Portugal First to Win Accessible Tourism Award
Europe, Tourism, September 13 2019
PORTUGAL: Portugal is the first country to receive the “Accessible Tourism Destination” award from the World Tourism Organisation (WTO), which recognises the effort in promoting accessibility.
“Portugal is the only country to have received this distinction, which is awarded for the first time this year by WTO in partnership with the ONCE Foundation, and which recognises Portugal’s efforts to promote tourism accessibility”, the ministry of economy said. The distinction was awarded during the 23rd General Assembly of the WTO, in St. Petersburg, Russia.
According to the Portuguese government, there are 90 million tourists with specific mobility needs in Europe alone, “so this distinction is very important to position Portugal as a leader in accessibility”.
Furthermore, in 2016 the ‘All for All’ programme was launched, with the aim of empowering Portuguese tourism and creating accessible routes throughout the country. According to data from the ministry of economy, 116 projects have been supported so far, representing an investment of €20 million and support of €14 million.