German National Tourist Office's Campaign to promote 'Barrier Free' Travel
Guests from some of the UK's most experienced organisations representing disability were given a preview recently of the German National Tourism Office's (GNTO's) forthcoming campaign promoting 'barrier free' travel in Germany.
The term 'barrier free' is widely known in Germany and includes any form of restricted mobility, be it for families, elderly people, restricted sight or hearing problems for example. The barrier free campaign was outlined during a presentation and follow-up discussion and received a warm welcome from Deutsche Banh, Lufthansa and DFDS, plus specialist UK travel organisations and advisory sites. Some of the main topics discussed included practicalities such as travelling on public transport in Germany, through to which regions offer the most choice to anyone with restricted mobility.
Klaus Lohmann, Director for the GNTO (UK & Ireland) said: "The most important thing is that anyone who travels to Germany should be able to do so with ease and confidence. Restricted mobility could be due to a sporting injury or visitors may be in a wheelchair - our aim is to try and make their experience as enjoyable as possible. Germany is open to all." He added: "This is a long-term campaign for Germany and the input and feedback we have received today from people who can help us to gain from their expertise is invaluable."