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Brighton and Hove to champion better access to tourist attractions

The Argus: Brighton's attractions have been reviewed to see how mobility access could be improved Brighton's attractions have been reviewed to see how mobility access could be improved

BRIGHTON and Hove has been named as one of four tourist destinations chosen to work with the national tourist board, VisitEngland, to improve access to attractions.

The Access for All campaign is aimed at championing and improving accessible tourism in England and the city was invited to take part because of its consistent commitment to improving accessibility for visitors.

As part of the campaign, which will be funded by £100,000 from the regional growth fund, as well as contributions from partners and VisitBrighton, the city’s top accommodation spots and visitor attractions were investigated to see if the access can be improved.

The Royal Pavilion, Preston Manor and the city’s museums as well as the Thistle Brighton, Jurys Inn and Hilton Brighton Metropole were all assessed as part of the project.

Investigations were carried out to look at the public areas and bedrooms, signage, literature and websites to assess the wheelchair access and how they accommodated those with hearing and visual impairments.

Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Economic Development & Culture committee, said: “This campaign is a cost-effective way for us to showcase our accessible tourism businesses and attract more visits from disabled travellers and those with access needs.

“We know there’s plenty more work to be done to ensure access isn’t a barrier wherever possible but this is a step in the right direction and it’s good to know that Brighton and Hove is among the destinations leading the way. “The aim of the work done at the hotels and attractions is to ensure that accessible rooms as well as public spaces are accessible to the highest level they can achieve.”

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7:41am Fri 21 Mar 14

gheese77 says...

Where is the beach in the article picture ? its not Brighton
Where is the beach in the article picture ? its not Brighton gheese77
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8:15am Fri 21 Mar 14

5ghayter says...

gheese77 wrote:
Where is the beach in the article picture ? its not Brighton
It's Weymouth beach. Quite why it's featured in this article I don't know.
Exact same picture can be found here: http://www.dorsetech
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[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: Where is the beach in the article picture ? its not Brighton[/p][/quote]It's Weymouth beach. Quite why it's featured in this article I don't know. Exact same picture can be found here: http://www.dorsetech o.co.uk/news/1107926 5.All_aboard_for_new _high_speed_train_se rvice_between_Bristo l_and_Weymouth/ 5ghayter
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8:26am Fri 21 Mar 14

Just trying to earn a crust says...

I'm sure visit England is not aware that the council are considering taxing the tourists, whether they visit the Pavilion and Preston Manor or not
I'm sure visit England is not aware that the council are considering taxing the tourists, whether they visit the Pavilion and Preston Manor or not Just trying to earn a crust
  • Score: 9

9:03am Fri 21 Mar 14

Joshiman says...

gheese77 wrote:
Where is the beach in the article picture ? its not Brighton
Well spotted.Proof and photograph readers.Do your job.
[quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: Where is the beach in the article picture ? its not Brighton[/p][/quote]Well spotted.Proof and photograph readers.Do your job. Joshiman
  • Score: 2

10:30am Fri 21 Mar 14

MikeyA says...

Joshiman wrote:
gheese77 wrote:
Where is the beach in the article picture ? its not Brighton
Well spotted.Proof and photograph readers.Do your job.
Don't you recognise the wide expanse of Brighton's sandy beaches?
[quote][p][bold]Joshiman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]gheese77[/bold] wrote: Where is the beach in the article picture ? its not Brighton[/p][/quote]Well spotted.Proof and photograph readers.Do your job.[/p][/quote]Don't you recognise the wide expanse of Brighton's sandy beaches? MikeyA
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1:04pm Fri 21 Mar 14

bug eye says...

What about access to the city itself, anti car local policies do not help the disabled get here in the first place. I do not know many disabled people who can ride a bike without some difficulty.
What about access to the city itself, anti car local policies do not help the disabled get here in the first place. I do not know many disabled people who can ride a bike without some difficulty. bug eye
  • Score: 7

6:28pm Fri 21 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

Access to attractions is one thing but what about the pavements and dropped kerbs to get to attractions. Getting into attractions is only half the battle!
Access to attractions is one thing but what about the pavements and dropped kerbs to get to attractions. Getting into attractions is only half the battle! mimseycal
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