Europe Apr 17, 2013
MALTA: A new web portal has just been launched with the aim of providing information to help people with disabilities enjoy a holiday in the Maltese Islands.
The website, www.accessibletourismmalta.eu, will be constantly updated with new information underscoring accessible resources which tourists with disabilities or elderly may make use of to help mitigate the challenges of traveling.
The website is part of “Accessible Culture For All”, a project co-financed by the EU which aims to raise awareness about social tourism and identify ways how to help the tourism industry to increase competitiveness by targeting new markets.
The project incorporates the Malta Tourism Authority, the National Commission People with Disabilities and Finnish and Croatian partners.
Addressing a conference this morning, Tourism Minister Karmenu Vella said that social tourism has huge potential since, through investment, travel operators who tap into the field would be able to reach new markets such as the elderly, the disabled and low income families.
It would also help promote off-season tourism.
“It is the Government’s priority to work with stakeholders to enable accessibility.”
A national audit was also carried out by the architectural firm Doric Studio to help identify the gaps between the requirements of people with disabilities and the tourism product on offer.
The results, the Minister added, will help formulate a model to feed the interest of the private sector and generate a handholding process supported by the MTA for establishments prepared to tailor their service for people with disabilities.
Source: The Times of Malta