According to a recent report conducted by the European Union in 2018 / https://www.truenumbers.it/turismo-accessibile/), the facilities accessible for people with disabilities are only 9% and Italy this data are even lower, considered insufficient, considering all the parameters of the accessible tourism sector. According to the Tourism Manifesto alliance, a group of more than 60 public and private travel and tourism organisations
and the voice of the sector in Europe, once the health situation allows it, it is crucial to restart tourism and leisure activities alongside re-establishing freedom of movement for EU citizens. Identified needs to make SMEs in tourism value chain able to contribute to re-boost the sector the consortium strongly believe that accessible tourism can be a smart option for several reasons:
– necessity to make tourism value chain aware of the needs of tourists with disabilities;
– need to make toruism value chain able to develop accessible opportunities;
– need to make tourism value chain able to meet new market segments at local, regional, national, EU and international level;
In accordance with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, recognising that autonomy is an evolving concept resulting from the interaction between persons with disabilities and attitudinal and environmental barriers that prevent their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others, this proposal aims to contribute to the full and effective participation of persons with disabilities in society by emphasising their personal autonomy in enjoying leisure opportunities in the natural environment. There is a strong need to make SMEs in nature/adventure tourism and outdoor activities able to design accessible products, services and processes.
The partner organizations actively work in tourism and/or promotion of the right of people with disabilities and they believe that the promotion of outdoor activities among people with disabilities is important for their empowerment, but for their inclusion in such activities, SMEs in nature adventure tourism and outdoor activities value chain must develop accessible products, services and processes. Identified needs regarding people with disabilities:
– necessity to boost personal autonomy also in leisure activities;
– need to find accessible tourism offers;
– need to fully enjoy of nature/adventure tourism and outdoor activities without barriers.
For SMEs in tourism value chain:
– need to contribute to re-boost EU tourism sector;
– need to guarantee accessibility in nature/adventure tourism and outdoor activities for PWDs;
– need to open tourism to other rmarket segments;
– need to contribute to inclusion of PWDs in nature/adventure tourism and outdoor activities.
For Partners: Need to update knowledge, competences and skils of staff that support SMEs and to improve services for SMEs. The proposal wil contribute to meet this needs creating a suitable environment to re-boost tourism sector, most of all nature/adventure tourism and outdoor activities, increasing awareness of the importance of an “accessible transformation” of the entire value chain to gain new market segments at local, regional, national, EU and international level.
The proposal wants to stress the importance of re-thinking according to accessibility the nature/ adventure tourism and outdoor activities, enhancing the awareness on inclusion as common value, promoting participation of PWDs to nature/ adventure tourism and outdoor activities.
This proposal aims at contributing to adapt the VET system to the labour market requirements, generating opportunities for growth and jobs linked to the needs of PWDs, fostering their rights to fully enjoy opportunities also in leisure. This proposal aims at contributing to the internationalization strategy of the VET providers creating a bridge between education and labour market and an EU network of organizations active in C-VET.
-CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ITALIENNE POUR LA FRANCE DE MARSEILLE – France
-PLATAFORMA REPRESENTATIV A ESTATAL DE DISCAPACITADOS FISICOS ASOCIACION – Spain
-Società cooperativa sociale Controvento ONLUS – Italy
-Associazione Sportiva Dilettantistica Trekkify – Italy
-ORGANISATION INTERNATIONALE DU TOURISME SOCIAL – Belgium
-I AND F EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT – Ireland
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