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Award-winning Designer Seeks Hotel to Implement Accessible Rooms

January 21, 2017

Plan view of 16 square metre UD hotel room by JeanYves ProdelLamorlaye, France— Jean-Yves PRODEL, a Universal Designer seeks a company to implement his designs for accessible hotel rooms.I am looking for a hotel group that would innovate by introducing my concept of small hotel rooms accessible to all even

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New Accessible Holiday Villa in Portugal

January 3, 2017

Photo—Casa do Lago patioAccessible luxury bedroom with en suite bathroom, both properly fitted to handle the needs of disabled people. ​Large, heated and panoramic swimming pool with pool hoist for wheelchair users accessibility, as well as persons with mobility disabilities. ​ Accessible barbecue with panoramic tables for outside "al fresco"

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Personal Assistance Service for Disabled Travellers in Madrid

December 31, 2016

Photo. Shopping assistance. Accessible MadridAccessible Madrid is a privately-owned business that has been managing and supporting disabled holiday tours and programmes in Madrid, Spain since 2013.We create barrier-free holidays for people with physical disabilities or reduced mobility and their families. Accessible Madrid is an Accredited Tourism Business and a member

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Access Angels. Guardian Angels of Accessible Travellers in Rural Europe

December 15, 2016

Access Angels aims to train youth volunteers to act as assistants to visitors with access requirements in rural areas in Europe.Access Angels teams up Vocational and Educational Training (VET) with sustainable tourism principles to serve visitors who make up the accessible tourism market. The project will develop a package of

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Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

December 1, 2016

This accessible floating platform is a great place to watch wildlife. Photo by Joe Dube. In need of inspiration — I heard a little bird’s call to see new and interesting geography Homosassa Springs, Florida—Many years after sustaining my C4-5 spinal cord injury, my wife and I decided to take time away from work for a vacation to

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Portuguese Tourism Campaign Launched

November 23, 2016

"ALL FOR ALL - Portuguese Tourism" Campaign LaunchedThe "ALL FOR ALL - Portuguese Tourism", launched by Turismo de Portugal and addressed to all national tourism players, seeks to mobilize a concerted action to make Portugal a tourist destination increasingly accessible to all.It aims at the adaptation and improvement of the

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Accessible Madrid wins Tour Operator of the Year (Spain)

November 12, 2016

We are extremely pleased to announce that Accessible Madrid has been successful in winning the Award as "Accessible Tour Operator of the Year – Spain" at the European Awards 2017.This prize is sponsored by The Luxury Travel Guide. It recognises the dedication and passion of our staff to the promotion

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Discussion Platform on Accessible Tourism in the Asia Pacific Region

November 11, 2016

Toraja kids in traditional dress, Sulawesi. (Photo, Accessible Indonesia/Webshop.co.id)Increasing awareness about the rights of persons with disability and realization of the huge potential of disabled travelers as customers, helped to make accessible tourism relatively common in the ‘Western World’. It is now also emerging in Asian countries. While Asian people

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New EU Directive on Accessibility of Public Websites and Mobile Apps

November 10, 2016

On 26 October 2016 the European Parliament approved the directive on making the websites and mobile apps of public sector bodies more accessible. This means that people with disabilities – especially persons with vision or hearing impairments – will have better access to the websites and mobile applications of public services.The

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Adventures in Paris and Rome

October 3, 2016

By Nancy XiaIllustration by Mark WeberLast year, my parents and I smashed our piggy banks and took a two-week vacation to travel from Toronto, Canada, to Paris and Rome.While boarding the eight-hour flight, my mind was busy setting rules and expectations for this vacation: First, I shall become no more than

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Ian Mackay’s 300-Mile Sip-and-Puff Ride for Accessible Trails

October 3, 2016

Photo: Ian chats with cyclist Nancy Kohn on the Olympic Discovery Trail.After 11 days, 300 miles, three umbrellas and over 90 hours of driving full speed ahead in his power chair, Ian Mackay tilted back in a corner of Portland, Oregon’s Cascade Brewing with a wide, if exhausted, smile. Surrounded

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Tourism for All - promoting universal accessibility

September 27, 2016

World Tourism Day 2016"Tourism for All - promoting universal accessibility"Good Practices in the Accessible Tourism Supply ChainTo mark the celebration of the World Tourism Day 2016 under the theme "Tourism for All - promoting universal accessibility" UNWTO, the European Network for Accessible Tourism (ENAT) and the Spanish ONCE Foundation for the Social Inclusion of

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#MapMyDay: People Worldwide Are Invited To Map Accessibility in Tourism

September 26, 2016

Join "MapMyDay" – a global social event for more accessibility! We need your support! Because steps are a daily barrier for millions of people worldwide who are traveling – whether they use a wheelchair, a walking aid or a stroller. The event will kick off on World Tourism Day. Help

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Making Peer-to-Peer Lodging Like Airbnb and Homeaway Work for You

September 1, 2016

Since 2012, my husband Patrick and I have traveled to 21 countries together. I use an electric scooter for mobility and a ventilator for breathing, and Patrick, who is nondisabled, is flexible and supportive. We prefer adventuresome and authentic travel experiences, so we have stayed in people’s homes from Tahiti

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Valentino May be the Most Accessible Beach Ever

August 22, 2016

Opening this past June, the Valentino Beach Club has what may be the most wheelchair accessible beach ever.The Calabria, Italy, resort installed private raised platforms that all connect to a Seatrac system. The solar-powered Seatrac allows wheelchair users to take a dip in the ocean on a smooth seated track

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