Access Statements help visitors with access requirements to plan a day out to your attraction or overnight stay at your accommodation. These visitors may be wheelchair users, mothers with pushchairs, the elderly, people with arthritis, impaired hearing, impaired mobility, impaired sight or learning difficulties. These potential visitors are unlikely to consider visiting your business if this information if not available to them.
What is an access statement and why produce one?
- An Access Statement is a clear, accurate and above all honest description of your current facilities and services.
- The purpose of an Access Statement is to enable a potential visitor to make an informed decision as to whether your attraction/accommodation meets their particular access needs.
- An Access Statement can enhance the quality of service you offer to all of your visitors and can be a valuable marketing tool for your business.
- In order to become join the Quality in Tourism scheme, businesses need to create an access statement.
The production of an access statement is also likely to benefit your business in marketing it to a wider cross section of the public. VisitEngland provides a simple, standard template for businesses to complete.