MONTRÉAL, April 25, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ - With its Blind Love campaign, Québec Original is right on target, showing that people with restricted physical ability can indeed travel, and love it. To ensure a smooth trip, however, it is best to check on accessibility at tourism facilities. Kéroul offers two tools to meet the specific needs of disabled people: The Accessible Road and "A Québec for all."
The Accessible Road is a magazine and interactive web platform listing more than 300 tourism facilities that are accessible to people with physical limitations in 18 Quebec regions. It also lists essential complementary services, like gas stations that offer service and businesses that provide orthopedic services. It is a kind of specialized travel guide that also contains suggestions for themed two-day and one-week routes, inspiring videos, a geolocation map and tips for fuss-free accessible holidays. To participate, tourism facilities must be accessible, offer some of their employees the Welcoming Ways training program on accommodating people with disabilities and sign a protocol with Kéroul. This year, 15 new establishments have opted to make these objectives their own, while 400 people from 15 different firms have received the Welcoming Ways training. For a copy of the magazine, contact Kéroul at 514 252-3104 or email@example.com.
"A Québec for all" is an even broader directory than The Accessible Road, as it also contains partially accessible facilities. In fact, it lists more than 1,700 establishments offering accommodation, food services, attractions, tourism and cultural activities, tourism information and camping! The directory was created with a view to better meeting the needs of disabled clients who do not necessarily require full accessibility to enjoy their stay. "A Québec for all" is being expanded, and new features will soon be available.
These two initiatives were designed by Kéroul, a Québec organization that strives to make tourism and culture accessible to disabled people. Since 1979, the organization has been evaluating and certifying tourism facilities, sending accurate information to clients, training front-line employees in welcoming people with disabilities, and consulting with tourism businesses that want to serve this clientele better. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) awarded the Ulysses Prize to The Accessible Road in 2011 for innovation.
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For further information: Contact person for questions, interview requests and story ideas: Julie-Anne Perrault, Communication Officer, Kéroul, 4545 avenue Pierre-De Coubertin, Montréal, Québec, (514) 252-3104, firstname.lastname@example.org