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VisitLanarkshire develops accessible guides

Europe, Tourism, September 4 2017

Wheelchair access onto beach

VisitLanarkshire is on target to provide accessibility guides for all the region’s attractions and accommodation providers by 2020. The area’s official tourism body which now offers accessibility information for 62% of all attractions, has set the 100% goal as part of the Lanarkshire’s Area Tourism Strategy. Accessibility guides or statements… Continue Reading »

Entrepreneurs lead the way in accessible travel

Americas, Tourism, July 16 2017

CNN Business Traveller meets two British entrepreneurs whose own disabilities have helped inspire business opportunities and reshape the travel experience. Watch the video below: Source: CNN

Iran to launch online database of accessible historical and cultural places

Middle East, Tourism, July 10 2017

Tehran Mosque

TEHRAN: An online database of historical and cultural places that have disability access will be launched in two weeks, according to the head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization. “The database will provide detailed information on accessibility of sites of attraction across Iran for people with physical disabilities,”… Continue Reading »

Tourism department to make its facilities accessible for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, May 22 2017

Wheelchair user at Tokyo Big Sight

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: With a declared policy to initiate barrier-free tourism in the state, the tourism department will make all its facilities, including parks and hotels and other properties in various destinations, persons with disabilities before taking on board the owners of private properties and other service providers. The immediate target is… Continue Reading »

Move to make city more accessible for tourists with disabilities

Africa, Tourism, April 20 2017

Move to make city more accessible for tourists with disabilities

SOUTH ARFICA: The Nelson Mandela Bay municipality is on a mission to make the city more accessible by improving accessibility to all tourism hotspots. Raising awareness about the struggle of persons with disabilities, the metro has trained tour guides to be sensitive to the needs of those with disabilities and… Continue Reading »

Future international standard on accessible tourism for all

Europe, Tourism, March 2 2017

From the initiative of the ONCE Foundation, the Spanish Association for Standardization (UNE) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the first working meeting for the development of an International Standard on Accessible Tourism for All was held in Madrid on 13-14 February. The Technical Committee TC 228, responsible for tourism… Continue Reading »

New guide opens tourism opportunities for persons with disabilities

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, February 14 2017

The Palaszczuk Government has launched a new guide to help grow Queensland’s accessible tourism market and break down barriers preventing persons with disabilities from enjoying a holiday. Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said the Inclusive Tourism guide had been developed to increase the sector’s knowledge about accessibility and legal obligations… Continue Reading »

Seminar on accessible tourism

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, November 15 2016

PHILIPPINES: Stakeholders in the tourism industry, transport sector, tour guides and other concerned sectors in the region will convene on Tuesday, November 15, in Zamboanga City for a seminar on “How to Handle Persons with Disabilities” in the tourism industry. Zamboanga City Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar said the activity is… Continue Reading »

Ajman Tourism launches visitor guide in Braille

Middle East, Misc., Tourism, October 18 2016

The Ajman Tourism Development Department, ATDD, has announced the launch of Ajman Visitors’ Guide in Braille, the tactile writing system used by people who are blind or have low vision. The move follows the directives of Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, and… Continue Reading »

Increased accessibility for tourists with disabilities pushed

Asia-Pacific, Tourism, October 17 2016

Ramp at Miyajima

PHILIPPINES: Advocates  said the government and the private sector need to invest more on accessibility for the country to become a preferred destination for persons with disabilities. Swiss national and Circle of Friends Foundation Inc. (Coffi) founder Margaretha Gloor said companies lack the awareness needed for them to look at… Continue Reading »


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