In January, Tourism Flanders did a survey of people with disabilities (PwDs) and their environment. The results show that PwDs use the same services, accommodations, and activities as the average Fleming.
The survey of the Accessible Travel Info Point of Tourism Flanders shows that accessible accommodation is increasing, although there is scope for improvement. For PwDs, the use of public transport on holiday is very important. Regular users are generally satisfied with this service. Sixty percent of tourists with disabilities take holiday in Flanders and elsewhere, but 12 % holidayed only in Flanders in the last three years. The coast is the most popular destination for PwDs (60%), but the popularity of cities is twice as high as the average Fleming. One big difference from the average holidaymaker, is that more time is taken in preparing for a holiday. PwDs inform themselves thoroughly, and check and double check access. If their holiday is in Flanders, 45% consulted the Flemish label for accessible tourism, which is awarded by Tourism Flanders. Almost all of those who use this system (A and A+ labelling) find it very reliable. Almost one third of those who looked for information on access made use of social media. Ninety-one percent of responders to the survey travel with other people. Therefore, any inaccessible business looses not only the business of the PwD, but of their travelling companion as well. The survey is discussed in more detail in English here.
For this news release in Dutch, see here.
For more information about the progress Flanders is making in accessible tourism, see here (the label system), here (book on accessible accommodations in Flanders and Brussels), and here (outline of accessible tourism in Flanders).