Tourism boost for disabled
The marketing of Barbados as a disabled-friendly destination broke new ground yesterday when a visiting post-polio group from Florida went on an island tour.
It was a result of the ongoing efforts of Fully Accessible Barbados, a joint Ministry of Tourism/Barbados Council for the Disabled (BCD) project.
Tourism development officer Maureen Bridgeman said the Boca Area Post-Polio Group had contacted the BCD, which in turn contacted the ministry and the tour was arranged. She said the 23-member group arrived yesterday on board the cruise ship Celebrity Equinox and was met with three disabled accessible vehicles.
“This is all about publicising Fully Accessible Barbados and the fact Barbados is becoming more accessible for people with disabilities,” she said.
After leaving the Bridgetown Port, the group toured the Mount Gay Visitors Centre off Spring Garden. Other areas they visited included Holetown, Speightstown, St Lucy’s Parish Church, Mile-And-a-Quarter, Rockley, the Richard Haynes Boardwalk, Historic Garrison, Carlisle Bay and Government Headquarters.