Charity CEO, Ted Hill MBE, responded to the latest findings about accessibility in the toursim industry by writing this letter to editors.
Tourist attractions need to ramp up their accessibility measures
I was astonished by recent research showing that nearly two thirds of our country’s top 100 visitor attractions are not fully accessible to wheelchair users. As the CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, a charity that supports and empowers those living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) in the UK, I would like to call on these venues to make themselves completely accessible for all.
Many of our members are consigned to a wheelchair or suffer from reduced mobility due to the effects of Polio and PPS and it is our duty as a charity to encourage initiatives to make this country more accessible. I believe the UK to be amongst the leaders in equal opportunities and diversity, but clearly the attractions involved in this survey do not get the message.
There are over 11 million people in the UK with a limiting long term illness, impairment or disability, the majority of these are of the type that affects mobility, that’s potentially a sixth of the population that can’t access all of the facilities at these venues. With many of our members falling into this category and no doubt many of your readers, it’s time for the tourism industry to ramp up its efforts to make itself more inclusive and accessible for all.
Ted Hill MBE – CEO, The British Polio Fellowship