World Tourism Day 2016: Tourism for all – promoting universal accessibility

On this year’s World Tourism Day, which is celebrated on 27 September each year, the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is calling for the right to explore the world we live in to be extended to all. Green Key has already endorsed this right in its new corporate social responsibility criteria. 

Promoting universal accessibility in tourism is about creating environments that allow everyone to enjoy the pleasure of travelling, no matter what their age or physical condition. At one point or another, everyone will have special needs during their travel, be it because of small children, advancing age or temporary or permanent disabilities.

Only if all of the world’s citizens have access to tourism can the industry be truly sustainable. For that reason, Green Key’s new corporate social responsibility criteria include guidelines on how to provide access for people with special needs. These do not only take guests into consideration but also the staff and other users of the establishment.

If you would like to learn more about the World Tourism Day, please visit UNWTO’s website