Hi everyone, I am really looking forward to your ideas!
I thought I'd mention that we are also conducting a series of interviews and are looking for participants that are based in the Asia-Pacific region and are either working with a destination marketing organisation (local, regional, national...) or with an accommodation provider or a museum. Interviews are about 45 minutes long, through a video call and there's no need to prepare anything. All results will be de-identified. If you're interested you can send me a message: email@example.com
The ultimate goal of this project is to help us understand how we can (re)design our products and services better to help the travel & tourism industry connect with the accessible & inclusive tourism market.
To me accessible & inclusive travel means a lot of things but I would say it boils down to: everyone can enjoy their holiday without having to go through so many frustrations and difficulties that they would be discouraged to go again. It certainly isn't a perfect definition!
To me, the term "accessible travel" means a few things:
1. Equality in access and use of transportation (eg. airports, planes, trains, cars)2. Freedom of exploration and discovery in destinations for people of all abilities 3. A globally recognized right to mobility
That's a great way to put it! Would you say there is a difference with inclusive travel for you?
In the context of accessible travel, the term "inclusive travel" means to me a sense of social belonging. Just solving the physical barriers of travel for people with disabilities doesn't make it "inclusive". I can imagine there's a whole host of things for tourism operators and the hospitality industry to solve here to make people with disabilities feel more welcome and included.
For sure! I specialize in making sure that everyone can do everything no matter what and I think this right here sums it up very well. There are often times when people do not have an showing condition that prevents them from walking a popular landmark but they don't do it because they know they will pay for it at the end of the day. A scooter, takes that away and they are allowed to scoot around for longer distances and only walk when they want to get up and see things. Vacation is not for soaking your sore, tired, legs, feet and back. No shame in preventing the hurt and keeping up with the group!
SOOO glad someone started this conversation! We just wrote a blog about what places should have to qualify them as "accessible". We did this so our app members that are not wheelchair users can feel empowered to look for these items and add the mention in the app!! gowhee.com/what-every-wheelchair-friendly-vacation-spots-should-have/