Greece improves access to tourism destinations for people with disabilities

The “Accessible Destinations” sign will be introduced soon, Tourism Minister Vasilis Kikilias said in a statement on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December.

In particular, he stated the following: “At the Ministry of Tourism, we work tirelessly to ensure that our destinations are accessible to all citizens, including people with disabilities. To this end, the bill, which will soon be submitted to parliament, introduces a note (sign) about the tourist destinations available to them.

We are also initiating the process of conferring the Affordable Tourism Enterprise Label (Σήματος Προσβάσιμης Τουριστικής Επιχείρησης) to companies of all categories and types in order to raise their awareness and motivation so that they become more inviting and convenient, and therefore more accessible to countries, people of Greece and visitors from abroad, people with disabilities or reduced mobility.

At the same time, we are using the resources of the Recovery Fund to improve access to the country’s beaches, funding the development of semi-permanent infrastructure activities such as the construction of beach access ramps, wheelchair paths, adapted showers, changing rooms and toilets, and shading areas. All of these specially equipped beaches will have a distinctive mark.

We are implementing a national strategy for accessible tourism by continually updating the EOT websites. We are attracting volunteers to the Accessible Tourism Program by creating an appropriate support network, and we also conduct educational courses to train volunteers to provide services to people with disabilities.

“Our initiatives and actions are part of the national action plan on the rights of people with disabilities and, in addition to the equal participation of all tourism service businesses, they aim to promote Greece as an accessible tourism destination,” the statement said.

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