This year’s World Travel Market (WTM) World Responsible Tourism award for best accessible accommodation has been shared this year by Scandic Hotels and Endeavour Safaris. Scandic’s win has already been celebrated on this website (here). WTM – held in London each year on World Responsible Tourism Day – is the largest travel and tourism event in the world. The accessible tourism award is sponsored by Enable Holidays, which was established in 2004 as the first UK tour operator to be accredited for its competence in auditing the accessibility and grading the suitability of accommodation abroad for people with mobility impairments
Endeavour Safaris is a tour operator based in Northern Botswana, but offering safaris to Namibia, South Africa, Victoria Falls, Mozambique, and elsewhere. In addition to the journeys they create for all their clients, they have a unique division that specializes in accessible travel for persons with disabilities: including mobility-, visual-, and hearing impairment, as well as persons requiring oxygen or kidney dialysis. Guests on mobile safaris sleep in specially designed, state of the art, luxury safari tents. Clients travel to different places throughout the holiday, including remote spots such as the islands of the Okavango Delta where they can camp under the stars after a day on safari. Inclusivity is at the core of Endeavour Safari’s work, taking accessible tourism away from niche to norm and showing that tourism accommodation, even in the wildest of environments, can be enjoyed by nearly all tourists. Access requirements include mobility, visual, hearing, or medical issues. And with inclusivity at the core of what they do, their vision is to also have people with and without disabilities working alongside each other within the business too, particularly with the forthcoming opening of their 100% inclusive Lodge, where integration will be continue to be the inspiring ethos.
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