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Bahamas aims to attract disabled travellers

Written on August 31, 2016 at 8:01 am, by

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has recently been urging countries to look at how they measure up in terms of accessible tourism, and to take the necessary steps to open up their hotels and attractions to people with disabilities. The Bahamas is the latest nation to take the initiative, recognising that the benefits  Continue Reading »

Royal Palace on Mallorca opens its doors to public

Written on August 24, 2016 at 8:57 am, by

There will be a new attraction for visitors to Mallorca from early 2017, when the gardens of the summer residence of the King and Queen of Spain open to the public. Marivent Palace was built in 1923 for the painter John Saridakis. When he died, the house was donated to the local authorities on condition  Continue Reading »

UK airports can improve access for disabled passengers, according to CAA report

Written on August 17, 2016 at 7:43 am, by

While the major UK airports may be gradually improving in terms of the facilities they offer to passengers with disabilities, there’s still a long way to go according to a recent report by the CAA. The report grades each of the UK airports according to how well they provide support and access to passengers with  Continue Reading »

Barcelona – Europe’s most accessible city?

Written on August 10, 2016 at 9:07 am, by

Some cities have taken more care than others to provide good access for both residents and visitors with disabilities. Barcelona is often highlighted as one of the best of the bunch, and visitors to the city quickly notice that public transport, hotels and major attractions have largely been designed (or updated) with disabled visitors in  Continue Reading »

Diana’s birthplace becomes a hotel for travellers with disabilities

Written on August 3, 2016 at 7:46 am, by

The grand Park House on the Royal Sandringham estate has been converted to a hotel which caters for guests with disabilities, offering them and their carers a holiday in the English countryside. The house, originally built in 1863 by the Prince of Wales (later to become King Edward VII), was the residence of the Spencer  Continue Reading »

Why neglecting the disabled loos is bad for business

Written on July 27, 2016 at 8:12 am, by

We’ve all visited restaurants and seen the disabled loos used as store rooms for furniture, or blocked off by dining tables. It is one thing for a hospitality business to tick the box of providing a facility for its disabled customers, but it appears for many to be a step too far to make those  Continue Reading »

The magic of Costa Rica

Written on July 20, 2016 at 8:40 am, by

Costa Rica is rightly regarded as one the most accessible and fascinating destinations in Central America. Where else can you stare into the craters of dramatic volcanoes, experience the rainforest while whizzing above the canopy, and watch turtles as they hatch on one of the country’s many beautiful beaches? Add into the mix some grand  Continue Reading »

Venice gondola rides become accessible to wheelchairs

Written on July 13, 2016 at 8:19 am, by

Whether you’ve been to Venice or are merely familiar with its canals and bridges from films and TV series, you’ll no doubt be aware that it was hardly created with the wheelchair user in mind. The steps, high kerbs and steep bridges make getting around difficult, and that’s without taking into account the huge crowds.  Continue Reading »

Singapore looks to Sweden for accessibility lessons

Written on July 6, 2016 at 6:49 am, by

The economic argument for hoteliers to provide fully accessible rooms is growing in acceptance around the world. In an article in Singapore’s The Strait Times, the author urges the country to improve its record of catering to guests with disabilities, citing the global rise of accessible tourism. To illustrate what can and should be achieved  Continue Reading »

London’s newest attraction – for kids of all ages

Written on June 29, 2016 at 7:21 am, by

Ever since it was erected for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the 114-metre high ArcerlorMittal Orbit sculpture has been crying out to be converted into a slide. Finally the slide has been completed and visitors to the Orbit can now choose to descend in the lift or, for an extra £5, by hurtling down  Continue Reading »

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