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Disability News Updates: VisitEngland promotes accessible holidays

The tourist board VisitEngland has announced plans for a national campaign to promote accessible holidays for disabled people.

The campaign will promote five destinations across the country – Leicestershire, Brighton, Newcastle and Gateshead, Bath and Cheshire – and will work with the local tourism boards to develop a range of itineraries particularly suited to people with access needs.

The campaign will identify attractions and accommodation which is deemed to provide a “particularly excellent” level of service for disabled guests, including wheelchair users and those with visual and hearing impairments.

As a whole, the domestic tourism sector is worth close to £2 billion and VisitEngland’s Chief Executive, James Berresford, said the campaign will provide a “huge boost” to accessible tourism in England.

“These new itineraries will showcase the best this country has to offer to all visitors, regardless of disability,” he said.

“We want to harness this growing, high-value market to become internationally recognised as a leading destination for people with access needs.”

In September of this year, Adapted Vehicle Hire and Tourism for All found 86 percent of disabled people felt the UK travel industry does not provide enough information about disabled access and facilities.

However, several venues received praise for their ease of access and suitability for disabled visitors, including National Trust properties and the Eden Project in Cornwall.

In other news, the Epilepsy Society has launched a new campaign, petitioning the Government to extend the benefits of bus passes for disabled people to improve accessibility.

I-drive from Adapted Vehicle Hire is an information portal for people with disabilities, or for those that care for someone who is disabled.