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WTO approves measures to ensure "Accessible Tourism for All"

According to WHO, 100 million live with a disability. Measures focus on the physical environment, transportation and information

 
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Document aims physical environment, transportation, information and communications plus facilities open to public use to ensure equality between users
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Document aims physical environment, transportation, information and communications plus facilities open to public use to ensure equality between users

A series of new recommendations highlights the "Accessible Tourism for All" through increased access for persons with disabilities to the sector.

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) announced the approval of the document, which sets out measures to ensure a level playing field with the other users. Target areas are the physical environment, transportation, information and communications as well as facilities open to public use.

The World Health Organization, WHO, estimates that about 100 million the number of people living with physical, mental or sensory impairment, ie 15% of the global population.

The Deputy Director of UNWTO to Africa, Helder Tomas, said earnings for domestic tourism, in allusion to the sector investment in accessibility in the Portuguese-speaking nations.

"For some economic logic, to win you need to invest. Doing such an investment in the Portuguese-speaking countries, and even in Africa in general, would be an opportunity to reach niche markets. But it would also be an opportunity for tourists and travelers within the country, so they could enjoy the wonders and destinations that offer these countries, "he explained.

The approval of the document, whose initial version was conceived eight years ago, was made in the General Assembly of the agency. New content involve recommendations made in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2007.

UNWTO encourages actions that involve the collaboration of all stakeholders, taking into account independent access in the design of products, services and environments tour at the universal level.

The head of the UN agency, Talib Rifai, accessibility considered a central element of any policy of responsible and sustainable tourism. As you mentioned, plus an imperative of human rights is a business opportunity that considered exceptional.

At the end of this September, the UNWTO publishes the manual entitled "Accessible Tourism for All". The goal is to guide tourism stakeholders to improve accessibility in tourist destinations, facilities and services throughout the world.

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   Palavras-chave:   Accessible Tourism for All    Accessibility    Disability    Disabled    WHO    WTO    World Tourism Organization    Helder Tomas    Health   
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