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Articles tagged “accessible travel”

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IDEAS: United Introduces Braille to Improve Aircraft Cabin Accessibility

United has introduced Braille markings on its aircraft interiors - becoming the first U.S. airline to do so - giving travelers with visual impairments the opportunity to navigate aircraft cabins independently. The carrier states that it has already equipped around 12 aircraft with Braille labels, which are in place to indicate individual rows, seat numbers…

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IDEAS: Dublin Airport Introduces Advice Guide for Senior Travelers

Dublin Airport has released a new advice guide to support senior travelers when preparing to visit the airport during the busy summer months.  Dublin Airport operator DAA, in partnership with Age Action, has created the free guide with the aim of alleviating travel anxieties for older passengers as they navigate through the airport. The guide…

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IDEAS: Greece is Transforming Beaches to be Wheelchair-Accessible

A new initiative in Greece is enabling wheelchair users access to hundreds of beaches thanks to an innovative remote controlled accessibility system, as per The Greek Reporter. Credit: Seatrac Designed by Greek company Tobea, Seatrec is a complimentary service aimed at providing sea access to individuals with disabilities and limited mobility, allowing them to 'swim…

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IDEAS: Delta Flight Products Unveils New Concept Seat for Wheelchair Users

Delta Flight Products (DFP) has partnered with UK-based consortium Air4All on a new prototype seat they say will provide powered wheelchair users with the opportunity to remain in their chairs throughout their entire travel journey. Credit: PriestmanGoode The patented prototype, which was debuted at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Germany, folds up to enable a…

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IDEAS: 360-Degree Airport Tour Launched to Aid Passengers With Additional Needs

Bournemouth Airport, located in the United Kingdom, has launched a 'pioneering' 360-degree video experience aimed at assisting passengers with additional needs when preparing to visit the airport. According to Regional & City Airports (RCA), the owner of the airport, the use of this technology for accessibility purposes is 'a first in the aviation industry'. The…

Hotels

Swiss Hotel Is a Model for Hiring Staff With Intellectual Disabilities

Two out of three staff members at Martigny Boutique-Hotel in Switzerland are people with intellectual disabilities. We could all learn a lesson or two from the hotel's inclusive workplace and how the property maintains boutique standards.

Swiss Hotel Is a Model for Hiring Staff With Intellectual Disabilities

Tourism

Tourism Unprepared to Accommodate Growing Segment of Older Travelers

The tourism industry still treats amenities catering to seniors as another customer preference, not as a necessity. A lot of tourism businesses likely won't get serious until they see and hear about their failures to serve this lucrative demographic shift.

Tourism Unprepared to Accommodate Growing Segment of Older Travelers

Short-Term Rentals

Vacasa Slashes Workforce and Other Top Stories This Week

In Skift's top stories this week, Vacasa makes another round of layoffs, Accor's CEO defends its major corporate overhaul, and more Americans plan to cut travel spending.

Vacasa Slashes Workforce and Other Top Stories This Week

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Expedia Group Announces First Cohort for Startup Accelerator Focused on Underserved Travelers

Expedia Group has announced the first group of tech companies taking part in its new Open World Accelerator program. The 12 startups were chosen from hundreds of applicants worldwide focused on building tech products meant to improve accessibility for underserved travelers. Each startup or small business must have been founded in the last 10 years…

Tourism

Disability Rights Activist Calls on Travel Industry to End ‘Disability Tax’

Travelers with disabilities face far greater challenges than the travel industry allows for, with disability rights activist Tanzila Khan calling for more communication, empathy, and fairness in pricing for this one billion-strong travel segment.

Disability Rights Activist Calls on Travel Industry to End ‘Disability Tax’