ILO Launches Red Sea Accessible Tourism Competition 2016

Africa, Tourism, February 4 2016

CAIRO: In order to attract visitors who have disabilities to the Red Sea and raise awareness on the value of employing persons with disabilities in the tourism sector, the International Labour Organization (ILO) Cairo Office announces the Red Sea Accessible Tourism Competition 2016, with the slogan “Tourism for All”. The competition is organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, the Red Sea Governorate, the Egyptian Hotel Association, and the European Network for Accessible Tourism.

Wheelchair access onto beachAccessible tourism is an untapped potential for Egypt, due to the growing numbers of persons with disabilities and ageing populations in many developed countries and in emerging economies. This requires tourism services to be prepared to meet new demands for comfort, safety, and accessibility. Guests with disabilities, seniors, and families with young children all benefit from improved infrastructure and services, and staff who are aware of the needs of an increasingly diverse customer base.

The first accessible tourism competition in Egypt targets hotels and tourism service providers operating in the Red Sea Governorate, and invites them to compete for four prizes depending on their efforts in making their services more accessible (infrastructure, facilities and services, awareness, and staff training, etc.). The prizes include study tours to a European country that is distinguished for its tourism accessibility, and membership of the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT).

Interested hotels and tourism service providers (e.g., coach tours, diving centers, boat excursions, desert safaris, spas, etc.) should send their applications to email: tourism.for.all@outlook.com , before 5 pm on Tuesday February 9th 2015. Winners will be announced in February 2016.

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