Booking an accessible holiday can often be a stressful process for many hoilday makers. The amount of online access information can vary from one hotel to another, and it can be overwhelming trying to find the right holiday to meet your requirements. We’ve been speaking to Travel For All is an accessible travel agent that is based in Canada and believe that “travel should be inclusive – not exclusive.”
Why did you decide to start a travel agents for tourist with specialised access requirements?
I have Multiple Sclerosis and when MS began to affect my personal travel, I noticed that there was little to no one assisting travellers with various ‘specific requirements’. It was evident that this group of travellers was not a ‘niche market’. One billion people, or 15% of the world’s population, experience some form of disability, and disability prevalence is higher for developing countries. One-fifth of the estimated global total, or between 110 million and 190 million people, experience significant disabilities. I knew that this was a necessary type if business.
What services and information do you provide for your customers?
Travel For All is a Global Leader in Accessible Travel. We customize vacations and specialize in helping travellers with various ‘Specific Requirements’ – cane users, slow walkers, complex health issues (Dialysis), Developmental Disabilities, and wheelchair users. We have customized 5000+ vacations to and from every corner of the world.
Do you provide these travel services and information for countries all over the world?
We are global and have clients all over the world who entrust their vacation to us. We are an inbound and outbound agency and are thankful that we have a global reach.
Do you feel that a virtual experience would benefit your customers so that they can see a hotel or tourist venue before they go on holiday?
The most common statement that travellers with disabilities have is about the accessibility of a destination. There are very few places to find accurate information. A ‘Virtual Experience’ will alleviate the most common fears that travellers with disabilities face; they will have a live brochure that answers and remedies any concerns.
Another beautiful part of a virtual experience is that people with disabilities who are bed ridden will have the opportunity to see places on a global scale, that they never imagined they would ever experience. Virtual Reality has the power to bring the world to those who may never experience the hustle and bustle of NYC or the beautiful mountains in Switzerland.
Where do you feel is the most accessible country?
There are many countries that have been legislated to remain accessible to all, which does amplify the importance of including all. Europe has many programs in place that adhere to the UN’s policies on accessibility. There isn’t a truly accurate answer to this question, as my answer is too many to list.
Do you have any expansion plans for Travel For All in the future?
Yes, Travel For All has a vert strong brand presence in the USA and we have brought on Fred Maahs Jr. who is our US- Chief Operations Lead; he is a passionate and recognized leader in the disability community and in corporate America.
Thank you to Tarita Davenock, who is the CEO of Travel For All, for answering our questions.