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Travability - Making the World Accessible to AllIn 2007 I was asked to organise a tour for a group of elite disabled sailors to attend their inaugural world championships in Toronto Canada.
That regatta was a test event for the Skud 18 class as a precursor for the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008.
I was so frustrated with the lack of support from the general travel industry in regards to accessible travel arrangements that I decided to do something about it and bring those accessible destinations to light.
Travel experiences that we take for granted were not available for people with disabilities.
The information was hard to find and where it was available lacked the critical detail needed to make an informed travel decision.
I, in conjunction with Deborah Davis formed Travability to publish accessible holiday destination information with a mission to Make the World Accessible to All .
Today, Travability is a part of a worldwide group who s mission is to create equality in accessibility in the hospitality and travel industries.
We can help make your holiday dream a reality regardless of your ability.
What is inclusive Tourism All sorts of terms have been used to describe this growing market from Barrier Free Tourism in the United Kingdom, Accessible Tourism in Australia, Access Tourism in New Zealand.
All of those terms have their foundations based on the physical term of access More often than not those expressions also have a narrow interpretation as people think of them applying only to travelers with a mobility related disability.
More correctly what we are describing in talking about Inclusive Tourism is an environment where people of all abilities are felt welcome and wanted as customers and guests.
For the first time Inclusive Tourism is being regarded as an economic market driven by the retirement of the baby boomer sector.
Inclusive Tourism is already a major tourism sector with Australian research putting its value at 11 of the total industry market share.
US research by McKinsey Company predicts that by 2015, the baby boomer generation will command almost 60 percent of net U.S.
wealth and 40 percent of spending.
In many categories, like travel, boomers will represent over 50 percent of consumption.
The impact on the Inclusive Travel sector is significant as over 40 of them will be retiring with some form of disability, raising the total value of the Inclusive Tourism sector to over 25 of the market by 2020.
The key element missing from the tourism industry is the information provided on accessible facilities for people with a disability.
We all plan our holidays carefully to ensure our expectations are met and our dreams fulfilled.
In the case of a traveller with a disability that planning takes on an added dimension and is filled with frustration in trying to find that additional information.
If you have accessible facilities talk to us about how to attract this significant and growing sector of the tourism market.
Bill Forrester.
www.travability.travel Travability...
Making the World Accessible to All Travelling with BillFor regular readers of this column, you will know we have a passion to share our favourite destinations through our escorted group programs.
We believe so strongly in our groups that we recently purchased Victoria s premier group touring operation, Club Tours and Travel was established by Lyn Watkins in 1998 to provide a secure, personal orientated travel experience.
Each tour is of a high quality and of outstanding value, in addition they are specially designed to provide a more relaxing leisurely paced tour.
Lyn is still very involved in the business doing what she loves doing, escorting tours.
She is in Europe at the moment escorting our France s Finest, cruising the rivers of France.
I have just returned from our group tour on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest with a 3 day extension in Prague.
It was another great trip as we soaked up medieval history and stunning scenery.
A first for me on this trip was the Czech Republic town of Cesky Krumlov.
This picturesque, UNESCO World Heritage city is situated in the Southern Bohemian region of the Czech Republic.
The town is built within a horseshoe bend on the Vltava River overlooked by its imposing castle.
Cesky Krumlov dates back to the 13th Century and its importance as a major trade route to and from Bohemia.
Its architecture is mostly, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
In the 20 years following the fall of the Soviet Union, the town has been lovingly restored and now looks like something out of a fairy tail.
The climb up the castle is worth it just for the view back over the town from the castle balconies.
As with previous trips we wrote a blog during our trip.
The blog and photo galleries are available on www. />clubtours.com.au.
River cruising is a very relaxing way to see Europe.
Not only do you just unpack once, but the pace is such that you have time to soak in the atmosphere of this magic part of the world.
You are off the boat two or three times each day, have time to cycle along the edge of the river while the boat meets you at its next stop or simply relax with the superb all inclusive service on board.
River Cruising as a product is maturing, with cruises available now of the Rivers of Holland and Belgian, France, Spain, Eastern Europe, Russia and through to the Black Sea and Istanbul.
River Cruising Information AfternoonIf you are interested in River Cruising we are holding an information afternoon at the Dromana Bowls Club, Stawell Street, Dromana on Tuesday the 5th of July.
between 12 00 pm and 4 00 pm.
See the offerings from APT, Scenic Tours and Viking.
Please RSVP on 1300 722 683.
Bill Forrester.
Bill Forrester has visited over 31 countries and owns and operates 3 travel agencies.
Frankston 9781 3733, Dromana 5987 3444 and Dandenong 9792 0541.
Email bill clubtours.com.auWeb www.clubtours.com.auLicence 32615 Travelling with BillFor regular readers of this column, you will know we have a passion to share our favourite destinations through our escorted group programs.
