NATIVE Hotels is a finalist in this years World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) “Tourism for Tomorrow” Innovation Award for its work in Accessible Tourism. Set up by two journalists to promote accessible tourism, Native Hotels pays particular attention to ensuring accessible communication. Guests have access to vibrating watches with alerts and messages for deaf customers, while signage packs and door signs in Braille help the visually impaired navigate through the hotel, its rooms and bathrooms. They have recently launched a new online platform for the travel industry, which Native says is the only one to offer total accessibility, and allows users with any kind of disability to use a computer to make their holiday choices. It can be used by anyone, even if they are unable to see the screen, touch the keyboard or speak to the computer – so long as a person can blow onto a microphone, they can use the platform. For tourism to ensure it delivers its benefits to as many people as possible, everyone needs to be able to discover what is within their reach. Native’s new platform brings that world closer for many more.
The winners of the awards will be officially announced during the awards ceremony at the WTTC Global Summit, Thailand April 26, 2017. Professor Graham Miller (University of Surrey) – whose interests include accessible tourism – will present the awards.
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