Lonely Planet is one of the world’s most successful travel publishers, printing over 120 million guidebooks and eBooks to almost every destination on the planet in eleven different languages. This includes a number of accessible tourism guides. It also produces a range of gift and reference titles, an award-winning website and magazine and a range of digital travel products and apps. Lonely Planet has offices in the Australia, UK, USA, India and China with over 400 employees, including Martin Heng, Accessible Travel Manager.
Recently, Lonely Planet named the world’s top ten most accessible travel destinations for 2016. The company recognizes that the number of people in the world who have a need for better access is already large, and that with the rapid ageing of the world’s population, there will be an impact on global business and tourism. Companies are slowly starting to realize that accessibility is not just an issue that must be addressed for those with a disability. It’s a real issue that many grey nomads are putting some extra thought into before booking their next vacation. Lonely Planet agrees that with an aging baby boomer population that isn’t willing to slow down when it comes to travel, accessibility is becoming paramount. It is with this in mind that they put together their list of the most accessible vacation destinations for 2016. The list includes: Playa del Carmen, Mexico; Barcelona, Spain; Galápagos and Amazonia, Ecuador; Sicily, Italy; Manchester, UK; Melbourne, Australia; Ljubljana, Slovenia; Singapore; San Diego, USA; and Vienna, Austria.
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