Accessible Tourism

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In preparation for the 2010 Winter Games and the abundance of travellers arriving in BC, 2010 Legacies Now created the Accessible Tourism program. The program aimed to establish BC as a premier travel destination for people with disabilities, older travellers and others with accessibility needs.

The Accessible Tourism program evaluated tourism businesses on how accessible they are for people with mobility, visual and hearing disabilities, and provided accessibility-rating icons to market the businesses to travellers worldwide. The program also recommended simple, inexpensive changes to improving accessibility and offers training to staff on providing more inclusive services. More than 3,600 tourism businesses, including hotels, restaurants, retail locations and attractions, and 27 recreation centres received accessibility ratings through the program.

The program was established in 2007 as a partnership of six organizations with funding from the Province of British Columbia. The founding partners included 2010 Legacies Now, Tourism BC, Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Richmond, Tourism Whistler and the BC Hotel Association. Visit accessible-tourism.com for more information.