TDC addresses needs of persons with disabilities

July 08, 2013:

The Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) has presented the staff and stakeholders of the Blind Welfare Association with a special Braille Edition of its Historical Buildings in Port of Spain brochure.

The presentation was made on July 8 as part of an initiative to make Trinidad and Tobago’s tourism sites more accessible to persons with disabilities.

Invited by the Association to make a presentation to its members and stakeholders on tourism sites in Trinidad and Tobago, the TDC representatives used the opportunity to inform attendees on the roles and functions of the Company while highlighting some of its development programmes and new initiatives.

An initiative which will directly benefit persons with disabilities is the soon to be launched Amphibious Wheelchair Service. This service, to be implemented by the TDC in conjunction with National Center for Persons with Disabilities and Lifeguard Division of the Ministry of Tourism, will allow persons with disabilities easier and safer access to our beaches and a sea bathing experience.

Members of the Association were also treated to a skit on tourism in Trinidad and Tobago, led by actress Penelope Spencer and her team of actors from Necessary Arts Productions Limited, along with a presentation by tour operator Gail Mohammed, of Gail’s Exclusive Tours, which focused on local attractions which are accessible to persons who are blind or visually-impaired.

Recognizing that travellers with disabilities are a significant economic force, and with special needs adults spending $13.6 billion annually in the United States alone, the TDC is on an ongoing drive to develop a tourism product that is enjoyable to all visitors, including persons with disabilities.

According to the ITB World Travel Trends 2012/2013 Report travellers with disabilities and special needs have a tendency to be loyal to a destination, staying longer and spending more.

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