Get your Share of a £40billion market
England’s population is ageing and almost 1 in 5 people have some form of disability. It is a market worth over £40billion a year offering huge opportunity for tourism businesses which take accessibility seriously. Bear in mind that disabled people are usually accompanied by friends and relatives so the business opportunity is immense.
There is also a legal imperative to take measures to welcome disabled guests. The Equalities Act 2010 which supersedes the Disability Discrimination Act, reinforces the legal requirement to make reasonable provision to welcome disabled guests. This requirement has been in place since 1995 and applies to all tourism businesses regardless of size or whether the guest is charged. Remember that it is as much about the attitude of your staff as removing physical barriers to access.
A wealth of guidance and practical tools exist to help tourism businesses take advantage of the opportunity represented by the disabled market and avoid falling foul of the law. Some have been produced as part of TSE’s ongoing involvement in the Accentuate project, an initiative aimed at changing attitudes to disability and using the home of the Paralympics, Stoke Mandeville as the inspiration to make the South East the most welcoming part of the UK.
This best practice guidance is for Local Authorities wishing to carry out a destination access audit. Its aim is to take you through the different key stages of the process; planning the audit, procurement, carrying out the audit and reporting and evaluation. Download an introduction to the report. The full report can be dowloaded by logging in to the member/partner area.
Access Statements - The production of an access statement is likely to benefit your business marketing.
Accessibility Video Case Studies - TSE commissioned a series of case studies to understand how businesses have benefitted from making their properties more accessible.
Welcome All - training courses to ensure guests get a warm welcome
Think Access Q-book
Daunted by ‘accessibility’ and what it means to your business? The TSE and Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead 'think access Q-book' shows you how easy it can be to make your business more accessible, attract a wider range of visitors and realise your full potential.
The think access Q-book (‘Q’ for ‘Quality’) is a free online business guide for all tourism, businesses, including transport, retail and food and drink operators.
The think access Q-book is packed with
- Practical business ideas
- Market insights
- Case studies of successful businesses in action
- Video clips
Access to this free online business guide for can be found here: think access Q-book