Title: Developing Destinations for all-Increasing the Economy and Participation in Tourism. Photo of building with a Chinese artichoke-style roof with sweeping upward curves, with a background of light green leaves and pink cherry blossoms.

Destinations for All

Title: Developing Destinations for all-Increasing the Economy and Participation in Tourism. Photo of building with a Chinese artichoke-style roof with sweeping upward curves, with a background of light green leaves and pink cherry blossoms.

The tourism industry successfully reached one billion international travelers in 2012. While this represents strong growth, there are still great challenges for the approximately 15 percent of travelers who have a disability and need accessible transportation. Without this, they lack the ability to enjoy the full range of tourist destinations.

mother and son enjoy a meal of Barilla Past sitting on a window seat

This lack of accommodation is one of the many reasons the Kéroul’s organization was founded in 1979 in Quebec, Canada. André Leclerc, who’s had cerebral palsy all his life and uses a wheelchair, became determined to help everyone arrive at their dream destination.

One of his major influences, Jacques Gilles Laberge, was general manager at the rehab centre where André stayed early on in life. Laberge firmly believed that traveling is educational for young people, and is one of the keys to furthering a person’s inclusion in society.

A Destination for All is a town and tourist region where individuals with a disability and their families can be accommodated for days at a time, without the hassle of worrying about how they’ll be able to get around and explore just like any other tourist. Beyond accessible hotels, restaurants and attractions, these destinations also have accessible businesses for everyday needs (grocery stores, malls, post offices, etc.), pedestrian routes and local transportation services.

The population of people with disabilities represents a growing market. Being accessible is a wise investment ...To read the full article, login or become a member --- it's free!

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