Friday, 31 May 2013

Award winning access & Barrier Free update

My recent activites include working on exceptional accessibility projects focused in the UK and Europe.
 
Last week I attended a preview of the German National Tourist Office's forthcoming campaign (to be launched later this year), promoting ‘barrier free' travel in Germany.  The term ‘barrier free', is widely known in Germany and includes any form of restricted mobility, be it for families, elderly people, restricted sight or hearing problems, for example. The barrier-free campaign was outlined during a presentation and follow-up discussion and received a warm welcome from Deutsche Bahn, Lufthansa and DFDS, plus specialist UK travel organisations and advisory sites. Some of the main topics discussed included practicalities such as travelling on public transport in Germany, through to which regions offer the most choice to anyone with restricted mobility.
 
GNTO Barrier Free Travel Preview
 
I've also been working on a brand new brochure launched recently by VisitEngland, featuring 27 Access for All Tourism Award winners and finalists from the last five years.  A key category in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, The Access For All Tourism Award, recognises businesses that provide exceptional access for all visitors.  Produced with help from myself, this first edition aims to help people with access needs make the most of accessible England, featuring the very best accommodation, attractions and experiences across the country from Exeter to Newcastle. The brochure can be downloaded here.

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