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Plan underway to improve accessibility in Iran

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Tehran – Iran’s Welfare Organization is encouraging initiatives to make tourists with disabilities more comfortable on vacations and to improve the quality of life for disabled locals.

“We are pursuing a pilot plan to turn the Qeshm Free Trade Zone into a travel destination suitable for tourists with disabilities and then expand the scheme to other areas,” said Mehr quoted Ebrahim Kazemi, an official with the Organization.

Based on a memorandum of understanding signed between the Organization and Qeshm Free Trade Zone, Qeshm Island will be the first free zone to be fit for commuting of people with disabilities, he said.

Introduced by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the creation of the international “Accessible Tourism Destination” aims to make sure that a destination can be enjoyed by any tourist, regardless of their physical, sensory or cognitive abilities.

The UNWTO Recommendations on Accessible Tourism for All are meant to be used as a general, basic mainstreaming framework for ensuring that people with disabilities have access to the physical environment, the transportation system, information and communications channels, as well as to a wide range of public facilities and services.

Source: Tehran Times

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