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Encyclopedia > Accessible tourism

In 2003 this niche represented more than 50 million disabled persons in Europe, and more than 500 milions around the world.[1] World map showing the location of Europe. ...

Senior tourism and temporary accidents (broken leg, etc) also take part in this niche. All together they represent a huge market with new investment opportunities and new service requirements, usually not provided by the regular travel agencies. Usual problems found by the disabled tourist when booking a holiday:

  • Accessible airport transfer
  • Wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • Well adapted hotel rooms
  • Proffessional staff capable of informing and advising about accessibility issues
  • Reliable information about a especific atraction´s accessibility (churche, castle, exibition, etc)
  • Adapted WC´s in restaurants and public places
  • Accessible restaurants, bars, etc
  • Inaccessible streets (cars parking in the stepwalk, etc)
  • Lack of disability equipment rental (wheelchairs, bath chairs, toilet raisers, electric scooters)

Brief History

Europe and United States of America share the majority of the existing companies in this niche. However, around the world many companies start to appear as the result of a growing need, pushed also by the senior tourism - a tendency verified in all developed countries due to a growing life expectancy age. Countries like Portugal, Spain, UK, Germany, France and north European countries are prepared to receive tourists in wheelchairs, as well as providing disability equipment and wheelchair accessible transport.


  1. ^ Daniel Pérez (2003). turismo accesible.



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