VisitEngland and VisitScotland unveil accessibility website

VisitEngland and VisitScotland have launched a website to help tourism businesses produce their own accessibility guides.

The guides help tourism operators to increase business, by providing potential visitors with important accessibility information in a user-friendly format.

John Glen, UK tourism minister, said: “The UK has an incredible range of world-class attractions and we want them to be open to as many people as possible.

“These new guides will give clear accessibility information to make it easier for disabled visitors to plan their trips with confidence.”

Sally Balcombe, VisitEngland chief executive, added: “Our research shows that visitors in this important market value clear, concise accessibility information from tourism providers.

“The new accessibility guides will allow travellers to compare attractions, accommodation businesses and other venues before choosing their destination, enabling them to make an informed choice.”

Malcolm Roughead, VisitScotland chief executive, commented: “It is our aim to make tourism inclusive and accessible for all, so that every single person can benefit from all that Scotland has to offer.”

Fiona Hyslop, Scottish cabinet secretary for culture and tourism, said: “This successful partnership between VisitScotland and VisitEngland will allow even more people to make an informed choice about access to holiday facilities, enabling them to explore more of our countryside and some of Scotland’s most iconic attractions.”

The new guide format also standardises how information is presented, making it easier for disabled customers, their friends and family to compare venues.

Pictured is the Science Museum ©VisitBritain/Britain on View.