In 2015 North American travelers with disabilities spent $17.3 billion on travel, significantly more than $13.6 billion in 2002. At the same time, complaints about airlines made by passengers with disabilities have doubled to more than 30,000 per year. Amadeus, a travel industry technology company, released a report on barriers to accessibility across stages of the passenger journey that may hold some answers as to why.
Today, the significance of tourism and its contribution to the social, political, cultural and economic dimensions of our lives is recognized. The team at Together We Rock! would like to acknowledge the efforts of many corporations and organizations to make their destinations, services and products a truly accessible and inclusive experience -You Rock!
Union Station is a transportation hub in Toronto, Ontario that services for inter-city and regional rail services. The Together We Rock! team is familiar with Union Station in both our professional and personal travel plans. Union Station was officially opened to the public in 1927 and as a National Historic site of Canada in 1975.
The Oeno Gallery and Huff Estates Winery are located in the heart of beautiful Prince Edward County in Ontario, Canada. The gallery represents and exhibits exceptional original contemporary artists. The grounds of the gallery feature a unique sculpture garden and is next door to the Huff Estates Winery. This state-of-the-art winery features a tasting bar, restaurant with an indoor seating area and an outdoor patio that overlooks the vineyard.
Airbnb has just made it easier to find affordable accommodations for people with disabilities who are traveling. The accommodation platform recently introduced new “filters” for finding travel lodgings with specific features. Step-free entries, roll-in showers and entryways that are wide enough for wheelchairs are some examples.
Beautiful sandy Victoria Beach in Cobourg, Ontario is now a beautiful, accessible beach, thanks to the installation of an accessibility mat that runs down the centre of the sand to the water line. The blue heavyweight polymer mat is held in place with sturdy pegs, to create a strip of stable ground for walkers, strollers, and wheelchairs.
Accessible Tourism is making travel and tourism destinations, products, and information suitable for everyone, taking into account mobility, vision, hearing and cognitive needs. According to the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), American adults with disabilities are spending an average of $13.6 billion a year on travel, making people with disabilities an important market consideration for the tourism industry.
The number of people around the globe living with disabilities is estimated at 1 billion. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) that’s about 15 per cent of the earth’s human population that is entitled to the same access to tourist sites, hotels, facilities and services as everyone else. Therefore, there needs to be a plan to create welcoming tourism destinations for everyone.
Travelling has the potential to expand your horizons and create exciting new adventures. For travelers who require an accessible destination and experience, careful planning is often the most crucial part of the trip. One intrepid adventurer and motivational speaker, Aron Anderson, knows a thing or two about accessible travel. Anderson is a wheelchair user and has not let his lack of mobility stop him from taking on some incredible adventures.
Accessible travel is becoming the travel industry’s biggest untapped opportunity with demand destined to grow due to the aging population. People with disabilities represent one in five of the population, and the majority of these individuals take an annual holiday. Research from accessibility organizations such as the Open Doors Organization estimate more than $17 billion is spent in the U.S. alone by adults with disabilities every year.
Museums + Heritage Advisor is a U.K. based platform that serves up the latest industry news and insight with features, incisive comment and in-depth project case studies, plus the sector’s most comprehensive directory. In 2015, Museums + Heritage Advisor featured six profiles of museums and heritage attractions that have made gains in their accessibility profile and thereby made themselves more inclusive.