Portugal becomes first country to obtain the “Accessible Tourism Destination” award from the UNWTO

Published on : Sunday, September 15, 2019

Portugal has become first country to obtain the “Accessible Tourism Destination” award from the UNWTO, which recognizes the effort in promoting accessibility.

 

The distinction was awarded during the 23rd General Assembly of the UNWTO, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

 

The Portuguese government has said that there are 90 million tourists with specific mobility needs in Europe only, “so this distinction is very important to position Portugal as a leader in accessibility”.

 

Portugal secretary of state for tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, added that this award is “a great boost for Portugal to become the most inclusive destination in the world”.

 

“This government has taken steps towards transforming Portugal in a truly inclusive country. There is no going back”, said Ana Sofia Antunes, the secretary of state for the inclusion of people with disabilities.

 

In 2016 the ‘All for All’ programme was launched for empowering Portuguese tourism and for creating accessible routes throughout the country.

 

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