July 2016 marked the launch of ‘visits4u’, an 18 month project that aimed to improve user experience and sustain inclusive design provision across its partners. The consortium comprised of seven partners from six countries: Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The pillar of the project has been to build capacity of the tourism sector across the partners’ regions through training activities that increased awareness and skills in developing inclusive tourism provision.
Following on from these activities, a series of online tools and resources has been developed, that are available for free via the project’s website:
- A short online course comprising of three modules, suitable for tourism professionals
- A forum section with a series of Access Guides, Case Studies and Testimonials from tourism businesses
Photo: Partners at the visits4u conference on 7th December 2017, Riga, Latvia. (CAE)
Furthermore, partners in Greece, Latvia and Spain designed itineraries that promote local history and modern culture, with up-to-date access information for routes and places to visit. The final itineraries also propose and show an example of creating tourism products with presentation of the information in 'Easy Read' and in Sign Language - including International Signs – as a core component of the packages. We hope that this proposal will encourage tourism boards and tour operators to implement the same approach in their promotional strategies.
At the end of this journey, we invite you to visit the website, Visits4u.eu and browse through its sections.
You can also tell us what you think by completing our short online survey here:
visits4u has been co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union.
Coordinator: Centre for Accessible Environments (CAE), UK.
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By Foteini Galanopolou, European Projects Manager / Research and Development, CAE.