We believe so strongly in our groups that we recently purchased Victoria s premier group touring operation, Club Tours and Travel was established by Lyn Watkins in 1998 to provide a secure, personal orientated travel experience.
Each tour is of a high quality and of outstanding value, in addition they are specially designed to provide a more relaxing leisurely paced tour.
Lyn is still very involved in the business doing what she loves doing, escorting tours.
She is in Europe at the moment escorting our France s Finest, cruising the rivers of France.
I have just returned from our group tour on the Rhine, Main and Danube rivers from Amsterdam to Budapest with a 3 day extension in Prague.
It was another great trip as we soaked up medieval history and stunning scenery.
A first for me on this trip was the Czech Republic town of Cesky Krumlov.
This picturesque, UNESCO World Heritage city is situated in the Southern Bohemian region of the Czech Republic.
The town is built within a horseshoe bend on the Vltava River overlooked by its imposing castle.
Cesky Krumlov dates back to the 13th Century and its importance as a major trade route to and from Bohemia.
Its architecture is mostly, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.
In the 20 years following the fall of the Soviet Union, the town has been lovingly restored and now looks like something out of a fairy tail.
The climb up the castle is worth it just for the view back over the town from the castle balconies.
As with previous trips we wrote a blog during our trip.
The blog and photo galleries are available on www. />clubtours.com.au.
River cruising is a very relaxing way to see Europe.
Not only do you just unpack once, but the pace is such that you have time to soak in the atmosphere of this magic part of the world.
You are off the boat two or three times each day, have time to cycle along the edge of the river while the boat meets you at its next stop or simply relax with the superb all inclusive service on board.
River Cruising as a product is maturing, with cruises available now of the Rivers of Holland and Belgian, France, Spain, Eastern Europe, Russia and through to the Black Sea and Istanbul.
River Cruising Information AfternoonIf you are interested in River Cruising we are holding an information afternoon at the Dromana Bowls Club, Stawell Street, Dromana on Tuesday the 5th of July.
between 12 00 pm and 4 00 pm.
See the offerings from APT, Scenic Tours and Viking.
Please RSVP on 1300 722 683.
Bill Forrester.
Bill Forrester has visited over 31 countries and owns and operates 3 travel agencies.
Frankston 9781 3733, Dromana 5987 3444 and Dandenong 9792 0541.
Email bill clubtours.com.auWeb www.clubtours.com.auLicence 32615 Travability - Making the World Accessible to AllIn 2007 I was asked to organise a tour for a group of elite disabled sailors to attend their inaugural world championships in Toronto Canada.
That regatta was a test event for the Skud 18 class as a precursor for the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008.
I was so frustrated with the lack of support from the general travel industry in regards to accessible travel arrangements that I decided to do something about it and bring those accessible destinations to light.
Travel experiences that we take for granted were not available for people with disabilities.
The information was hard to find and where it was available lacked the critical detail needed to make an informed travel decision.
I, in conjunction with Deborah Davis formed Travability to publish accessible holiday destination information with a mission to Make the World Accessible to All .
Today, Travability is a part of a worldwide group who s mission is to create equality in accessibility in the hospitality and travel industries.
We can help make your holiday dream a reality regardless of your ability.
What is inclusive Tourism All sorts of terms have been used to describe this growing market from Barrier Free Tourism in the United Kingdom, Accessible Tourism in Australia, Access Tourism in New Zealand.
All of those terms have their foundations based on the physical term of access More often than not those expressions also have a narrow interpretation as people think of them applying only to travelers with a mobility related disability.
More correctly what we are describing in talking about Inclusive Tourism is an environment where people of all abilities are felt welcome and wanted as customers and guests.
For the first time Inclusive Tourism is being regarded as an economic market driven by the retirement of the baby boomer sector.
Inclusive Tourism is already a major tourism sector with Australian research putting its value at 11 of the total industry market share.
US research by McKinsey Company predicts that by 2015, the baby boomer generation will command almost 60 percent of net U.S.
wealth and 40 percent of spending.
In many categories, like travel, boomers will represent over 50 percent of consumption.
The impact on the Inclusive Travel sector is significant as over 40 of them will be retiring with some form of disability, raising the total value of the Inclusive Tourism sector to over 25 of the market by 2020.
The key element missing from the tourism industry is the information provided on accessible facilities for people with a disability.
We all plan our holidays carefully to ensure our expectations are met and our dreams fulfilled.
In the case of a traveller with a disability that planning takes on an added dimension and is filled with frustration in trying to find that additional information.
If you have accessible facilities talk to us about how to attract this significant and growing sector of the tourism market.
