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  Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Accessible tourism in Latin America

Latin America has adequate travel plans aimed at people with physical disabilities?
This is a question with a simple answer: Accessible tourism is not as commonplace as it should be, in order for the supply to be "inclusive" should have several tourist and recreational activities to people with permanent or temporary disabilities and now the offer is somewhat sparse.

The ultimate goal is to integrate and include, and it is essential to create spaces and services towards improving the quality of life of travelers regardless of their physical or mental condition.

Taking this slogan as a trigger we ask ... Where is the offer of accessible tourism in Latin America?

Here are some answers ...

Argentina: Puerto Madryn is a city that stands out in inclusive tourism

The large program implementation of "accessibility guidelines" and "family holidays" make Puerto Madryn, and the Province of Chubut in general, one of the pioneers in inclusive tourism places in Argentina.

Ministerial authorities stressed "the commitment of the province of Chubut and the town of Puerto Madryn and active participation in programs being conducted by Tourism Quality MINTUR" and added that "Argentines are working on continuous improvement of services tourism, which are optimized supply and attention to travelers"

In Argentina there are more than 1500 tourist providers to stand out in any of the above programs, and approximately 10% are in Chubut.

Given that tourism is an activity that should value the experiences of visitors, as they in turn recommend a destination according to the quality of their services, then, under this slogan, the adequacy of services towards ​​inclusion and accessibility is no minor issue and should be a priority for every city that seeks to be a renowned tourist destination.

Brazil: "Accessible Tourism Guide" on the Internet

The Brazilian Ministry of Tourism has an "Accessible Tourism Guide" online in which tourists can record and evaluate establishments depending on the level of accessibility for users with disabilities.
The website is accessible to users with visual, hearing, physical or intellectual disabilities, which makes this "accessible" from the root's project.

The guide will be built with contributions from users.

The aim is that the users provide data about their experiences and go increasing the information available, in this way they will create a map of the main establishments according to their degree of accessibility.

The tool is also a window for the sector, as the guide includes data on the existence of ramps in hotels, the possibility of finding letters in braille in restaurants or availability of bathroom facilities on the local data that ultimately you can define the choice of place to visit.

According to the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, in Brazil live about 50 million people with disabilities, and this program is included in a package of measures for social inclusion and access to tourism.

Chile: Guide of accessible tourist accommodations

The Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism of Chile launched a guide to 115 tourism accommodation accessible to people with disabilities, and that may be used by about 2 million people in Chile who have disabilities.

The main reason for this action is to promote and to advance more accessible tourism not only to consolidate adequate international tourism to these needs, but also to enhance nationally the importance of enjoying tourism and have adequate options for the millions of Chileans who have disabilities.

The guide provides information about parking, rooms, bathrooms, entrance and accessible common areas, and other data of interest.

This first guide of accessible tourist accommodations provide access for the disabled tourism, being a reference pattern so they can get spaces according to their needs.

The guide provides a list of services by region and contact details for all relevant queries. The practical thing is that identifies, using symbols, if this service provides the five basic elements that provide accessibility, or some of them. These are: parking, rooms, bathrooms, entrances and public areas accessibility.

Uruguay: Accessible tourism package for Colonia del Sacramento

Thanks to an agreement with the World Tourism Organization, the ONCE Foundation of Spain sent in late 2012 the architect Maria Medina Higuera, expert on issues of accessibility in tourism, to perform an audit of accessibility in a declared Historical Heritage Humanity site as Colonia del Sacramento.

The specific objective was to create a travel package within a period not exceeding two years.

The Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Uruguay has seen as a necessity to raise the current level of accessibility in their cities, in order to benefit both tourists and local residents, regardless of their abilities.

Among the proposals for immediate implementation to create a database of resources and services of accessible tourist highlights "will serve to create the first guide and also as a reference for the tourism stakeholders so that they can inform tourists".

Under the slogan "Uruguay for all" were invited to participate in the workshop "Accessibility of Tourism in Uruguay. Beyond ramps" held earlier this year.

With these perspectives accessibility plans have been developed in several other cities in Uruguay.

WORLDWIDE DISABILITY
The report of the WHO (World Health Organization) and World Bank (WB) said that "disability is part of the human condition as almost all people suffer some form of temporary or permanent disability at some point in their life either by injury, aging, etc. About 15% of the world population, ie, 1000 million people live with a disability and this is the world's largest minority. "

Sources:
Hosteltur LATAM


 
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