GLOBAL ACCESS NEWS TRAVEL E-ZINE

VOLUME X, NUMBER 2, February 2009

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Welcome to the February 2009 issue of the Global Access News Travel E-Zine. Thanks to everyone for taking the time to write us and share your travel tips and experiences.

 

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CONTENTS

 

1. MEXICO: FREEDOM SHORES

2. ENDELLION: JOURNEY THROUGH EUROPE

3. DISABILITY TRAVEL CHALLENGE CONTINUES

4. VENICE: HOTEL PARISI

5. CRUISING GAINS IN POPULARITY

6. HOTELS.COM & EXPEDIA.COM
 

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1. MEXICO: FREEDOM SHORES

 

Thanks to Mary M. for submitting information about Freedom Shores, a four-star wheelchair accessible resort on Mexicoís historic Yucatan peninsula. The resort offers nine fully accessible rooms, complete with roll-in showers, commodes, shower chairs and Hoyer Lifts. Beach chairs and nurseís aides are also available. Chauffeured and guided trips (via a wheelchair accessible van) visit the Mayan Archaeological sites of Ciudad Del Carmen / Mexico's only walled city of Campeche. Learn more at http://www.isla-aguada.com/

 

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2. ENDELLION: JOURNEY THROUGH EUROPE

 

Australians, Stewart and Lesley MacLennan sent word of their new boating adventure. They designed and built a wheelchair accessible boat, Endellion, to tour the waterways of Europe. Their web site is designed to update their friends and family about their cruising Britain and Europe. To date, their site details their cruising through Northern and Southern England. This spring they head for France. Follow their journey at http://www.maclennan.com.au/Endellion/home.html

 

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3. DISABILITY TRAVEL CHALLENGE CONTINUES

 

John Roberts (a pseudonym)  takes an inaccessible tours of Singapore at http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2009/01/05/29862/the-disability-travel-challenge-booked-tours-in-singapore-not.html Then itís onto Sydney where he faced several access challenges http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2009/01/09/29908/the-disability-travel-challenge-inaccessible-tours-and-steep-hills-in.html A Qantas flight from Cairns to Brisbane was also riddled  with problems http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2009/01/21/30029/the-disability-travel-challenge-cairns-to-brisbane-with.html and a Diamond Princess cruise at http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/Articles/2009/02/03/30125/the-disability-travel-challenge-diamond-princess-cruise.html

 

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4. VENICE: HOTEL PARISI

 

Does a wheelchair accessible hotel exist in Venice, Italy? Yes, the Residenza Parisi Hotel. Situated close to the Grand Canal, wheelchair users will find a roll-in shower, as well as a toilet with grab bars at the Hotel Parisi. The near by vaporetto (water bus) service easily transports wheelchair users to central Venice and St. Markís Square.

Visit http://www.residenzaparisi.com/ where a slide show includes photos of a bedroom and an accessible bathroom.

 

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5. CRUISING GAINS IN POPULARITY

 

A recent Los Angeles Times article focused on the growing popularity of cruising for disabled travelers. Catch it while itís still on-line at

http://travel.latimes.com/articles/la-trw-ultimatedisablebox25-2009jan25

 

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6. HOTELS.COM & EXPEDIA.COM

 

Thanks to a recent class action suit, disabled travelers will soon be able to search and book rooms accommodating their needs through Expedia.com and Hotels.com

 

According to a Jan. 26, 2009 press release from Disability Rights Advocates and Public Justice, Expedia.com and Hotels.com must start gathering information about hotelsí accessibility features, and then incorporate that information into their websites, so that travelers can both search for hotels with rooms that offer the particular accommodations they need, and make special requests online to book those accessible rooms. Each special request will be given individual attention by a trained customer service representative, who will work with the customer to accommodate his or her needs. These new features will be rolled out later this year.

 

For more information about the lawsuit and settlement, please go to Public Justice's website at www.publicjustice.net or DRA's website at www.dralegal.org.

 

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