Bill Forrester.
www.travability.travel In 2007 I was asked to organise a tour for a group of elite disabled sailors to attend their inaugural world championships in Toronto Canada.
That regatta was a test event for the Skud 18 class as a precursor for the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008.
I was so frustrated with the lack of support from the general travel industry in regards to accessible travel arrangements that I decided to do something about it and bring those accessible destinations to light.
Travel experiences that we take for granted were not available for people with disabilities.
The information was hard to find and where it was available lacked the critical detail needed to make an informed travel decision.
I, in conjunction with Deborah Davis formed Travability to publish accessible holiday destination information with a mission to Make the World Accessible to All .
Today, Travability is a part of a worldwide group who s mission is to create equality in accessibility in the hospitality and travel industries.
We can help make your holiday dream a reality regardless of your ability.
What is inclusive Tourism All sorts of terms have been used to describe this growing market from Barrier Free Tourism in the United Kingdom, Accessible Tourism in Australia, Access Tourism in New Zealand.
All of those terms have their foundations based on the physical term of access More often than not those expressions also have a narrow interpretation as people think of them applying only to travelers with a mobility related disability.
More correctly what we are describing in talking about Inclusive Tourism is an environment where people of all abilities are felt welcome and wanted as customers and guests.
For the first time Inclusive Tourism is being regarded as an economic market driven by the retirement of the baby boomer sector.
Inclusive Tourism is already a major tourism sector with Australian research putting its value at 11 of the total industry market share.
US research by McKinsey Company predicts that by 2015, the baby boomer generation will command almost 60 percent of net U.S.
wealth and 40 percent of spending.
In many categories, like travel, boomers will represent over 50 percent of consumption.
The impact on the Inclusive Travel sector is significant as over 40 of them will be retiring with some form of disability, raising the total value of the Inclusive Tourism sector to over 25 of the market by 2020.
The key element missing from the tourism industry is the information provided on accessible facilities for people with a disability.
We all plan our holidays carefully to ensure our expectations are met and our dreams fulfilled.
In the case of a traveller with a disability that planning takes on an added dimension and is filled with frustration in trying to find that additional information.
If you have accessible facilities talk to us about how to attract this significant and growing sector of the tourism market.
- Bill Forrester.
www.travability.travel Travability - Making the World Accessible to AllIn 2007 I was asked to organise a tour for a group of elite disabled sailors to attend their inaugural world championships in Toronto Canada.
That regatta was a test event for the Skud 18 class as a precursor for the Beijing Paralympic Games in 2008.
I was so frustrated with the lack of support from the general travel industry in regards to accessible travel arrangements that I decided to do something about it and bring those accessible destinations to light.
Travel experiences that we take for granted were not available for people with disabilities.
The information was hard to find and where it was available lacked the critical detail needed to make an informed travel decision.
I, in conjunction with Deborah Davis formed Travability to publish accessible holiday destination information with a mission to Make the World Accessible to All .
Today, Travability is a part of a worldwide group who s mission is to create equality in accessibility in the hospitality and travel industries.
We can help make your holiday dream a reality regardless of your ability.
What is inclusive Tourism All sorts of terms have been used to describe this growing market from Barrier Free Tourism in the United Kingdom, Accessible Tourism in Australia, Access Tourism in New Zealand.
All of those terms have their foundations based on the physical term of access More often than not those expressions also have a narrow interpretation as people think of them applying only to travelers with a mobility related disability.
More correctly what we are describing in talking about Inclusive Tourism is an environment where people of all abilities are felt welcome and wanted as customers and guests.
For the first time Inclusive Tourism is being regarded as an economic market driven by the retirement of the baby boomer sector.
Inclusive Tourism is already a major tourism sector with Australian research putting its value at 11 of the total industry market share.
US research by McKinsey Company predicts that by 2015, the baby boomer generation will command almost 60 percent of net U.S.
wealth and 40 percent of spending.
In many categories, like travel, boomers will represent over 50 percent of consumption.
The impact on the Inclusive Travel sector is significant as over 40 of them will be retiring with some form of disability, raising the total value of the Inclusive Tourism sector to over 25 of the market by 2020.
The key element missing from the tourism industry is the information provided on accessible facilities for people with a disability.
We all plan our holidays carefully to ensure our expectations are met and our dreams fulfilled.
In the case of a traveller with a disability that planning takes on an added dimension and is filled with frustration in trying to find that additional information.
If you have accessible facilities talk to us about how to attract this significant and growing sector of the tourism market.
Bill Forrester.
www.travability.travel EDITORS NOTE Bill Forrester is an acknowledged world authority on accessible tourism.
In January he was invited to give the opening Keynote Address at the SATH Society for Accessible Travel and Hospitality World Congress in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
We highly recommend you contact him especially for any group travel or travel with special requirements www.gdlife.com.au 23

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