Accessible Tourism

During both the Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays, the flame is passed from one torch bearer to the next. The Paralympic Games feature differently-abled athletes who compete in sport competitions.

Accessible Tourism, Saturday 1 March 2014 in preparation for the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. As part of a programme of linked events highlighting the Paralympic Legacy in the UK, a Workshop on Accessible Tourism is to be held with the aim of showcasing good practice in accessible tourism in the UK and discussing how accessible tourism can be promoted and developed as part of the UK Paralympic. A number of key players in UK accessible tourism have been invited to the Workshop with the aim of bringing practitioners, policy-makers and accessible tourism specialists together for an informed and informal discussion.

Accessible Tourism is a fast-growing market across the UK and internationally. Now meeting the needs of disabled visitors and the opportunities for accessible tourism are the theme of a special workshop being held on the day of the Heritage Flame lighting ceremony.

Around 30 invited guests are expected to attend the event on March 1 at the Olympic Room at Aylesbury Vale District Council.

The Accessible Tourism Workshop is being organised by Buckinghamshire Disability Service (BuDS) in conjunction with Aylesbury Vale District Council and Buckinghamshire Business First.

Details of the event are still being put together, but BuDS Chair Andrew Clark said: “We want to talk about how we can build on the legacy of the Paralympics to improve tourism for disabled people, both here in Bucks and nationally.

“Some progress is being made on accessibility and inclusivity for disabled visitors, but there is still a long way to go, and this is an opportunity for us to discuss ways to really move forward.”

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