Two-year inclusive tourism project for tourist sites | Innovative Practice 2018

Two-year inclusive tourism project for tourist sites | Innovative Practice 2018


A talk on Tourism for All in Lebanon by Sylvana Lakkis from the Lebanese Union for People with Physical Disabilities LPHU is human rights, non-sectarian, and non-profit organization founded in 1981.It promotes the participation of people with disabilities in society. There are 7 branches and over 1200 associate members with a specialised team of experts.Programs include Inclusive Tourism, protection, socio-economic reintegration in Lebanon and the Arab world. This slide contains four pictures that represent the four target areas of the inclusive Tourism project: Baalbeck, Chouf Biosphere Reserve, Jbeil and Tyre List of photographs that represent the target areas of the project:JBEILTYRE BAALBECKCHOUF CEDAR BIOSPHERE RESERVEAnd in the middle you find the map of lebanon The essence of the project is to enhance the role of the tourism sector as an important asset for socio-economic development, with a view to adopting a methodology for the integration of persons with disabilities in Lebanon. We provide various services and tourist activities without any prior discrimination. A smart Art diagram showing the different aspects of change in the target area and the impact of the touristic basket. A diagram is used to depict what has changed due to the impact of the tourist basket. These include accessible public parks, beach toilets, hotels, restaurants, taxi services, beach life guards, even the municipality and the creation of job vacancies for people with disabilities. A change in the perspective, culture and the mentality of the local society and stakeholders when it comes to inclusion.10 Signatures of Major stakeholders (National Platform) including Ministry of Tourism, Syndicates of Tour guides, municipalities etc., on Beirut Declaration which is a commitment to inclusive tourism and its development 2 photographs show the accessible beach and restaurant in Tyre Shore Pictures from the menu of one of the targeted areas Two pictures, one on the left showing the accessible taxi service and the one to the right showing the hotel that became accessible. There has been socio-economic impact on business, tourism and individuals throughout Lebanon. 37 jobs for people with disabilities have been created and 30 internships. Souheil, a leg amputee said “The accommodation of the public beach restaurant in Tyre, gave me the opportunity to enjoy my favorite sports again, swimming, independently.” Challenges: Despite funding from the EU, there are insufficient funds to adapt and accommodate the selected locations as well as many cultural barriers that need breaking. Link to the accessible Tourism for All Website both English and Arabicwww.lebanontourism4all.org The next step would be creating more pilots to cover more areas, target more beneficiaries and stakeholders and work on encouraging municipalities to become more accessible.

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