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New Initiative Focuses on Accessible Tourism in Scotland

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A Glasgow-based manufacturer of accessible vehicles has been working with a leading German broadcaster and a tour operator on an initiative that supports accessible tourism for persons with disabilities in Scotland, reports The National.

Allied Vehicles Group teamed up with TV company ZDF and Schottland fuer Alle (Scotland for All) to showcase how accessible Scotland is for persons with disabilities.

ZDF has filmed across the country at venues ranging from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Yacht Britannia, to Glencoe and Dunrobin Castle.

Its resulting footage has just been aired on German national television. The film praises Scotland’s progress in relation to the UN Disability Inclusion Strategy and finds that the country is well adapted to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.

Even places like Edinburgh Castle are widely accessible, and elsewhere pragmatic solutions are employed to help guarantee access – either in the countryside or in towns and cities.

“Tour operators are bringing us in to help because they see the value in having a specialist vehicle supplier that really knows about vehicle adaptations for disability from the consumer’s point of view.

“We design and manufacture adapted vehicles for leading brands and tailor them around the very different requirements of individuals – so we get all of that, whether we are manufacturing or hiring a vehicle out.”

“Scotland is known all over the world for its hospitality so it’s great to be able to play our part in this.” said Rebecca Bridges, rentals manager for Allied.

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