New Thailand routes promote universal accessibility

New Thailand routes promote universal accessibility
Somrak Kumputch, TAT deputy governor for administration, presents a Tourism for All guidebook to Mr. Krisana Lalai, president of Friendly Design for All Foundation, a human rights worker and Thai journalist and t.v. host.

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is launching new pilot routes in nine provinces to promote universal accessibility, aimed at encouraging universal design catering to travellers with disabilities at facilities and tourism attractions across Thailand.

Somrak Kumputch, TAT deputy governor for administration said, “TAT recognizes the importance of promoting equal access to Thailand’s many attractions, and we have been a keen advocate of this concept over the past several years. The nine provinces selected have the necessary universally designed infrastructure to launch the promotion.”

The pilot routes are Stylish Capital: Bangkok; Exotic Lanna: Chiang Mai; Nature & Art: Ratchaburi; Wonderful Town: Pattaya; Remaining Memories: Kanchanaburi; Andaman Pearl: Phuket; Northeast Spicy Isan: Khon Kaen; Precious Treasure: Ayutthaya; and Fertile Land: Nakhon Ratchasima.

The initial promotion targets Thai domestic travellers with disabilities. TAT has launched a dedicated, Thai-language website, tourismproduct.tourismthailand.org/tourismforall/ where video clips of the nine routes, in Thai with English subtitles and Sign Language, are available.

During last year’s World Tourism Day in Bangkok the Thai government stated it would “transform Thailand into the hub of universal design in ASEAN” which would, in turn, help the country develop into an ideal ‘accessible tourism’ country while preserving its invaluable architecture and history. It also announced plans to launch the pilot route project while concentrating on upgrading existing facilities.