Positioning Ecuador as an accessible and inclusive tourist destination, through the exercise of the rights of people with disabilities, reduced mobility and the elderly, is the objective of the Public Policy for Accessible Tourism 2030 that was presented this Wednesday, November 18.
Rocío González de Moreno, President Ad Honórem of the Plan A Lifetime Committee, participated in the event, who stated that the purpose is for everyone, regardless of their condition, to enjoy the beauties of Ecuador. “Restaurants, hotels and places of entertainment must adapt their spaces. But above all, promoting inclusion and guaranteeing accessibility in transport, accommodation, leisure, in general, in all tourist services ”.
This policy was built between the Ministry of Tourism, the National Council for Disability Equality (Conadis) and the National Federation of Ecuadorians with Physical Disabilities (Fenedif), in order to generate sustainable, accessible, inclusive and quality tourism offers in throughout the country, to position Ecuador as an inclusive destination on a local and international scale.
“Today we are witnessing the great results of the joint work for inclusion, which contributes to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and Goals. We are at the forefront of inclusion, because accessible tourism not only benefits people with disabilities, but also those with reduced mobility and the elderly ”, said Rosi Prado, Minister of Tourism.
He added that this legal framework has already been socialized with tourist unions, academia, civil society with disabilities, Decentralized Autonomous Governments (GAD), as well as the public and private sectors, including Galapagos; and virtual and face-to-face trainings were provided on topics related to tourism, accessibility and disability.
“With this policy we will reactivate the tourism sector, one of the most affected by the pandemic. Thousands of people will have more options to travel, which translates into more income for this sector and the country. Because in addition, inclusive tourism is profitable: remember that people with disabilities usually travel with companions, in a group or as a family, ”said Rocío de Moreno.
Sebastián Carrasco, an Ecuadorian athlete with physical disabilities, said that after his accident he was resigned to believing that because he was in a wheelchair he was not going to practice sports, enjoy nature, adventure and travel around the country
“I want to thank the Government, the Ministry of Tourism and Conadis for developing this policy, which not only enables people with disabilities to improve their quality of life, but also their families and all of us who dream of a world without barriers,” he said. . (I)