Inclusively yours, Flanders

Market Square in Bruges, Belgium
Market Square in Bruges, Belgium

Visit Flanders (a Belgian Government tourism service) introduced the concept that “accessible tourism is tourism” more than 15 years ago. The idea was soon adopted at a political level and has received support from subsequent Ministers of Tourism. The idea has also spread across tourism administrations and also appealed to stakeholders in the tourism sector. The key point is that they are transitioning from “accessible” to “inclusive” tourism, taking the thinking from disability groups to everyone – including young people, low income families, young families with children, older people, people with disability – in short, anyone who presently finds it difficult to experience a carefree holiday. Download Tourism Flanders action plan here.