Articles tagged “accessibility”

Skift Global Forum Preview: True Innovation in Hotel Accessibility Hasn’t Arrived Yet

Skift Global Forum Preview: True Innovation in Hotel Accessibility Hasn’t Arrived Yet

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

When it comes to serving travelers with disabilities, hospitality is taking small steps in the right direction, but disruption is scarce. Hotels could even take a cue from airports on this — and leverage a huge market that's there for the taking.

2 months ago

New App Aims to Improve Airport Wayfinding for Flyers With Visual Impairment

New App Aims to Improve Airport Wayfinding for Flyers With Visual Impairment

Kristen De Groot, Associated Press

Like many hotels, airports often treat accessibility as a legal mandate rather than going above and beyond to improve the traveler experience. This is a good step in the right direction.

2 months ago

Travelers With Disabilities May Find Advantages in Using Travel Advisor Specialists

Travelers With Disabilities May Find Advantages in Using Travel Advisor Specialists

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

The number of people with disabilities is increasing and travel advisors need to understand this demographic. If they don’t, not only will they lose business to specialist agencies, they may also risk prosecution.

5 months ago

Skift Forum Europe: Mobility Mojo Wants Hotels to Promote Their Existing Strengths

Skift Forum Europe: Mobility Mojo Wants Hotels to Promote Their Existing Strengths

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

Accessibility for travelers with disabilities may be a difficult topic of conversation for some hoteliers, but Mobility Mojo is ready to make that dialog a little easier for everyone.

5 months ago

Accessibility That Goes Beyond the Event

Accessibility That Goes Beyond the Event

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It's one thing to make your event as accessible as possible, but the rest of the travel industry needs to do more to adequately present suitable options for every traveler. In a welcome development, online booking is finally placing a new focus on accessibility.

1 year ago

Online Travel Players Boost Accessibility for Travelers With Disabilities

Online Travel Players Boost Accessibility for Travelers With Disabilities

Sean O'Neill, Skift

People who want to select a non-smoking room are shown options at most booking sites. The industry needs to be just as helpful for travelers with specific needs for mobility, hearing, or visual challenges. Thankfully several online booking sites are trying to help.

1 year ago

Meetings and Events Technology Alone Can’t Solve Accessibility Challenges

Meetings and Events Technology Alone Can’t Solve Accessibility Challenges

Sheryll Poe, Skift

People with disabilities are often overlooked by event spaces and meeting planners. A new wave of innovation and technology can help make meetings and events more accessible, but lasting change needs to start with a focus on increasing accessibility during the planning process.

2 years ago

AccorHotels Is Working on a Smart Room That’s Accessible and Personalized

AccorHotels Is Working on a Smart Room That’s Accessible and Personalized

Deanna Ting, Skift

That AccorHotels is using the Internet of Things and other innovative tech to create more personalized and accessible guest rooms is an idea we can definitely get behind. But we wonder what the company's plans might be to incorporate loyalty into the initiative. It would be crucial in adding value for Accorhotels, property owners, and guests.

2 years ago

Airbnb Buys Accessible Travel Business Accomable in Its Latest Move

Airbnb Buys Accessible Travel Business Accomable in Its Latest Move

Deanna Ting, Skift

We hope this acquisition results in real changes to the Airbnb platform to not only reduce discrimination against travelers with disabilities, but also to verify details about accessible listings and make them much clearer.

2 years ago

The Evolution of Accessible Travel: 5 Podcast Takeaways

The Evolution of Accessible Travel: 5 Podcast Takeaways

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Many hoteliers are unaware of just how many people with disabilities are out there spending money on travel. The companies that go above and beyond to make these travelers comfortable will gain their loyalty.

3 years ago

Uber and Lyft Could Solve Paratransit Issues, If Not for Their Own Access Problems

Uber and Lyft Could Solve Paratransit Issues, If Not for Their Own Access Problems

Bob Salsberg, Associated Press

The travel industry's sharing economy companies have had a free pass to discriminate against consumers for too long. It's time for all of them to play by the same rules -- or come up with better ones -- that their competitors already play by.

3 years ago

United Fined $2.75 Million for Mistreating Disabled Passengers

United Fined $2.75 Million for Mistreating Disabled Passengers

Alan Levin and Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

Expect more challenges as airlines' quest for more seats and more fees make planes more inhospitable for disabled flyers.

4 years ago