Tourism

Accessibility at Smart Tourism Destinations: 2nd edition of the TUR4all Congress (Webinar series)

SPAIN: The Spanish Representative Platform for People with Physical Disabilities, PREDIF, and the Region of Valencia Tourist Board will once again be partnering to bring about the 2nd TUR4all Congress on the theme of “Accessibility at Smart Tourism Destinations”. From 9th to 30th November 2020, a total of 20 webinars will be held, highlighting the Autonomous… Continue Reading »

I Love NY Unveils Accessible New York Initiative

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: In tandem with the 30th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act, I Love NY unveiled Accessible New York, an initiative designed to enhance the travel experiences of visitors with disabilities. The Accessible New York website will serve as an information hub to publicize accessible attractions for people with accessibility needs. The first… Continue Reading »

New Guidelines to Ensure Accessibility and Inclusivity in Global Tourism

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is calling on destinations to recognize the needs of travelers with disabilities or specific access requirements as they open up to visitors again. In partnership with the ONCE Foundation of Spain and the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT), the United Nations specialized agency has released new guidelines to ensure accessibility and inclusivity as… Continue Reading »

Legislation Introduced to support Canadian Workers, Businesses and Persons with Disabilities

CANADA: The Finance Minister Bill Morneau introduced in Parliament Bill C-20, An Act respecting further COVID-19 measures. Upon receiving Royal Assent, this legislation would make the CEWS more targeted, expand eligibility, and help more workers get back to their jobs as the economy continues to reopen. The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive… Continue Reading »

Greece to Ensure Accessibility in Tourism for Persons with Disabilities

GREECE: Tourism Minister Haris Theoharis on Wednesday told parliament that the ministry had made accessibility for people with disabilities in tourism a priority issue. As he said, for the first time the tourism ministry will establish an accessible tourism committee, where the goal is to map out all any problems relating to accessibility issues in tourist… Continue Reading »

Kerala Aims to Make Tourist Destinations Accessible for All

INDIA: Tourism Minister of Kerala, Kadakampally Surendran recently announced that all the tourist destinations in their  state will be made differently-abled friendly by 2021.  Around 120 tourist spots have been identified by the government across the state in the first phase. Out of these, 98 spots have already been made completely differently-abled friendly whereas works… Continue Reading »

Barbados Likely To Implement National Accessibility Standard for Tourist Accommodations

BARBADOS: Hotels, guest houses and villas may soon be required to ensure their properties are fully accessible for people with disabilities, Minister of Tourism Kerrie Symmonds hinted on Wednesday. He said changes could be coming to the “tremendous amount” of concessions being granted to the tourism industry. He made the suggestion while addressing the opening of… Continue Reading »

New Partnership Launched to Make Qatar Accessible to All

QATAR: Qatar’s leading telecommunications operator today announced a partnership with Wheel The World aimed at opening up the many tourist attractions in Qatar to all. Wheel The World promotes tourism for those with disabilities, raising awareness of the challenges they face when choosing travel options and working to make experiences possible. The collaboration has many high-profile… Continue Reading »

Pitch for Canberra to Host Asia Pacific’s Accessible Tourism Conference and Expo

AUSTRALIA: With the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability commencing public hearings this week, the general public will be forced to confront how we have often failed to create a safe, inclusive and supportive community for people with disabilities. It is vitally important to shine a light on where the system is… Continue Reading »

Athens Acropolis to Get Lift for Enhanced Accessibility

GREECE: One of the world’s most visited archaeological sites, the Acropolis in Athens, will soon offer improved disabled access thanks to the installation of a new lift, the Greek culture ministry has said. The country’s central archaeological council (KAS) approved a new elevator to provide improved access to disabled visitors as well as the upgrade of existing lighting for… Continue Reading »