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Disability advocates call for enforceable standards in tourism

I came across this article from New Zealand where Disability advocates are calling for enforceable standards in tourism. While this may be true for New Zealand, I personally find the same challenge in the UK, and expect that most if not all countries have similar issues.

The articles mentions that only 75 of 3500 tourism operatores are actively working on accessibility. This is a ridiculously small number compared to the proportion of disabled people in society, which is between 15% and 25% depending on the country.

I am currently looking at travel with my family, and it is unclear at each step of the journey, if I will have the support needed. I need to ring operators and then take their word that it will be dealt with and ok when I travel. However, it is likely that I will have challenges and the support will not be as described. Traveling requires me to constantly work on the assumption that everything will be ok and have multiple back up plans for when the most likely things don't go to plan.

I am pleased to work for Intertek with our AccessCheck service offering, to help increase the hospitalities accessibility and signify to travellers that systems are in place to ensure they have an accessible experience. Find out more about AccessCheck — Intertek Cristal (

We are in such a special position because we are a small country with really well-intended people. We can make this place the most accessible in the world if we want to


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