Call to be more in­clu­sive

Stirling Observer - - STIRLINGSHIRE REMEMBERS - Kaiya Mar­jorib­anks

Tourism busi­nesses across Callander and The Trossachs are be­ing en­cour­aged to be­come more in­clu­sive, in­clud­ing to peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The Ac­ces­si­ble Callander and Trossachs Group hosted a work­shop last week in McLaren Com­mu­nity Leisure Cen­tre on the un­tapped In­clu­sive Tourism mar­ket worth £2.6bil­lion to the econ­omy.

The free event fea­tured in­clu­siv­ity con­sul­tants, Ac­cess for All UK and tourism in­dus­try ex­perts.

In the UK, one in five peo­ple is dis­abled but only eight per cent of th­ese are wheel­chair users while 70 per cent have ‘in­vis­i­ble’ dis­abil­i­ties. Peo­ple aged over 55 also spend 20 per cent more than the aver­age con­sumer. The ses­sion was open to all tourism busi­nesses across Callander and The Trossachs. From ac­com­mo­da­tion providers to re­tail and vis­i­tor at­trac­tions, big or small, the event pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to share in­dus­try ex­pe­ri­ences and best prac­tice.

David Moore, chair of the Ac­ces­si­ble Callander and Trossachs Group, added: “We want to make sure we can ex­tend the same warm wel­come to all our visi­tors and were keen to en­sure lo­cal busi­nesses felt able to do just that. Ac­ces­si­bil­ity is im­por­tant to the re­gion and this event was aimed at in­form­ing and in­spir­ing those work­ing within the tourism sec­tor to con­sider the small but sig­nif­i­cant steps they can take to ap­peal to those with ac­cess needs.”

LLTNPA chief ex­ec­u­tive Gor­don Wat­son said “With sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment planned for new vis­i­tor fa­cil­i­ties and in­fra­struc­ture in and around Callander, now is the right time to en­sure well con­sid­ered de­sign is wo­ven through plans to make the area as ac­ces­si­ble as pos­si­ble.”

VisitS­cot­land, Na­tional Park Au­thor­ity, and Stir­ling Coun­cil and Callander En­ter­prise sup­ported the event.

Tourism ac­ces­si­ble Pledge to make Callander and Trossachs more

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