With a total of 8,390 votes, Avilés has been chosen the best accessible tourist destination 2016, title that has been awarded for the third edition of the “Destination Accessible Tourism” campaign, promoted by thyssenkxrupp Encasa. He has been closely followed by Linares, with 5,470 votes, and Cordoba, with 5,250. In this third edition, whose voting period has been from October 14 to November 14, both inclusive, there have been a total of 37,098 votes among the 20 nominations submitted.
“We are very happy to see the numerous participation that has taken place in this third edition, as it has far exceeded the previous two. This indicates that increasingly, municipalities and their citizens are focused on universal accessibility and that these cities are guaranteed to be visited and enjoyed by anyone, “says Belén Galán, director of marketing and communication of thyssenkrupp Encasa.
The campaign began after proposing the German multinational to its followers in social networks, who recommended the most accessible tourist destinations as a result of their own experiences. Of all the applications submitted through Facebook, Twitter and Google+, those meeting the three requirements were selected: exceeding 20,000 inhabitants, having a comprehensive accessibility plan and having at least designed an accessible route showing places Most emblematic of the locality and designed to be traveled by anyone, whether or not had reduced mobility. Subsequently, through the website www.destinoaccesible.es, users started voting.
As a novelty, PREDIF, the State Representative Platform for People with Physical Disability, has been collaborating in this edition, whose mission is very in tune with the objectives pursued by this campaign, such as promoting equal opportunities and improving The quality of life of people with physical disabilities.
On November 25, the campaigners, in a ceremony organized together with the Avilés City Hall, will deliver a commemorative plaque and trophy to Mariví Monteserín, mayor of that city, which recognizes that the services Accessibility programs put in place by its city council are the best valued by the users, as well as the effort of the institutions avilesinas to facilitate that anyone can enjoy tourism activities without limitations.
“The city of Avilés is added to a list headed by Cáceres and Lugo, winners of the I and II edition, respectively. And that we hope to continue expanding year after year, so that it becomes a more distinctive of the recognized Spain Brand. A recognition that promotes the importance of our cities and our heritage, can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their mobility, “added Galán.
PREDIF, State Representative Platform for People with Physical Disability, is a state-owned non-profit organization, declared a public utility, representing and promoting actions in favor of almost 100,000 people with physical disabilities. It has an experience of more than 30 years through its member federations ASPAYM, COAMIFICOA and ECOM, and the seven regional PREDIF, PREDIF Asturias, PREDIF Murcia, PREDIF Galicia, PREDIF Castilla y León, CODISA-PREDIF Andalucía, PREDIF Murcia and PREDIF Valencian Community.
In addition, PREDIF is now a reference in the field of accessible tourism, as it chairs the Committee on Tourism and Leisure inclusive of CERMI, and its protocols and criteria in the area of accessibility are agreed by the entire disability sector.
About thyssenkrupp Encasa
Thyssenkrupp Encasa S.r.l, a branch in Spain, is one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of platforms and stair-lift chairs, as well as lifts for homes. Thyssenkrupp Encasa conceptualizes, designs and implements individual solutions for customers. The company is a part of the Elevator Technology business area.
Thyssenkrupp Access Solutions is one of the leading providers of mobility solutions, in the public and private sectors, with 21 companies worldwide. The range of products offered are lift chairs, platforms, hoists and elevators for homes, as well as boarding passes for passengers. Since October 2012, Access Solutions combines the Access business areas with Airport Systems within the Elevator Technology area of thyssenkrupp AG.
The Elevator Technology business area brings together the global activities of the thyssenkrupp Group in passenger transport systems. With sales of 6.4 billion euros in fiscal year 2013/2014 and customers in 150 countries, thyssenkrupp Elevator is one of the world’s leading lifting companies. With more than 50,000 qualified employees