Monday, 11 March 2013

Barrier Free Travel, Tunisian Sunshine and OpenBritain

It's been a busy couple of weeks for accessible tourism, which is set to continue!

On 26th Feb I attended a workshop at the German National Tourist Office in London establish the requirements for promoting accessibility travel from the UK to Germany - a concept called Barrier Free Travel. We discussed methods of assisted travel, different levels of accommodation, inspiring activities for all ages and for a wide variety of needs; in short, how visitors to Germany could experience the fullest, most enjoyable and barrier-free holidays as possible. It was a fantastic day and really exciting to be involved right from the start of the campaign.

GNTO Barrier Free Travel Workshop

This weekend Darren and I booked our own holiday, to Tunisia in September. We'll be travelling with a mainstream tour operator, and staying in a hotel with adapted rooms. I'll update this blog with a post about our experiences once we've been.

The thing I'm most excited about at the moment is the relaunch of the OpenBritain website. is being relaunched on 19 March, at a reception event in the House of Lords. This revolutionary information service aims to help make Britain the most accessible destination in Europe, building on the remarkable impact made by last year’s Paralympic Games. In my role as Information Officer for Tourism for All UK I receive so many enquiries that this new site will help with - from a traveller who uses a wheelchair and requires accommodation with a wet room shower or maybe a hoist, or even an older person who has lost some mobility and can only manage a few steps. I myself struggled to find an accessible place to eat on a day out in Lancaster recently - once the OpenBritain app is released later in the year this information will be at my fingertips.

I hope that this new site will inspire people with access requirements to travel more, make some memories and have some fun!

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