Tourism

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 »

Cyprus: Tourism Ministry Announces Improvements to Beach Access

CYPRUS: The deputy ministry of tourism has announced a scheme to improve the infrastructure and safety at beaches from 2019 until 2020, with a focus on people with disabilities. According to the ministry’s statement, beneficiaries of the project are municipalities and community councils. The money may be used to buy equipment such as recycling bins, or… Continue Reading »

UAE’s Initiatives for Persons with Disabilities Will Help Build Inclusive Society

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE): Around the UAE, efforts to integrate people with disabilities into public life are becoming increasingly visible. Parking lots include designated spots, public washrooms have special cubicles and ramps are increasingly commonplace outside public and residential buildings. There is a shift in mindset among employers too. Zia Mirza, who has a hearing disability, and Mohammad… Continue Reading »

Portugal First to Win Accessible Tourism Award

 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… Continue Reading »

Film Partnership Focuses on Accessible Tourism in Scotland

SCOTLAND: A Glasgow-based manufacturer of accessible vehicles has been working with a leading German broadcaster and a tour operator on an initiative that supports disabled tourism in Scotland. Allied Vehicles Group teamed up with TV company ZDF and Schottland fuer Alle (Scotland for All) to showcase how accessible Scotland is for people with disabilities. ZDF has filmed… Continue Reading »

Disability Organization Encourages Companies to Improve Accessible Travel Services

UNITED KINGDOM: A call to action has been issued to travel companies to support disabled clients and improve their service and sales through a public pledge. We Are Purple, a company set up to drive more companies to service the needs of disabled people, is urging travel businesses, including agents and operators, to sign up… Continue Reading »

Ministry of Tourism to Cooperate with Foundation and Increase Employment Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities

LUXEMBOURG: Luxembourg’s Ministry of Tourism hopes to expand its cooperation with the Kraizbierg foundation, which assists the physically and mentally disabled in the southern part of the Grand Duchy. More specially, the ministry wants to order its products from the foundation and consequently create more jobs for people with disabilities. Minister for Tourism Lex Delles… Continue Reading »

ASEAN Summit Focuses on Inclusive Tourism Development

BANGKOK: ASEAN’s tourism objectives filtered through during last week’s high powered ASEAN summit in Bangkok with a call for renewed commitment to pursue sustainable, inclusive and balanced tourism development. That was the key takeaway as far as tourism was concerned according to comments made by the ASEAN Tourism Association president, Mingkwan Metmowlee, in an interview… Continue Reading »

Dubai to Host First Summit on Accessible Tourism

Dubai will host the inaugural ‘Accessible Tourism International Summit’ on 5th-6th November at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The summit is held under the patronage of Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group. The… Continue Reading »

Barbados Tourism Minister Looking to Improve Island’s Accessibility for Tourists with Disabilities, Locals

Kerrie D. Symmonds, Barbados’ minister of tourism and international transport, told TravelPulse on Thursday that the island is looking into several initiatives to make disabled tourists more comfortable on vacations, while also improving the quality of life for its disabled locals. As part of Caribbean Week New York, which was organized by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO),… Continue Reading »