Global Recognition for Accessible Sydney Website
13/09/2010 | 0 comments
Minister for Tourism Jodi McKay and Minister for Disability Services Peter Primrose today announced that the NSW Government’s accessible tourism website sydneyforall.com has won the World Leisure Organisation Innovation prize at the World Leisure Congress in South Korea.
Ms McKay said sydneyforall.com provides information about accessible tourism experiences at some of Sydney’s major attractions in Circular Quay, The Rocks and Darling Harbour.
“The website - sydneyforall.com - is a world first, and the site helps people with disabilities get more from their visitor experience in Sydney,” Ms McKay said.
“Sydney is Australia’s global city, it’s one of the world’s favourite destinations and it’s important that we ensure everyone has access to all the great attractions that Sydney has to offer.”
Ms McKay said the accessible tourism market is believed to be worth around $4.8 billion to the Australian economy.
“It is estimated that around 1 in 5 Australians and more than 600 million people worldwide have accessibility requirements,” Ms McKay said. Minister for Disability Services, Peter Primrose congratulated the University of Technology Sydney and the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre on this important initiative.
“Bruce Cameron, Principal of Easy Access Australia, and himself a wheelchair user, also deserves special praise for this achievement. Bruce was responsible for physically assessing each tourism attraction included in the sydneyforall.com website. Bruce has been working closely with the NSW Government and with Associate Professor Simon Darcy from the University of Technology Sydney on the site’s development, which drew its inspiration from Simon Darcy’s 2008 research - Visitor Accessibility in Urban Centres".
“Simon’s research was funded by the Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre, and formed the basis for the development of the sydneyforall.com website. Winning this prize is a significant achievement in terms of international recognition and the website provides a great service to individual people with a disability who want to visit these great Sydney attractions. This is an important example of how the National Disability Strategy’s goal for social inclusion can translate into practical and meaningful opportunities for people with a disability to contribute and be involved in the community,” Mr Primrose said.
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