VisitScotland invited two European accessible tour operators to come back to Scotland to see for themselves what we are able to provide. There’s a progress in demand for accessible journey and the European delegates discovered for themselves about Scottish tourism merchandise on the familiarisation journey.
The journey lasted for 3 days after VisitScotland Expo final week and the delegates visited Royal Yacht Britannia, DoubleTree by Hilton Edinburgh Metropolis Centre, the Scotch Whisky Expertise and Seashore Wheelchairs in North Berwick on the east coast in addition to different west coast areas.
The tourism consultants have been joined by Paul Ralph of Euan’s Information, the disabled entry evaluate website, on the Botanics to debate their findings. Euan’s Information is a charity and is working with VisitScotland to create three accessible Scottish itineraries.
A survey by Euan’s Information discovered that 54 per cent of individuals with entry necessities keep away from going to new locations if they’ll’t discover details about accessibility. It’s subsequently very important that companies cater for this market by offering up entrance, important details about their venue’s accessibility.
Marina Di Duca, VisitScotland Inclusive Tourism Supervisor, stated: “It’s our intention to make tourism inclusive and accessible for all, so that each single individual can profit from all that Scotland has to supply. It additionally represents an enormous industrial alternative for the nation with accessible tourism spend valued at £1.three billion.
“I’m thrilled we have been capable of welcome Fenna and Christel so they might see Scotland’s accessible providing first-hand. The Accessible Market is rising yr on yr and it’s vital we do all we are able to to let the journey commerce and guests with entry necessities know they’ll have an incredible expertise in Scotland.”
Fenna DeSmet, of WeTravel2 in Belgium, stated: “I’m impressed by the truth that Scotland doesn’t appear that accessible from the primary sight, however you do rather a lot to make buildings, citadel and historic sights accessible, not just for wheelchair customers but in addition for individuals with listening to or visible incapacity or autism. We’re very eager to bundle Scotland for particular person travellers, so we are able to tailor the tour for his or her pursuits and necessities.”
Christel Stejlborg, of HandiTours in Denmark, stated: “I’m from Handi Excursions in Denmark that is my first time in Scotland and I’m very impressed we will likely be together with Scotland in our tour programme now that we seen a small a part of Scotland and hope I can see extra. Scotland is a very new vacation spot for us. I used to be given the impression that Scotland wasn’t accessible however that’s completely flawed, I’ve seen a few of the merchandise and I’m glad and I look ahead to working with VisitScotland on creating our programme.”
The familiarisation journey ended with a dialogue session on the Botanics