Second World Summit on Accessible Tourism

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Brussels on the 1st and 2nd of October 2018

 Accessible Tourism: People with Reduce Mobility Want to Travel Like Everyone Else.

People with reduced mobility make up 35% of the population and rarely travel alone. It is in the tourism sector’s interest to develop accessible destinations for a section of the population that expects only one thing: to be able to travel as easily as everyone else!

“A few years ago, I was invited to a wedding. With family and friends coming from far and wide, the couple decided to book an entire hotel to put up their guests. As I am a wheelchair user, the bride and groom chose an accessible hotel. The hotel hosted around a hundred guests in one night! If it hadn’t been accessible, a competitor would have taken everyone.” – Nino, Rome.

Accessibility affects people with disabilities and their families, but also elderly people (a constantly growing portion of our societies), families with young children, pregnant women, parents with pushchairs, people with a plaster cast, and any other person with specific needs.

If we compare tourism to a chain, it is made of several links including arrival, accommodation, restaurants, shopping, transport, and tourist attractions. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. If just one of these elements is not accessible, then the quality of the entire visit is affected for a person with reduced mobility. Ensuring a reception chain that is entirely accessible and publicised opens up access to a share of an ever-growing market.

It is by sharing and disseminating good practices on tourist destination accessibility that the Organising Committee of the 2nd World Summit on Accessible Tourism seeks to enable tourism development in a way that allows all visitors, whatever their needs, to really make the most of the tourist experience offered by their destinations. The Summit will be held in Brussels (The Egg) on the 1st and 2nd of October 2018.

Expo Destinations for All

Twinned with this summit, and open to all, the holiday and accessible leisure exhibition “Expo Destinations for all” will enable a large number of people to find out about tourism opportunities and services for all.

Exotic destinations, city trips, surprising attractions and innovations … around thirty exhibitors from all over the world will offer visitors the chance to put together the trip of their dreams while immersing themselves in the atmosphere of their next holiday.

 

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