QTIC welcomes new Inclusive Tourism Guide
Message from Daniel Gschwind, CEO Queensland Tourism Industry Council:
Inclusive tourism is an important issue for our industry. Both government and industry have an opportunity and an interest to ensure that wherever possible, people with disability can actively participate in tourism with as much freedom and enjoyment as any other traveller.
Inclusive tourism is not just about abiding by legal requirements and ensuring there is some accommodation that enables people of all abilities to have a holiday. It is the aspiration of ensuring our destinations and experiences are available to everybody.
With demand for inclusive tourism growing, this inclusiveness can make the difference between winning and losing visitors, for both our tourism operators and our destinations.
Accessibility needs to be regarded as an integral part of the service sector and be integrated into all our visitor facilities, products and services, ideally from their very inception.
This guide features practical information about good industry practices and outlines legal and technical regulations regarding accessibility. It is our hope that, through this joint initiative, tourism operators will have new tools and resources to ensure their destinations, facilities and services deliver an exceptional experience for all of our visitors.
Tourism service providers work very hard to create positive experiences for all travellers, this guide will give them additional tools to focus on disability challenges in service and design.
The Queensland Tourism Industry Council is pleased to be a partner in this guide.