• Posted:Tuesday, July 28, 2009
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Disabled travellers know your rights

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Disabled travellers  know your rights
One of the great things about hostels these days is the improved accessibility in many places. In the modern world businesses of all kinds are recognising the need to ensure facilities are up to scratch and that often includes ensuring there is proper access for disabled people.

Certainly the newer hostels are likely to be able to cater to all kinds of needs, while others may be limited, but certainly doing something to accommodate whatever visitors might come their way.

But if you do have any special requirements, it's worth making sure they can be met before you set off - as you don't want any nasty surprises on arrival! A similar point has in fact been made by both ABTA - The Travel Association and Tourism For All this week.

The former highlighted the importance of letting travel companies and airlines know of any help that might be needed before embarking, with the advice coming one year after the Persons with Reduced Mobility Regulations were introduced in the UK.

According to the organisation, operators are willing and able - and, in fact, obliged - to offer assistance, but giving them at least 48 hours notice is key to making things run smoothly.

Meanwhile, Brian Seaman - head of consultancy at charity Tourism For All - said people may not be aware of the help and assistance that is available to those with disabilities.

"It's never easy when you've got so many partners involved in delivering a service. But this legislation is trying to overcome that," he remarked, adding that publicising the regulations is "really going to aid travellers".

Sam Buckley
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