On 01-02 October 2018, Brussels-based non-profit organisation, CAWAB, hosted the 2nd World Summit on Accessible Tourism. Non-profit organisations, public entities and companies met and shared best practices from all around the world in the theme of accessible tourism.
Accessibility affects people with disabilities and their families, but also elderly people (a constantly growing portion of our societies), families with young children, pregnant women, parents with pushchairs, people with a plaster cast, and any other person with specific needs.
If we compare tourism to a chain, it is made of several links including arrival, accommodation, restaurants, shopping, transport, and tourist attractions.
Blue Flag International was present and gave a presentation at the panel “Territory labelling program”. A short overview of the Blue Flag programme on a global scale, the Foundation for Environmental Education behind the programme and the next steps towards working on a broader view and requirements on accessibility within the certifications for the future.
With more than 400 participants, from 40 countries, Destinations for All summit provided knowledge, best practices and potential partners for the future.
Our partner, AccessRec, was present as well and showcased their beach accessibility tools: accessibility mats and amphibian wheelchair.