Care Expo Brisbane is not just an event; it’s a celebration of empowerment, inclusivity, and community. As we align with the Year of Accessible Tourism in Queensland, our mission goes beyond boundaries, touching on all aspects of health, wellness, aged care, disability support, mental health, and more.
Queensland’s dedication to accessible tourism resonates deeply with us. A study by Tourism Research Australia highlighted that visitors with disabilities spent a substantial $3.3 billion on tourism, emphasising the need for diverse and inclusive experiences.
This year, with $12 million in new funding, Queensland’s focus on accessibility is a crucial step toward enhancing destination experiences for everyone.
So, what can businesses do to welcome travellers of all abilities and with a range of needs to participate in Queensland’s incredible tourism experiences?
To support Queensland tourism businesses to become more accessible and inclusive to all visitors, resources developed by Get Skilled Access and TravAbility on behalf of the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport have now formed a part of an online accessible tourism toolkit.
The online accessible tourism toolkit includes:
- A series of short video learning modules covering practical examples of what businesses can do to make their experience more accessible, the language of disability, how to have an inclusive mindset and misconceptions and unconscious bias.
- Easy-to-use checklists for your venue and activities;
- Practical guides on accessibility content to consider including on your website and how to communicate accessibility features.
Accessible tourism is allowing everyone to participate in a tourism experience with choice and confidence and the toolkit will help improve the visitor experience for all travellers.
Sport is a valuable driver of social inclusion and hosting the Brisbane 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games is an opportunity to promote inclusion and integration of people with all abilities. Of the 4.3 million Australians living with a disability, only one in four participates in sport, while 75 per cent want to participate. Brisbane 2032 will provide opportunities to achieve new standards for accessibility and opportunities to drive conversations and actions around inclusion, diversity, and accessibility.
Join us at Care Expo Brisbane as we stand united with the spirit of accessible tourism and inclusivity. Let’s work together to create a Queensland where everyone’s unique needs are met, and each person can lead a fulfilling life.