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Expo-sing Scotland’s Accessibility

Two of Europe’s top accessible tour operators got first-hand experience of Scotland’s tourism offering.

Fenna DeSmet, of WeTravel2 in Belgium, and Christel Stejlborg, of HandiTours in Denmark, took part in the national tourism organisation’s first ever inclusive familiarisation trip.

The trip was organised after a VisitScotland travel trade survey revealed that more than half of travel agents reported an increase in request for accessible travel products.

Familiarisation trips are designed for tour operators to enhance their Scotland knowledge and allow them to develop new Scottish products.

Having enjoyed a busy two days at VisitScotland Expo, held at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on April 10 - 11, the European delegates spent the next three days visiting attractions such as the newly opened Clydeside Distillery, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Loch Katrine Experience, Stirling Castle, Royal Yacht Britannia and Beach Wheelchairs North Berwick.

All of the attractions visited provide detailed information around their accessibility and make a conscious effort to ensure visitors with access requirements are able to have a good experience.