It is estimated that one in eight people worldwide live with special needs. Handicapped travellers are one of the most intensely growing tourism markets today. In North America alone, people with special needs are known to spend more than $13 billion each year on travelling. People with special needs constantly find it troublesome to find accessible travel destinations that will meet their special needs and make their travel experience comfortable.
We looked out for the most accessible places people with special needs could consider. Here is the top three:
1. Fairmont Pacific Rim (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Vancouver is known as one of the most livable cities in the world. Not surprisingly, it is also one of the most progressive cities in the world when it comes to accessibility. Its transportation systems, housing, recreational facilities are all customized so that people of all ages with visual, hearing or mobility impairments can enjoy business or leisure visits.
The Fairmont Pacific Rim right across from the Vancouver Convention Centre has 10 accessible rooms with grab bars, lowered sinks and wider doorways. Not only is it luxurious, but also the service is also particularly warm and friendly for people with special needs. The bellmen are at service to offer to move additional furniture out for easier access to hotel rooms. Also the rooms offer high tech touch pads to control the lights, blinds and temperature. Even on the lobby floor, there is an accessible restroom with a motion-detection opener. The other facilities including the Willow Stream Spa are also accessible.
Address: 1038 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6C0B9
Phone: 1-(877) 900-5350
The Royal Caribbean became the first cruise line to be certified as “autism friendly” in 2014. Families with special needs are now provided with the option to sail the seas too with Royal Caribbean, which provides sensory-related toys, autism-friendly movies and modified kids programs for those with special needs. The cruise line also pledges to offer more meal options, including gluten-free and intolerant options. The crew is required to be certified and trained in autism awareness and some staff have hands-on training with special needs. Known as the second-largest cruise operator in the world, the Royal Caribbean ships have glass elevators with accessibility options. Multi-destination trips are available, spanning 14 to 18 days in length. Departing ports are located in the United States and Canada.
Phone: (800) 762-0585
Disneyland is striving to cater to visitors with special needs and to ensure that they get the most out of their visits when they are at the amusement park. At Disneyland Paris, you can receive a Priority Card that allows you to access some attractions through special entrances for visitors with reduced mobility. You can also request an accessible minibus, which serves as a shuttle bus between Disney Parks and Disney Hotels. All toilets have accessible areas for visitors with reduced mobility, all Disneyland Paris shops are also wheelchair accessible. Cast Members are also available to help if there are any items that cannot be reached. Even some fitting rooms in the shops are also accessible. Moreover, all Disneyland Paris table-service restaurants are wheelchair accessible. For families who need to keep medication cold, the medical products could be stored at First Aid posts all over the Disney Parks.
Address: 77777 Marne-la-Vallee, France
Phone: (08448) 008-898
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