Wish I could go here there & everywhere!
In response to a Survey into barriers confronting tourists with disabilities, the Access for All Alliance suggests we follow Europe and establish a One-Stop Shop for Accessible Tourists in Europe (OSSATE).
In Australia, since February 2005, Decipher Technologies has been providing Australian small to medium tourism businesses with objective facts & figures and expert analysis from ‘focused professionals’,BUT they do not broach the needs of the disabled tourist. It seems that the parent body the Sustainable Tourism Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) does not have accessible tourism on its research agenda.
What would be the size of the disabled tourist market?
In Europe there are 127 million people with disabilities, a potential travel market of >89 million plus a multiplier effetc of friends and family members.The total potential market is 134 million, a percentage of which would want to travel to Australia. In Australia this market segment is >4 million.
The suggestion is for a variety of stakeholders to join in the creation, production and marketing of products and services of relevance to the disabled community. A co-ordinated website linked to a central database could:
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