Accessibility Is A Prerequisite For Any Kind of Tourism
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Interview (in Greek) with Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director of ENAT, published in itn Greek Tourism magazine, 13.1.2022. English original text attached.
Interview (in Greek) with Ivor Ambrose, Managing Director of ENAT, published in itn Greek Tourism magazine, 13.1.2022.
English original text is attached.
Read the article in Greek at Greek Travel magazine, pages 24 to 27:
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Accessibility is a prerequisite for any type of tourism (extract)
Yiannis Apostolopoulou: Mr Ambrose it’s really nice to have you here in “itn Ellinikos Tourismos (Greek Tourism)”. On the occasion of World Tourism Day, UNTWO highlighted the necessity of accessible tourism and socially inclusive tourism. Let’s talk first about how important these issues are to you, since you are the managing director of an organisation with a great deal of experience in this field.
Ambrose: Thankyou very much for inviting me to share some experience and ideas with your readers.
Firstly, I want to say that the term, “Accessible Tourism” is often misunderstood. In many countries and also in Greece, it is perceived as a specific kind of tourism that is only for people with disabilities. I would like to clarify that this is not a new or specific kind of tourism for a certain segment of visitors. Rather, it means making all tourism offers suitable for everyone. Good accessibility, in the widest sense, benefits everyone. It is essential for people with disabilities but also it contributes to the comfort and safety of many more people - old and young, with various abilities and health conditions. This why Accessible Tourism is also referred to as “Tourism for All” and in this sense it contributes to social inclusion.