Scandic Hotels is a finalist in the World Responsible Tourism Awards 2015 in the category for “Best accommodation for disability access.” This category awards a hotel or other accommodation provider that is accessible and enjoyable for all, welcoming travelers of all physical and mental capabilities, and serves as an example to the tourism industry.  “I’m very proud that we have made it to the finals for such an important award thanks to our extensive work in the area of accessibility,” says Frank Fiskers, President & CEO of Scandic Hotels.

The judges consider accommodation providers who have integrated progressive policies and practices of inclusion and accessibility into the heart of their operations. It is not just about providing wheelchair access, but having an ethos of accessibility that runs through the entire company. Several Nordic tourism companies are included on the list of 37 finalists for the Awards,  but Scandic is the only hotel chain on the list.  “I’m really looking forward to attending the award ceremony and hope that we’ll take home the gold medal,” says Magnus Berglund, Accessibility Director, Scandic Hotels.”

Scandic Hotels is a chain with 155 hotels and around 30,000 rooms across Europe. Started in 1963, it has, over the years, increased accessibility in its hotels. It was the first hotel chain to appoint a Director of Accessibility to work on improving accessibility for disabled guests. Now all the hotels have rooms adapted to guests with special needs. Scandic has also improved online information about access at its hotel. Scandic Hotels has won numerous awards for accessibility over the years. For further information, see here, here, here, and here.

In 2013, Scandic was the first hotel chain in the world to launch on its website online interactive training on disabilities that is open to everyone. More information is available at Special needs.   Scandic believes that everyone should be offered the same high Scandic standard, regardless of ability. In consultation with organizations for people with special needs, hotel guests and team members, Scandic has drawn up a checklist of 110 points called Scandic’s Accessibility Standard. This standard covers everything offered by Scandic and it is an integral part of all of Scandic’s products and services. Scandic has also implemented smart design features in rooms to make them accessible for people with disabilities.

World Responsible Tourism Awards were founded by Responsible Travel in 2004 to celebrate the most inspiring stories in responsible tourism. The Awards are organized by Responsible Travel and ICRT (International Centre for Responsible Tourism). The award ceremony is hosted by World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry on World Responsible Tourism Day, November 4, 2015.  2014 winners in the access category can be seen here.

Source: press releases.
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