursday on Accessible Tourism for Persons with Disabilities in line with the government’s thrust towards an inclusive tourism industry.

Rizalio Sanchez, chief of NCDA’s information, education and communication division, said the forum is being held at the Apo View Hotel here in collaboration with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and other key players from the tourism industry.

He said major issues related to accessible tourism as well as recommendations on policy measures that would create an inclusive barrier-free and rights-based society for persons with disabilities will be tackled in the forum.

Invited speakers, Sanchez said, are experts from the private sector on structural and design concepts to discuss the technical aspects and details of physical structures and universal design concepts intended primarily for persons with disabilities including the elderly, children and pregnant women.

Among the forum participants are hotel and restaurant managers, tourist transport operators, tourism officers from the government and private sectors, and other entrepreneurs engaged in the tourism business, he said.


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