DisabledGo and OpenBritain Unite to Provide more Holiday Choices for Disabled People
18/12/2009 | 0 comments
The holiday and leisure choices for millions of disabled people, their families, carers and friends are to be transformed following the announcement on 17 December of an alliance between disability organisations Tourism for All UK and DisabledGo on major project OpenBritain.
OpenBritain is set to become the UK's premier information service on accessible tourism as the two leading brands for disability information, OpenBritain and DisabledGo, come together, with over 50,000 inspected venues being supplied by DisabledGo to the www.openbritain.net website.
DisabledGo, established in 2000, is the UK's premier provider of personally-surveyed access information and details over 70,000 venues on website www.disabledgo.com. Working directly with public and private sector partners UK wide, DisabledGo researches and inspects all kinds of venues. It is the website's wealth of information relating to tourism and leisure venues that will be primarily promoted on www.openbritain.net.
Tourism for All's Chief Executive Jenifer Littman MBE said:
“The new partnership with DisabledGo transforms OpenBritain's ability to provide high-quality, comprehensive information, while at the same time reinforcing the value of access guides commissioned by local authorities and available on one of disability's best kept secrets, www.disabledgo.com”
OpenBritain, launched by three Ministers in July 2009 has rapidly gained the support of disability groups and tourism organisations from both public and private sectors. OpenBritain's aims are to become a one stop shop for all those with access needs, providing a wide range of information and contact resources together with developing social networking and supporting communications between users and providers.
Founder and Chief Executive of DisabledGo Dr Gregory Burke said, 'We are absolutely delighted to be working with Tourism for All UK on OpenBritain. It is a fantastic initiative and so important for those wanting to travel, holiday and enjoy everything Britain has to offer.'
The first 'OpenBritain' Guide, published by Heritage House Group, OpenBritain's commercial partner based in Norwich, came out on 30th November, and the website www.OpenBritain.net recently went live. Forewords were contributed by Tessa Jowell MP, Minister for the Olympics, and Paralympic expert and former paralympian Chris Holmes MBE. A second guide, OpenLondon, is currently in production.
Kelvin Ladbrook of Heritage House Group said:
“We will work together to roll out further 'Open' guides across the UK along with other OpenBritain initiatives including the development of an online community forum.”
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Tourism for All UK is an ENAT Member