Alto Minho – Portugal

Culture for All, making tourism accessible in Alto Minho

Alto Minho is being increasingly sought after by tourists due to its diversified offer. However, most of its cultural/patrimonial tourism offer does not fulfil the basic conditions of accessibility, for example not being qualified to receive tourists and visitors with functional diversity. To improve these universal accessibility conditions a diagnose of 50 cultural spaces and 10 events/festivals of ten municipalities were carried out. The diagnosis was evaluated for each of the spaces, events and festivals. The conditions of physical accessibility (for example parking, access and entry, interior, adapted toilets, exhibition rooms, reading rooms, auditoriums, show rooms and outdoor events), communication (information in Braille, tactile replicas, audio-guides with audio-description, video-guides with LGP – Portuguese Sign Language or Universal Signs and signposting). As a result sixty improvements and ten implementation plans were prepared, one per municipality, to help the responsible person for managing the spaces/events/festivals and to support political decisions.

Keywords: disability; adaptability; population; minorities; evaluation; improvements

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