Destination BC actively supports the development and improvement of accessible tourism products, services, and activities to help ensure every person can participate in BC’s transformative experiences. We recognize we can play a greater role in supporting a more inclusive destination for women, Indigenous peoples, persons of colour, people with disabilities and/or the LGBTQIA2S+ community, all who continue to face systemic barriers in society. In doing so, Destination BC will build greater capacity in the tourism industry by providing more tools and resources to support inclusion. By working with partners in the tourism ecosystem to identify roles and responsibilities, we can understand where to provide the best value for supporting the inclusion of equity deserving groups within the tourism industry and amongst visitors.
Our commitment to building a province that is accessible to all travelers of varying abilities started with “Toward an Inclusive and Accessible British Columbia Tourism Industry”, a three-year strategic framework and action plan that was developed in 2019. This framework aims to build capacity within the industry and champion meaningful tourism employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
The framework outlines several deliverables, including the development of educational resources to help tourism businesses in BC build a better understanding of accessible travel needs and the benefits of hiring people with diverse abilities; improving and enhancing accessibility planning and travel information on HelloBC.com; providing ongoing assistance to the Provincial Government’s Accessibility Secretariat; partnering with Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) to create a new accessible tourism business recognition award; and others.
Destination BC’s commitment to accessibility supports the Government of BC’s goals to elevate BC into the most progressive province in Canada for people with disabilities and in support of Accessible British Columbia Act implementation. Work will complement the Accessible Canada Act, and advance the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD).
Visitors to our consumer trip-planning website, HelloBC.com, are able to search for accessible accommodation, attractions, activities, and experiences. If you are a BC tourism business, you are encouraged to add your business’s accessibility features to your HelloBC Listing to ensure your business appears in the results.
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