Cancun, Q.R. – The state’s Accessible Tourism sector will be doing more this year to accommodate senior and disabled persons by adding specialized tours and training more guides.
The move comes after recent statistics show that a vast majority of disabled people visiting the state opt to participate in activities that do not have the necessary facilities for those with disabilities.
Ricardo Muleiro López, president of the Cancun Marine Association, estimates that 60 percent of their facilities are equipped to accommodate seniors and the disabled, however, this group only makes up 2 percent of their users.
He says that while most of the port facilities have certified guides and ramps for water access, statistics show seniors and those with physical disabilities are more interested in activities such as jungle tours and catamarans rather than renting personal watercraft such as jet skis. He adds that these figures highlight a new market niche to create additional attractions to promote repetitive tourism.
State Secretary of Tourism, Marisol Vanegas Pérez, added that one of this year’s objectives for Quintana Roo will be to make all tourist destinations accessible. The state intends to generate a Tourism for All! that will promote universal accessibility that will take into account the needs of all, including special groups and families traveling with children, citizens of the elderly and people with disabilities, among others.
She says that two beaches in Playa del Carmen are equipped with special beach wheelchairs, walkways, bathrooms and ramps as well as walkers and beach chairs for the disabled.
In Cancun, Playa Delfines is an inclusive beach that is fully equipped to accommodate both seniors and the disabled with the same equipment with the addition of three recreation areas and a specialized playground for disabled children.
The reviews were part of International Tourism Day held on September 27. Local organizations are also suggesting specialized guide training in areas such as sign language.