Tourist sites, accommodation providers encouraged to improve access for people with special needs
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    Tourist sites, accommodation providers encouraged to improve access for people with special needs

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    Wallonia’s government on Monday officially launched a call for expressions of interest to improve access for people with special needs in tourist sites and accommodation in the region. “Wallonia wants to invest in accessibility for all persons,” said regional tourism minister René Collin. “We are using the €80 millio-Walloon Investment Plan for tourism, approved in January, to spur investment in this area.”

    The Government has decided to provide a subsidy of €244,000 to Access-I to enable the non-profit association, which assesses the accessibility of buildings, sites or events according to each specific need, to carry out pre-audits of buildings.

    “This has to do with tourist accommodation and attractions recognised by the CGT, organisations such as the tourist boards and tourism office, or the authorities,” Collin explained. “The pre-audit will be used to find out their needs in terms of investments. Higher budget lines will then be activated in order to make the investments.”

    All interested operators have until 21 September to apply, using a form available on the site. A maximum of 400 bids will be accepted.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times