The Greek Tourism Ministry and the Greek National Confederation of Disabled People (ESAmeA) will work together so that persons with disabilities will have access in cultural life, recreation, leisure and sport.
According to a cooperation protocol signed on 28 March between Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni and ESAmeA President Ioannis Vardakastanis, both sides will promote and implement actions – on a national level – to ensure the accessibility of infrastructure and services to people with disabilities and other social groups with similar characteristics.
“This agreement aims to coordinate actions so that the (Greek) tourism product is accessible to people with disabilities of all categories,” Mrs. Kefalogianni said.
According to the tourism minister, potential foreign visitors with a disability currently do not choose Greece as a holiday destination as not all of the country’s services are accessible.
“We want to change this,” she said.
The agreement will also aim to ensure that people with disabilities will have access to reliable tourism information and communications.
During the meeting, Mr. Vardakastanis suggested the creation of an access and information guide for persons with disabilities, an idea that Mrs. Kefalogianni found excellent.
The tourism ministry intends to inform Greek tourism professionals on the potential benefits of accessible tourism. Actions for accessible tourism in Greece will be coordinated at both the government level and at the level of regions and municipalities.