Halifax research institute to examine accessibility in tourism industry

A Halifax travel blogger who uses a motorized wheelchair says the tourism industry needs to become more accessible for people with disabilities, and he's hoping upcoming policy discussions will lead to those improvements.


Kevin Penny, who is also an accessibility advocate, has been travelling for almost 30 years and he often runs into challenges on flights and in hotels.

He said mobility aids like wheelchairs are often damaged when they're stored with luggage on airplanes, and hotel rooms are often advertised as fully accessible but that's not always the case.

Penny said he has seen some improvements to policy over the years, but it hasn't been enough.

Penny will be part of three planning sessions hosted by Dalhousie University's MacEachen Institute for Public Policy and Governance this fall, which will explore the tourism industry and how it can better support people with disabilities during their travels.

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