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Access New Business
Access new business by offering access to all. Do you want to access new business? Interested in how to benefit from the growing market of the elderly, the less-able and the disabled? Access New Business works in the UK and Europe tourism and leisure sector advising individual businesses, trade associations, destinations and pan-national organisations on improving their accessibility. Access New Business is a group of experienced tourism and hospitality professionals who have a particular interest in helping the industry benefit from and ‘mainstream’ the growing market of the disabled traveller and the aging population.
Enjoy England. The Corporate Site of VisitEngland
VisitEngland is the strategic leadership body representing the public and private sector stakeholders of English Tourism. It works in partnership with VisitBritain, the Regional Development Agencies and local authorities, and the private sector, creating a national tourism strategy, optimising marketing investment, and developing the visitor experience across England. VisitEngland’s role is to be the custodian of the England tourism strategy and the authority for tourism in England. Our overall goal is to support England’s tourism industry in increasing propensity for domestic and international visitors to take breaks, holidays and day trips in England, resulting in increased consumer spending.
A nationally recognised symbol for disabled access information, developed by 3 leading charities for the disabled in partnership with the AA. Open Britain provides a guide book and web site for people with disabilities and special access requirements. If you run an accommodation establishment, tourist attraction, restaurant pub or café you can be a part of the Open Britain Guide and openbritain.net.
One Step Ahead
One Step Ahead is the "entry level" mobility standard of the National Accessible Scheme (M1) which applies to serviced accommodation. The standard, called ‘One step ahead’, will help you increase the appeal of your business.
Manchester City Council - Disability Action Plan 2005/6
The action plan covers 5 key areas:
1. Improve physical access to all buildings being used by the City Council for use of employees and public.
2. Improve the procedures and practices by which services are accessed by disabled people.
3. Implement community consultation plans with disabled people on service delivery.
4. Raise staff awareness; provide training and monitor and implement good practice.
5. Improve the accessibility of the city's transport network for all users in partnership with GMPTA/E and Transport Operators.
Manchester City Council Leisure Disability Action Plan
The Disability Action Plan itemises the ways in which Manchester Leisure will try to make its services more accessible to disabled people, both from a service delivery and employment point of view.
Manchester City Council
Manchester City Council aims to ensure Manchester becomes recognised as a city providing excellent access for disabled people.
Heart of England
Heart of England links associated with Access Issues and Disability Groups
Wales Tourist Board
Wales Tourist Board on-line
National Accessible Scheme, Scotland
VisitScotland operates a national accessible scheme that identifies, acknowledges and promotes those accommodation establishments and attractions that meet the needs of visitors with disabilities. The access inspection, which also covers camping and caravan parks, is made during the annual Quality Assurance (QA) Scheme visit. Establishments are reassessed annually or biannually in the case of visitor attractions. The access category is subject to the same conditions as that of the establishment's Quality Assurance award. Inspection is free for establishments which are members of the Quality Assurance Scheme.
English Heritage Disability Access Policy
The English Heritage Disability Access Policy
National Accessible Scheme, England
Developed following extensive review with accommodation providers, guests and many organisational bodies representing people with disabilities, together with the other National Tourist Boards, the scheme provides a set of accessible standards against which establishments are assessed for their accessibility and awarded a rating. Standards for serviced, self-catering accommodation and holiday parks cover three types of impairment: mobility, hearing and visual.
Wales Centre for Accessible Tourism
Wales Centre for Accessible Tourism was officially launched on the 6th September 2004. Based at Swansea Institute of Higher Education, the role of WCAT is to provide a centralised resource for advice and support for the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act throughout Wales