Accessible Tourism for All: Disabilities Shouldn't Stop Anyone from Traveling

Accessible Tourism for All: Disabilities Shouldn't Stop Anyone from Traveling

Globally, it is estimated that there are over 1 billion persons with disabilities, as well as more than 2 billion people, such as spouses, children and caregivers of persons with disabilities, representing almost a third of the world’s population, are directly affected by disability. While this signifies a huge potential market for travel and tourism, it still remains vastly under-served due to inaccessible travel and tourism facilities and services, as well as discriminatory policies and practices.

Accessible tourism enables all people to participate in and enjoy tourism experiences. More people have access needs, whether or not related to a physical condition. For example, older and less mobile people have access needs, which can become a huge obstacle when traveling or touring. Thus, accessible tourism is the ongoing endeavor to ensure tourist destinations, products and services are accessible to all people, regardless of their physical limitations, disabilities or age. This includes publicly and privately owned tourist locations, facilities and services.

Accessible tourism involves a collaborative process among all stakeholders, Governments, international agencies, tour-operators and end-users, including persons with disabilities and their organizations. A successful tourism product requires effective partnerships and cooperation across many sectors at the national, regional and international levels. From idea to implementation, a single destination visit normally involves many factors, including accessing information, long-distance travel of various sorts, local transportation, accommodation, shopping, and dining. The impact of accessible tourism thus goes beyond the tourist beneficiaries to the wider society, engraining accessibility into the social and economic values of society.

Egypt stretches its hands out in welcome to disabled persons. Luckily, Egypt has experienced a real boom in new hotels, and most of the new facilities, have ramps and other resources for the disabled just as one might find in the western world. Even the older five star hotels mostly have fair disability facilities.

From the other hand, Egypt Joy Travel provides buses and other facilities designed to take care of disabled travelers. The disabled traveler will find unexpected accommodations in Egypt. Historically, the rich, but often fragile European royalty and others with great wealth came to Egypt for their health, and not a few of these travelers had some sort of disability. Therefore, one finds perhaps more facilities than one might expect.

Most disabilities shouldn't stop anyone from traveling. There are more options and resources out there than ever before.