RT mission has decided to start the process of making Kerala a differently-abled friendly tourist destination. A meeting was once held with the stakeholders working in this sector for the same. Guidelines will be designed and accessibility auditing conducted. Friendly Tour packages for the differently-abled will be designed. Promotional videos will also be created. Rupees 15 lakh is proposed for this scheme in 2017-18. The following will be practiced.
1. At least, 10 of the tourism destinations in Kerala will be made differently-abled friendly.
2. In 2021, Kerala will be announced as having 100% friendly tourism destinations.
3. Responsible Tourism Mission will control 10 of the differently abled friendly tour packages.
4. 500 accommodation units will be made friendly for the differently abled.
‘Barrier Free Kerala’ is a project brought forward by the Department of Tourism with the support of Responsible Tourism Mission. The project aims to convert Kerala into 100% accessible friendly tourism destination by 2021. In the initial phase, an amount of Rs. 9 Crores has been sanctioned to make 125 destinations ‘Barrier Free’. As part of the project, exciting and upcoming tourism spots will be developed into barrier free destinations by introducing accessible friendly infrastructure facilities and tour packages. RT Mission is entrusted to develop guidelines for making destinations, accommodation units as barrier-free and accessible friendly tour packages.