Accessible tourism is the ongoing endeavour to ensure tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people.
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, UNWTO, approximately a billion people on earth have some kind of disability today. That is equivalent to 15 percent of the total population. The number is growing fast because we are living longer and because we are travelling more than we used to in older age.
To attract a wider range of clientele, it benefits your business if it is accessible to all sorts of disabilities.
By Marcial Sommer and Joanne Straub
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Keywords: Accessible tourism, hospitality, tourism for all, disabilities, aging people, Europe