Buenos Aires: There are more and more accessible tourist attractions
The Argentine capital became the city of the country with the largest number of providers distinguished by its accessibility for people with disabilities
In order to reduce architectural, communicational and attitudinal barriers for people with disabilities in tourism, more and more institutions and companies in the City are added as accessible providers and receive recognition of the Guidelines of the Argentine Tourism Quality System.
With a total of 35 providers, Buenos Aires is the city with the largest number of organizations that received this distinction. which implies the adaptation of spaces, among many other important interventions. The certification is delivered by the Tourism Entity of the City of Buenos Aires, the Ministry of Tourism of the Nation, the National Disability Agency and the Commission for the Full Participation and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities, in an articulated work that involved the training to more than 2000 people.
Among the members of the tourism value chain recognized for its accessibility are the Usina del Arte, the Galileo Galilei Planetarium, the Japanese Garden Cultural Complex, the Casa Rosada Museum, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the José Hernández Museum of Popular Art, the Luis Perlotti Sculpture Museum, the Buenos Aires Convention Center, La Rural Predio Ferial, the Proa Foundation, the Ciego Theater, as well as other restaurants and hotels in the City.
To receive the distinction of Accessibility Guidelines, companies and institutions participate stages such as sensitization, advice and evaluation, in a process that includes aspects such as safety in use, universal design, staff training, signage and communication, among others. In addition, the program is revalidated after two years of receiving the recognition plates that are part of the Argentine Tourism Quality System (SACT).
The commitment of the Tourism Entity and organizations also has a correlation in a sector need. Although people with disabilities are more than one billion worldwide, thousands of them give up traveling for lack of an adequate offer of tourist services or destinations, which do not offer them prior information for a trip, their stay or a comfortable experience stress free and barrier free.