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World class facilities for disabled travellers on Barbados holidays

  • 19-May-10 10:05
  • Barbados
  • Holiday Industry

The Barbados Council for the Disabled has been praised for their ongoing efforts to provide comfortable and hassle-free Barbados holidays for people with disabilities, thanks to their Fully Accessible Barbados (FAB) programme.

World class facilities for disabled travellers on Barbados holidays

Catering for the market of disabled travellers, the Barbados Council for the Disabled has stepped up to offer those with disabilities great Barbados holidays during which they are well looked after. During the recent 11th Annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development (STC-11) theBarbados Deputy Leader of the Senate, Kerry-Ann Ifill said that the Barbados Council for the Disabled has created a unique world-class product, especially crafted for the disabled to enjoy great and accessible Barbados holidays. According to Ifill the Council is "keeping the right balance" through its great and innovative programme - Fully Accessible Barbados (FAB).

Ifill added that FAB was a new wave in the Caribbean holidays world and that this Barbados programme was setting a fine example for other Caribbean holiday destinations to follow. "It's quite a small wave currently - more of a ripple in the distance - but it's set to become a veritable tsunami. Its pioneers are those who believe hotels, restaurants and places of interest should welcome all guests equally, regardless of any disability they might have."

While praising and congratulating the newly renovated Harrisons Cave for signing onto the programme, she expressed how many more Barbados hotels should follow suit and look into upgrading their accessibility facilities to comply with the programme and become a disability-friendly hotel catering to this sensitive segment of the Barbados holidays market. She also added that FAB was intended not only to help but also to award public and private sector initiatives that had made their facilities and services accessible for all. Ms. Ifill also highlighted that the programme was also designed to promote Barbados holidays as an ideal Caribbean destination with the country being an inclusive society, and it helped raise the awareness of the local business community to the benefits of receiving an access award. Furthermore, the programme also aims to raise the standard of service delivery by incorporating a "universal design".

In the Senator's own words - "ultimately, accessible tourism in Barbados and the Caribbean is an issue of equity, economics, and citizenship. Quite simply, if countries and service providers are not preparing for the inevitable ageing of the population and the increasing expectations of people with disabilities, they are not acting in a socially-sustainable manner".

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