|NFI-publication “Accessible Tourism for All”|
According to a report published in 2011 by the World Health Organisation and the World Bank, more than one billion people suffer from disabilities. In the EU the figure is close to 50 million. If we add temporarily impaired people – e. g. after accidents or surgery – or parents with pushchairs, we realise that practically every traveller will, at one time or another, have to overcome obstacles of some kind.
Added to this is the fact that the population in the EU is ageing. Naturefriends are no exception – and even if we are reluctant to acknowledge it – they may have accidents and fall ill.
Our wanderlust and our keen desire to see the world remain the same, but beingontheroad is getting ever more irksome. The number of travellers with health restrictions is on the increase. Ensuring accessibility also in the field of tourism is, therefore, a task of sociopolitical and economic significance.
The examples presented in this brochure demonstrate that there are different ways of rendering access to tourism and leisuretime activities as barrierfree as possible. How tourism can be rendered barrierfree without any major effort and at relatively low cost will be highlighted by a number of Naturefriends initiatives. They are all intended to serve as models, as inspiration and as incentive to Naturefriends activists and tourism experts. Copy cats are welcome!