The Country of Portugal is now Recognised as an Accessible Tourism Destination
The country of Portugal is the first to receive the Accessible Tourism Destination Award from the World Tourism Organisation – the WTO -. This award acknowledges the effort put in promoting the accessibility for all citizens. The distinction was awarded to the country of Portugal during the 23rd General Assembly of the World Tourism Organisation – the WTO -, which was held in St. Petersburg, in Russia.
The country of Portugal is the only one to have received this award, which is given for the first time this year by the World Tourism Organisation – the WTO – in partnership with the ONCE Foundation, and which has acknowledged the efforts of the country of Portugal to promote tourism accessibility, according to the ministry of economy.
There are Ninety Million Tourists with Mobility Needs in Europe Alone
According to the national government of the country of Portugal, there are ninety million tourist with special mobility needs on the European continent alone. That is why this award and recognition have been and will be very important in positioning the country of Portugal as a leader in accessibility.
The secretary of state for tourism, Ana Mendes Godinho, has added that this award represents an amazing boost for Portugal in its endeavour to become the most inclusive destination in the world.
The national government of the country of Portugal has taken steps towards transforming Portugal into a truly inclusive country. There is no going back. The secretary of state for the inclusion of people with disabilities, Ana Sofia Antunes, stated.
Large Government Investment to Support Accessibility Projects in The Country of Portugal
Additionally, in the year 2016, the ‘all for all’ program has been launched, the aim of which has been the empowerment of the Portuguese tourism and the creation of accessible routes throughout the country.
According to the data which has been conducted and published by the Portuguese ministry of economy, one hundred and sixteen projects have been supported so far in this regard, representing a sum investment of twenty million Euros and a support of fourteen million Euros.