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Cyprus disability group demands improved accessibility in hotels on World Tourism Day

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According to the national paraplegics organisation (Opak), Cyprus is one of the worst tourist destinations in regards to accessibility, reported Cyprus Mail.

Opak is demanding the government take action to change this immediately.

“Our hotels must be accessible as much as possible with a sufficient number of rooms, in order to be able to serve the large number of people in wheelchairs in Cyprus,” insisted Opak.

September 27 was recognized around the globe as World Tourism Day – and this year, the day was dedicated to recovery from the pandemic and inclusivity. However, Opak explained that very few hotels have proper accessibility infrastructure for people who use wheelchairs.

The organisation did add that much progress has been made in recent years in terms of beach accessibility and legislation.

“In the last 15 years we have taken initiatives to upgrade the accessibility on beaches and our actions were even broadcasted on Euronews a few days ago. The pressure we are using has brought results in the legislation as well,” Opak concluded.

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