If you’re thinking of travelling for the Christmas holidays, we’ve put together our top 6 accessible cities. The destinations highlighted below have innovated and adapted in order to meet the needs of people with disabilities, and are a must for anyone looking for an accessible holiday.
God Adgang (Good Access) is an Accessibility Label scheme that celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. The scheme includes seven labels aiming at people with different types of disabilities, from wheelchair users, to people with reduced mobility, visual impairments, hearing impairments, asthma or allergy, mental disabilities and reading difficulties. The aim of the Danish initiative is to provide users with clear information about the accessibility of the facilities they want to visit.
The city has made it a priority to adapt and improve its infrastructure for universal access. Accessibility for all is a key focus within Edinburgh’s community, and visitors of the city with disabilities can find a range of information and tools to help make their visit an unforgettable experience. There are plenty of local initiatives to assist hotels and venues welcoming guests with special needs, and some locations such as the Edinburgh Airport and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) are now, for example, designated autism-friendly.
Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, there have been efforts to make the city, and the whole of Japan, increasingly accessible. The Tokyo 2020 Accessible Guidelines will promote measures to make railways, roads and buildings accessible to everyone, emphasising the importance of planning a city that is friendly to all its residents and visitors.
Berlin has made universal accessibility a key focus that is now fully ingrained in the city’s policies. There is even an app called ‘accessBerlin’ which is an invaluable travel aid for any visitor with special needs. What’s more, Berlin’s accessible hotels have been certified under the Reisen für Alle ("Tourism for All"), the nationwide certification scheme for accessibility that provides visitors with detailed and certified information.
Melbourne has an initiative called ‘Good Access is Good Business’ which helps businesses meet the legal and community expectations that all residents and visitors, no matter their ability, should have equal access to goods, services, and facilities. The initiative encourages businesses to be accessible by making it clear that if they’re not, they could be missing out on a lot of potential customers, and it seems to be working! What’s more, the city’s 'Open Innovation Competition' yielded a range of creative solutions that use smart technologies to create an universally accessible city.
The city has taken measures to adapt and improve its infrastructure for universal accessibility. In fact, Madrid has worked with PREDIF (Spanish Representative Platform for the Physically Disabled), whose mission is to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, as well as with many different tourism organisations, to ensure the city’s tourism is accessible to everyone.
Travelling will be one of the main topics at Naidex 45, so make sure you attend the show to find your next accessible destination and start ticking off those destinations on your bucket list!