It was an important international debut for Accessible Tourism, the Plus Planet division dedicated to accessible tourism in Italy.
After taking part in ITBerlin 2019 in March, Accessible Tourism was the first Italian Tour Operator dedicated to accessible tourism to participate in Rehab Karlsruhe, the international fair for rehabilitation, care, technological innovation and leisure, which was held from 16 to May 18 in the city of Karlsruhe, Germany.
The event, now in its 20th edition, saw the participation of over 460 operators from 21 countries around the world who presented the main innovations in the field of rehabilitation and orthopedic therapies. An event set up in an area of over 49,000 square meters where all the latest industry news have found place, as well as meetings, workshops and demonstrations of sports associations.
For the first time also accessible Italy was present at this important event with Accessible Tourism: the T.O. of The Plus Planet that participated in the German three-day event with its own stand, in which was offered the 2019 catalog dedicated to accessible tourism in Italy.
From accommodation facilities, transfer services, nursing assistance, up to travel packages and guided tours: numerous services were showed by Accessible Tourism and addressed to all types of disabilities. There is also an offer dedicated to silver tourism, a type rising tourism. The Italian offer was much appreciated by the public of the fair that crowded the stand and asked for information and contacts.
“After ITBerlin 2019, it was a great honor for us to be able to return to Germany and be the first Italian tour operator for accessible tourism wich participated in Rehab Karlsruhe – explains Stephanie Rudolph, Business Development Manager for Accessible Tourism / The Plus Planet – Accessible Tourism has been working since 2015 to promote accessible tourism and silver tourism in Italy, selecting accommodation facilities and the best services on the national market “.
About 500 persons with disabilities were hosted in the Visarno Arena private area during 4 days of Firenze Rocks 2019.
Accessible Tourism – the division of The Plus Planet that is the co-operative member of the consortium CO&SO and organize accessible travels in collaboration with Le Nozze di Figaro and Live Nation – managed the hospitality service.
Most of the guests came from Italy, but there were also arrivals from USA, UK and Germany. About 8 persons every night took care of these people and their needs.
The accessible area offered reserved bathrooms and it was located near a relax zone, where disabled people and pregnant women could have a refreshment before getting on the platform; the area had also a mobile phone’s charger point.
In addition to the hospitality service, Accessible Tourism run also the front office for everyone who have accessibility’s problems.
About 500 persons called and wrote to the Firenze Rocks 2019 contact persons to ask every kind of information: they asked for reservation in accessible hotels, transfer and support equipments, general information about how to reach the Visarno Arena. They also send requested about the city of Florence, accessible museums and restaurants.
“I would like to thank all Accessible Tourism staff for the great job they did during these 4 days – said Francesco Vagni, The Plus Planet Procuct manager, who coordinate the staff during the Firenze Rocks 2019 – Thanks to the partnership with Le Nozze di Figaro and Live Nation, we dealt with the Visarno Arena accessibility, making the rock music available for every one”.
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A trip made to discover the accessible Tuscany, from Florence to Maremma, has involved 7 international tour operators: it’s the Fam (Familiarization) Trip organized from the 11th to the 14th of April by Accessible Tourism.
Since 2015 Accessible Tourism is specialized in incoming accessible travels involving people with physical, sensorial and intellectual-relational disabilities.
Every spring it organizes a private trip for the main international tour operators involved in accessible tourism, in order to let them discovering accessible hotels and services in Italy.
This year they decided to invite 7 tour operators coming from Germany (Accamino Reisen, BSK Reisen and Runa Reisen), India (Cox & Kings – Enabletravel), United Kingdoms (Enable Holidays), Argentina (Soles Viajes) and Denmark (Sustravel).
The Fam Trip 2019 starts from the city of Florence, where they visit some hotels, restaurants and made a particular touchable tour in “Opera del Duomo” Museum.
Afterward the group went along the tuscany coast, they visited camping and some typical places as Rocchette, Follonica and the famous Petra winery in Val di Cornia.
Pisa was the third destination, with the stunning Piazza dei Miracoli.
At the end, they came back to Florence visiting Piazzale Michelangelo, where they had the pleasure to meet the Florence’s mayor, Dario Nardella and the Sport Councilor, Andrea Vannucci, in occasion of the event “Gran Fondo di Ciclismo”.
“The accessible tourism is a sensitive sector that has to take care about different types of needs – explain Leonardo Sorelli, director of The Plus Planet – We started working in Tuscany in 2015. It’s a really thoughtful region in regard to this type of tourism and we know the local accessible facilities: the Fam Trip objective is to allow our partners discover the surroundings in order to let them organize perfect tailor-made travel packages for their clients”.
Below the photo-gallery of our Fam Trip 2019
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