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Native Hotels and Accessible Tourism - Stand Number: 7088

Native Hotels and Accessible Tourism is an NGO paying particular attention to ensuring communication thanks to a revolutionary website accessible for all users which provides the hotels of its network with new accessible devices and solutions. These include signage packs and door signs in Braille, designed with Puntodis, to help the visually impaired navigate through the hotel, its rooms and bathrooms. Deaf guests have access to vibrating watches with alerts and messages in case of fire, knocks at the door and other situations.

In the south of Morocco, Native Hotels have promoted a wheelchair to ride a camel in the desert for guests of the Kasbah Dar Daïf. Hotels can also use avatars with welcome and informative messages in international sign language, magnetic key information in QR code for blind and impaired vision users, the amazing Chef's Voice service which offers the menu to impaired vision clients at the restaurant, including a filter of intolerances, and much more.

NATIVE has recently launched its new online platform offering a very high level of accessibility and 6 languages. www.nativehotels.org can be surfed simply by blowing on the microphone (each blow is a click of the mouse), making a sound or by touching any key, this is particularly helpful for people with Parkinson´s disease. NATIVE is a promoter, tester and partner of the InSUIT technology for web accessibility, which will soon include the first accessible online booking engine equipped with a dual system of accessibility, AvailRoom.

About 400 million people cannot find information on a website because 99% of them are not accessible for blind or impaired vision users, colour blindness, arthritis, quadriplegia and other limitations.

NATIVE is an active member of the European Network for Accessible Tourism ENAT and an ambassador of ENAT for the GSSD 14 Global Summit of United Nations in Washington.

NATIVE is a Finalist for the World Travel and Tourism Council “Tourism For Tomorrow Awards 2017”, to be held in Bangkok, April 26 2017.

The NGO is currently looking for a global partner to expand its systems worldwide.

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